Business briefs: Gorbachev new face of Louis Vuitton

Mikhail Gorbachev, the former Soviet leader, is to appear in an ad campaign for French luxury label Louis Vuitton, a division of Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA (LVMHF), along with Steffi Graf and her husband, Andre Agassi, and Catherine Deneuve. Shot by photographer Annie Leibovitz, Gorbachev is featured in a car, a Vuitton bagat his side and the Berlin Wall in the background.

NORTHWEST AIRLINES

Northwest Airlines Corp. (NWA) and its pilots made a deal that would ease pilots’ workloads in an effort to stop the end-of-the-month cancellations that have plagued the airline. Northwest canceled hundreds of flights at the ends of June and July because it couldn’t find enough pilots. The airline had said more pilots than usual weren’t showing up for work; pilots said they were overworked.

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