There will be no more Northwest Airlines. In a message to frequent-flyer cardholders today, Northwest spokesperson Bob Soukup wrote:
As a valued Northwest Airlines customer and WorldPerks member, I wanted you to be among the first to hear that we have announced a merger with Delta Air Lines. Subject to regulatory review, our two airlines are joining forces to create America's premier global airline which, upon closing of the merger, will be called Delta Air Lines.
By combining Northwest and Delta, we are building a stronger, more resilient airline that will be a leader in providing customer service and value. Our combined airline will offer unprecedented access to the world, enabling you to fly to more destinations, have more flight choices and more ways than ever to earn and redeem your WorldPerks miles. You can be assured that your WorldPerks miles and Elite program status will be unaffected by this merger. In addition, you can continue to earn miles through use of partners like WorldPerks Visa.
And once the new Delta Air Lines emerges you can look forward to being a part of the world's largest frequent flyer program with expanded benefits. The combined Delta Air Lines will serve more U.S. communities and connect to more worldwide destinations than any global airline. Our hubs -- both Delta's and Northwest's -- will be retained and enhanced. We will be the only U.S. airline to offer direct service from the United States to all of the world's major business centers in Asia, Latin America, Europe, Africa and around North America ...
There's more, but you get the idea.