AMERICAS: DHL departure will hurt Northwest

Northwest Airlines’ cargo future is looking grim as the carrier prepares for the loss of its largest customer, DHL Express, next year. Northwest said it will quit flying for DHL late next year. The carrier may be forced to consolidate its airfreight business, or to consider a merger, but it claims selling it is not […]


Northwest Airlines’ cargo future is looking grim as the carrier prepares for the loss of its largest customer, DHL Express, next year. Northwest said it will quit flying for DHL late next year.

The carrier may be forced to consolidate its airfreight business, or to consider a merger, but it claims selling it is not an option. Chief financial officer Dave Davis said Northwest is "actively looking" for the right partner for a possible merger. Northwest’s fleet of 747 freighters makes it the only US carrier with dedicated cargo aircraft.