This Will Be All-Out War

As Eastern Airlines prepared to embark on a new flight plan last week, another major carrier flew into the combat zone. In Minnesota directors of NWA, the parent company of Northwest Airlines, broke a week-long silence by rejecting a $2.6 billion takeover bid from a group headed by Los Angeles investor Marvin Davis. In spurning the $90-a-share offer, NWA Chairman Steven Rothmeier, 42, said his firm fully intends to remain independent. But Davis, whose group owns 3% of NWA's shares, vowed to press ahead with plans to acquire the company and its prize asset, Northwest, the fourth largest U.S. airline. The...

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