Northwest Airlines, now a part of Delta, has agreed to pay a federal fine and cooperate in an ongoing investigation into cargo price fixing from at least July 2004 until at least February 2006. The airline also “terminated the employment of the individual who it believed had primary responsibility for the conduct in question.”
The fine and guilty plea was announced by the U.S. Justice Department as part of its continuing investigation of cargo price fixing that to date has seen 16 airlines plead guilty and pay fine of more than $1.6 billion. Four airline executives have served prison time due to the charges and a fifth is awaiting trial.
Delta released a statement to Air Transport World magazine that side: “The agreement between Northwest Airlines LLC and the Department of Justice relates to actions which occurred before the Delta-Northwest merger by certain employees of Northwest Airlines Cargo, Inc., the former cargo division of Northwest Airlines. The agreement doesn’t assert any misconduct by any current or former officer or member of the Board of Directors of Northwest LLC, Northwest Corp., Northwest Airlines or Delta.”
Atlanta-based Delta Air LInes became the world’s largest airline by virtue its merger with Twin Cities-based Northwest Airlines in October of 2008. biayaekspedisi