CHICAGO - A federal Second Circuit Appellate Court panel has upheld a lower court decision allowing a majority of investors who held $414 million of Kenton County, Ky., Airport Board bonds issued for Delta Air Lines Inc. to enter into a settlement as part of Delta's 2005 bankruptcy over the objections of a small group of bondholders.

The order entered into earlier this month largely removes the threat that the remaining distribution of funds to bondholders under the settlement terms could be interrupted.

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