You guys are probably right saying these are not "brand new" orders, the paragraph spun it as "new" aircraft orders and I hoped it would be additional orders.
As far as the codeshare talks NWA/DAL/CAL is NWA/CAL make money off each other so that would help, but then it runs into the complicated issue of who might be doing who's flying. Just my .02!
AIRINC..."the best time to join is now!" I'll tell you everything you need to know about the industry without paying Kit Darby. The industry sucks for pilots right now...it will continue to suck for several years...then it will decrease sucking...until finally at the end of the decade, it will stop sucking.
I heard from a friend of a friend an interesting theory. Since the '60s, airlines furlough during the beginning of any given decade, then hire towards the end of that given decade.