Judge Denies Demand for Delta Testimony, Documents in Hearing

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NEW YORK (AP) - A federal bankruptcy judge in New York has quashed subpoenas by a pilots union seeking documents related to a
hostile takeover bid for Delta Air Lines Incorporated and testimony
from its chief executive.

The judge said today he did NOT see how the unsolicited 8.9 billion dollar bid could be factored into the motion to alter the labor contract governing about 15-hundred pilots working for Comair. U-S Airways Group made the bid for Delta on November 15th.

Kentucky-based Comair is a subsidiary of Delta that operates connecting flights.

A lawyer for the Air Line Pilots Association had argued that the U-S Airways bid -- if successful -- could make further labor concessions unnecessary. Delta has opposed the proposal.

The regional carrier was in court for the first day of hearings to seek permission to impose 15.8 million dollars in concessions on its pilots.

The air carrier offers daily service to Huntsville and Birmingham.

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