MILWAUKEE, Feb. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Midwest Airlines (AMEX:MEH) today announced continued route expansion as part of its 2007 strategic growth plan with the launch of nonstop service between Milwaukee and Seattle/Tacoma International Airport beginning June 18. Midwest will be the only airline offering nonstop service in the market. Seattle/Tacoma is the 49th destination in the airline’s nationwide network.
The new Milwaukee-Seattle/Tacoma service is the next step in Midwest’s comprehensive strategic plan, which includes carefully planned route expansion as well as the addition of six new destinations and as many as 12 new routes in 2007 — leading to a 20% increase in capacity in 2007.
Daily service will include a mid-morning departure from Milwaukee and an early-afternoon departure from Seattle/Tacoma. This is in addition to the daily nonstop service Midwest Airlines will offer between Kansas City and Seattle/Tacoma beginning April 1. Seattle/Tacoma customers will be able to make convenient connections via both Milwaukee and Kansas City to other cities in the Midwest route network.
The Milwaukee-Seattle/Tacoma service will operate as Midwest Airlines Saver Service, which features nonstop service and low fares to leisure destinations. Seating is arranged in a two-by-three configuration with generous legroom for extra passenger comfort. Onboard service includes complimentary soft drinks, packaged snacks and baked-onboard chocolate chip cookies, with the airline’s buy-onboard Best Care Cuisine available for purchase. DigEplayer portable inflight entertainment systems are also offered for rent.
“Seattle/Tacoma has been our customers’ most frequently requested new destination. We’re pleased to provide our superior, competitively priced service to passengers traveling there from both of our hub cities,” said Scott R. Dickson, senior vice president and chief marketing officer.
“With its significant business presence of Starbucks, Microsoft, Nordstrom and Boeing, and as the gateway to the spectacular vistas of the Cascade Mountains, the Olympic Peninsula and Puget Sound, Seattle/Tacoma is a popular destination for both business and leisure travelers. We are delighted to offer them the convenience of nonstop service from two key Midwestern cities.”
Tickets for the new Seattle/Tacoma service may be purchased at http://www.midwestairlines.com/ . Schedules, including a downloadable timetable, and fares are also available on the Web site.
Midwest Airlines features jet service throughout the United States, including Milwaukee’s most daily nonstop flights and best schedule to major destinations. Catering primarily to business travelers and discerning leisure travelers, the airline earned its reputation as “The best care in the air” by providing passengers with impeccable service and onboard amenities at competitive fares. Skyway Airlines, Inc. — Midwest’s wholly owned subsidiary — operates as Midwest Connect and offers connections to Midwest Airlines as well as point-to-point service between select markets on regional jet and turboprop aircraft. Together, the airlines offer service to 49 cities. More information is available at http://www.midwestairlines.com/ .
New Midwest Airlines Seattle/Tacoma Service
Beginning June 18, 2007
Milwaukee to Seattle/Tacoma Seattle/Tacoma to Milwaukee
Depart Arrive Frequency Depart Arrive Frequency
10:25 am 12:30 pm Daily 01:20 pm 06:55 pm Daily
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