Integration between Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines continues to advance as today the FAA granted the carriers a single operating certificate following their merger in October 2008.

Achieving a single operating certificate required the integrating of roughly 385 manuals and 100 operating specifications, programs and processes at both airlines, Delta executive vice president and COO Stephen Gorman says in a memo to employees.

During the first quarter of 2010, all tickets will be consolidated into the Delta reservation system, and the Northwest website will be discontinued, he says.

The Delta website will be the official website of the merged parties as the two SkyTeam alliance carriers merged their operations under the Delta name.

Nearly 200 pre-merger Northwest aircraft have been painted in Delta's livery to date, more than 80% of the pre-merger Northwest mainline fleet.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news