Northwest: To Fly Madison – Washington Nonstop


Wisconsin’s largest airline to connect
the state capital with the nation’s capital

MADISON, Wis. – (March 2, 2005) – Northwest Airlines today announced that it
will begin offering the only nonstop service between Madison’s Dane County
Regional Airport and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, beginning
June 9, 2005.

“Northwest is proud to build on its tradition of connecting Dane County
travelers to the world with Madison’s only nonstop service to Washington,”
said Robert Isom, senior vice president of customer service at Northwest
Airlines, at a news conference announcing the new service. “Connecting the
nation’s capital to the capital of Wisconsin, a key market for Northwest, is
yet another example of our commitment to our many loyal customers in the
Heartland of America.”

In addition to being Wisconsin’s largest airline, Northwest is also
Madison’s largest airline, offering more seats and flying more passengers
than any other carrier. Northwest provides service from Madison to all three
of its domestic hubs, where travelers can easily connect to hundreds of
destinations throughout the U.S. and the world. Northwest is also Madison’s
longest-serving airline, initiating service to Madison in 1927, its very
first year of passenger operations.

“Northwest responded to our need for a nonstop flight from Madison to
Washington, DC. This is a fabulous new service for both business travelers
and tourists alike,” said Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk.

Northwest is the only airline to provide daily flights from Madison aboard
larger “mainline” jet aircraft, which feature 16-seat first class cabins,
large overhead bins and additional cargo capacity. Northwest currently
offers 13 flights from Madison, including five to its Detroit WorldGateway
hub, seven to its hub at Minneapolis/St. Paul and one to its Memphis hub.

The new flight will be operated by Northwest Airlink partner Pinnacle
Airlines with a Canadair Regional Jet (CRJ), accommodating up to 50

Customers currently holding tickets for travel June 9 or beyond on
connecting itineraries from Madison to Washington will be able to change to
Northwest’s new nonstop service without paying an administrative change fee,
provided changes are made by March 31, 2005.

Northwest and its Northwest Airlink partners carry more Wisconsin travelers
than any other airline. The airline serves a total of eight cities, more
than any other carrier, 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 from Green
Bay, La Crosse and Madison.

Northwest offers 27 flights from Washington Reagan National Airport to a
total of seven nonstop destinations including Des Moines, Iowa, Detroit,
Grand Rapids, Mich. (beginning May 2), Indianapolis, Memphis, Milwaukee and
Minneapolis/St. Paul.

Northwest’s new Madison-Washington service will be available for sale
beginning Saturday, March 5 via the Internet at, by telephone at
Northwest Airlines Reservations at 1-800-225-2525 or through travel

New Madison – Washington Service
Flight number: Departs: Arrives:
NW 4740 2:05 p.m. 5:20 p.m.

New Washington – Madison Service
Flight number: Departs: Arrives:
NW 4741 12:05 p.m. 1:25 p.m.

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. A 2004 J.D. Power and
Associates study of airports ranked Minneapolis/St. Paul, one of Northwest’s
largest hubs, fourth among large domestic airports in overall customer