Northwest Airlines today announced that it will offer additional nonstop
flights between its Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul and Tokyo hubs beginning
with its spring schedule.
Beginning May 1, Northwest will double its daily service to Tokyo from its
WorldGateway hub at Detroit, offering a total of two daily Boeing 747-400
trips, each with 403 seats.
In addition, from May 1 through October 30, 2004, Northwest will offer
eight flights per week between its Minneapolis/St. Paul hub and Tokyo, an
increase of one weekly frequency. The flight, which will be offered on
Saturdays, will also be operated with a 747-400.
The flights will provide travelers between Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul
and Tokyo with additional flight choices. In addition, the new nonstops
will provide additional options to travelers from scores of connecting
cities in North America through the airline’s convenient hubs at Detroit
and Minneapolis/St. Paul, as well as single connection service to 12
cities in Northwest’s Asia/Pacific network through its Tokyo hub.
“Travelers between North America and the Asia/Pacific region are
responding to Northwest’s comprehensive network, new World Business Class
comforts, convenient hub airports and customer service technology,” said
Phil Haan, executive vice president - international, sales and information
services. “Northwest offers more service to Japan, serves more
destinations in Asia and offers a better connecting airport experience
than any other U.S. airline.”
From Northwest’s Tokyo hub, travelers will be able to make single
connections to the airline’s Asia/Pacific network which includes Bangkok,
Thailand; Beijing; Busan, South Korea; Guam; Hong Kong; Manila,
Philippines; Nagoya, Japan; Saipan, Mariana Islands; Seoul, South Korea;
Shanghai, China; Singapore and Taipei, Taiwan.
From Detroit, Flight 25 will depart Northwest’s WorldGateway at 2:30 p.m.
and arrive at Tokyo’s Narita Airport the following day at 4:30 p.m. Flight
26 will depart Tokyo at 3:00 p.m. and return to Detroit at 1:35 p.m. the
On Saturdays, Flight 3 will depart Minneapolis/St. Paul at 3:30 p.m. and
arrive Tokyo’s Narita Airport on Sundays at 5:30 p.m. Flight 14 will
depart Tokyo on Saturdays at 4:40 p.m. and return to Minneapolis/St. Paul
at 1:30 p.m. the same day.
During the fourth quarter of 2004, Northwest will complete retro-fitting
its entire 747-400 fleet with the airline’s new lie-flat World Business
Class seat that allows passengers to recline to 176 degrees, offering more
degrees of recline than what is available on any other U.S. airline and
many international carriers. Northwest’s new World Business Class seat
offers passengers a virtually infinite number of adjustments so that the
seat is able to conform to the position that is most comfortable for the
The World Business Class cabins of Northwest’s 747-400s are also being
equipped with a new, fully interactive in-flight entertainment system,
offering a wide variety of music, movies, short subject programs, games,
shopping, and in-flight information, all “on demand.” The new system
permits customers the freedom and flexibility to start, pause or stop any
of these options at any time. World Business Class customers have a better
viewing experience with a 10.4 inch video screen, which is 50 percent
larger than the screens found in business class seats on other U.S.
airlines and many international airlines.
All of Northwest’s new World Business Class comforts are also being
offered on the airline’s fleet of Airbus A330 aircraft.
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. With its travel partners, Northwest
serves nearly 750 cities in almost 120 countries on six continents. In
2002, consumers from throughout the world recognized Northwest’s efforts
to make travel easier. A 2002 J.D. Power and Associates study ranked
airports at Detroit and Minneapolis/St. Paul, home to Northwest’s two
largest hubs, tied for second place among large domestic airports in
overall customer satisfaction. Readers of TTG Asia and TTG China named
Northwest “Best North American airline.”