FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wisconsin’s largest airline improves schedule with expanded
flight options to Boston, Detroit, Kansas City, Mo. and New York
MILWAUKEE – (March 24, 2005) – Northwest Airlines today announced that it is continuing its Milwaukee schedule buildup with its sixth expansion in less than two years. The airline will be adding a total of seven flights including two new flights from Milwaukee to Denver and increasing the number of nonstops it offers from Milwaukee to Boston, Detroit, Kansas City and New York.
“Our new service to Denver and additional frequencies to top business and leisure markets offer both our corporate customers and leisure travelers more nonstop choices on Northwest,” said Jim Cron, vice president of domestic pricing and yield management. “Today, Northwest flies more of Milwaukee’s international travelers than any other airline, and provides an unmatched combination of nonstop and connecting service from Milwaukee to hundreds of cities in the U.S. and throughout the world.”
When the last of the new flights start on June 9, Northwest will offer up to 38 all-jet flights a day to 13 nonstop destinations, making Milwaukee the airline’s fifth largest operation in the U.S. The new schedule includes the most flights the airline has offered from Milwaukee in more than 14 years, and represents an increase of 140% from the 16 flights a day to three nonstop destinations that Northwest offered in June 2003.
Nearly all of the growth has involved adding new nonstop service from Milwaukee to popular business and leisure destinations that complement Northwest’s existing service to its domestic hubs at Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul and Memphis, Tenn.
NEW DENVER SERVICE
On June 9, Northwest will begin twice daily service from Milwaukee to Denver. The flights are timed to allow for convenient one-day business trips.
EXPANDED FLIGHT CHOICES TO TOP DESTINATIONS
Northwest will also increase frequencies in top business and leisure markets with the addition of five flights. On May 2, the carrier will offer a new midday flight option from Milwaukee to New York (LaGuardia), increasing the number of flights from two to three. That same day, Northwest will increase the number of flights from Milwaukee to Kansas City from one to three, adding new morning and evening departures that allow for one-day business trips.
On June 9, Northwest will offer a new midday flight option from Milwaukee to Boston, increasing the number of flights from two to three. That same day, Northwest will add a flight between Milwaukee and its WorldGateway at Detroit hub, which allows for convenient evening connections in Detroit from destinations along the East Coast. This additional flight will also make more one-day itineraries possible for business travelers.
All of the new flights will be operated by Northwest Airlink partner Pinnacle Airlines, utilizing the Canadair Regional Jet (CRJ), seating up to 50 passengers. Some of the new flights to Boston will operate six days per week, with limited exceptions on weekends.
In June, Northwest and Northwest Airlink will offer up to 38 all-jet flights from Milwaukee to 13 nonstop destinations including:
· Boston (three flights)
· Denver (two flights)
· Detroit (seven flights)
· Kansas City (three flights)
· Las Vegas
· Los Angeles
· Memphis (three flights)
· Minneapolis/St. Paul (seven flights)
· Orlando, Fla.
· Pittsburgh, Penn. (two flights)
· New York (LaGuardia, three flights)
· Toronto (two flights)
· Washington (three flights)
In Milwaukee, all of Northwest’s customers board and deplane their flights through the comfort and convenience of enclosed loading bridges that shield customers from the weather and ramp environment and allow them to avoid outdoor boarding via stairs.
Customers currently holding tickets on connecting itineraries to Denver on Northwest will be able to change to Northwest’s new nonstop service without paying an administrative change fee by contacting the airline or their travel agent by April 30, 2005.
BONUS FREQUENT FLYER MILES
In celebration of its new Denver service, Northwest is offering 1,000 WorldPerks frequent flyer program bonus miles for flying on the airline’s new Milwaukee-Denver nonstops. The bonus miles are being awarded for flying roundtrip on a paid ticket on the new route between June 9 and July 31, 2005. Registration is required prior to travel, but not later than July 31, 2005.
WorldPerks membership is required to participate in this offer. Online membership is available at www.nwa.com/cgi-bin/wp_enroll.pro. Registration for the Milwaukee bonus mile offer and a complete list of terms and conditions is available at www.nwa.com/offers/mkeden.
NORTHWEST SERVES THE MOST WISCONSIN CITIES
Northwest and its Northwest Airlink partners carry more Wisconsin travelers than any other airline. The airline serves a total of eight cities including Appleton, Eau Claire, Green Bay, La Crosse, Madison, Milwaukee, Rhinelander and Wausau. Northwest is the number one airline in seven of those eight cities and is the only airline to offer local travelers daily, larger “mainline” jet aircraft service in Green Bay, La Crosse and Madison.
NORTHWEST IS MILWAUKEE’S LONGEST-SERVING AIRLINE
Northwest’s Milwaukee service began on July 5, 1927, and the airline has been serving Wisconsin’s largest city longer than any other carrier. Today, Northwest is Milwaukee’s largest international airline and largest major airline. In 1961, Northwest Orient was the first airline to offer jet service to Milwaukee. Today, it flies the largest daily scheduled passenger aircraft into General Mitchell International Airport with its 224-seat Boeing 757-300.
Northwest’s new flights to Denver, Kansas City and New York will be open for sale on March 26 at www.nwa.com, through Northwest Airlines Reservations at 1-800-225-2525 or through travel agencies. Northwest’s additional flights to Boston and Detroit will be available for sale on April 2.
Northwest Airlines is the world’s fourth largest airline with hubs at Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Memphis, Tokyo and Amsterdam, and approximately 1,500 daily departures. Northwest is a member of SkyTeam, an airline alliance that offers customers one of the world’s most extensive global networks. Northwest and its travel partners serve more than 900 cities in excess of 160 countries on six continents.
For more information pertaining to Northwest, media inquiries can be directed to Northwest Media Relations at (612) 726-2331 or to Northwest’s Web site at www.nwa.com.