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Northwest and Mesaba discuss a merger

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Mesaba Saab turboprop aircraft
A Saab turboprop aircraft at MSP, part of the Mesaba fleet
MPR Photo/Jeff Horwich

Northwest and Mesaba airlines are looking at a merger. Mesaba, a carrier that flys regional flights for Northwest and is operating in bankruptcy, has been struggling to stay afloat since Eagan-based Northwest declared bankruptcy last year.  The companies say they hope this move to consolidate gives them a more secure financial future.  Cathy Wurzer talked with Barbara Beyer, president of AVMARK aviation consulting firm, about what a merger would mean for the airlines.