World Trade Center Wisconsin: Northwest Airlines Takes Leadership Role With World Trade Center Wisconsin

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Christian Bartley, Executive Director

Phone: 414.274.3840 Fax: 414.274.3846

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Northwest lends its international experience to the board

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (March 16, 2005) – The World Trade Center Wisconsin announced today that Northwest Airlines has become a World Class member of the organization and will serve on the Center’s Board of Directors.

“We welcome Northwest Airlines as a member of the World Trade Center’s Board of Directors,” said Christian Bartley, Executive Director of World Trade Center Wisconsin. “We believe our membership and Milwaukee’s business community will greatly benefit from Northwest’s global experience and expertise.”

“Our partnership with World Trade Center Wisconsin is a natural fit for Northwest, which connects more Milwaukee-area travelers to international destinations than any other airline,” said Jim Cron, vice president of domestic pricing and yield management for Northwest Airlines, who will represent Northwest on the board. “Through our extensive global network, we provide Wisconsin businesses with connections from eight cities across the state to top international trade destinations such as Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Tokyo and cities throughout China.”

Jim Cron will represent Northwest on the WTC-Wisconsin Board of Directors. Cron joined Northwest in 1990 and currently serves as vice president of domestic pricing and yield management for Northwest. Following Northwest identifying Milwaukee in 2001 as one of a handful of cities in America’s Heartland critical to the success of the airline, Cron has made several visits to the city, meeting with business and community leaders, travel agents and the airline’s customers. He has also announced the many expansions that Northwest has made to its Milwaukee schedule since July 2003.

Northwest is Milwaukee’s longest-serving airline, flying Milwaukee travelers for nearly 80 years, and is the choice of more Wisconsin travelers than any other carrier. In 1961, Northwest was the first airline to offer jet service from Milwaukee. Today, Northwest and its partners connect Milwaukee to the world, with an all-jet schedule of nonstop service from General Mitchell International Airport to 17 top business and leisure destinations, and convenient connections to a network including more than 900 cities in more than 160 countries, through its convenient hubs in Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Memphis, Amsterdam and Tokyo.

Northwest also serves more cities in the state of Wisconsin than any other airline, including Appleton, Eau Claire, Green Bay, La Crosse, Madison, Milwaukee, Rhinelander and Wausau.

ABOUT NORTHWEST AIRLINES

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 satisfaction.

ABOUT WORLD TRADE CENTER WISCONSIN

The World Trade Center Wisconsin is a Charter Member of the New York-based World Trade Centers Association, with a mission to enhance international trade, promote economic development and foster peace. Through fostering trade and business leads, and offering research information and education programs, the World Trade Center Wisconsin improves the ability of Wisconsin’s business principals to compete and prosper in the global marketplace. For more information, visit www.WisTrade.org.