updated 1/13/2006 1:51:44 PM ET 2006-01-13T18:51:44

Two Delta Air Lines Inc. bankruptcy hearings were postponed Friday, a day after a new judge was permanently assigned to replace the previous judge who stepped down for health reasons.

No reason was given for the delay, but some legal experts had suggested there might be a brief disruption to the proceedings after Judge Prudence Carter Beatty’s departure from the case was announced. The case was reassigned Thursday on a permanent basis to Judge Adlai Hardin.

Hearings scheduled for Jan. 19 and Feb. 2 have been rescheduled for Feb. 6, at Hardin’s direction, court papers said. Some of the matters that were to be taken up at those hearings, including a motion regarding antitrust claims, will be heard at a later date that has not yet been determined.

The nature of Beatty’s medical problem has not been disclosed by the court.

Atlanta-based Delta, the nation’s third-largest carrier, filed for Chapter 11 protection in New York on Sept. 14.

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