Business & Finance: New Pilot for Northwest

While most U.S. airlines have been climbing, Northwest Airlines has just barely managed to hold its cruising altitude. In the industry, the talk had it that Northwest's problems were due to maintenance and pilot trouble, plus mounting costs and increased competition. But a group of Eastern investors who recently blocked a proposed merger of Northwest and Capital Airlines seemed to have a different idea. They apparently thought that what the line needed was a change in the operations office.

Croil Hunter, who joined Northwest in 1932 and rose to its presidency in five...

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