Northwest Airlines today
announced that it will begin offering new daily service from Detroit to
Guangzhou, China, through its Pacific hub at Tokyo beginning October 31.
The new flight will also provide convenient, daily single-connection
service between Guangzhou and seven U.S. gateways served by Northwest
including Honolulu, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York-JFK,
Portland, Ore., San Francisco and Seattle.
Guangzhou will be Northwest’s 15th destination in its comprehensive
Asia/Pacific network, which includes more cities than any other U.S.
airline. The flights will operate from the New Baiyun International
Airport. Guangzhou is China’s third-largest city and a major center of
On Friday, Northwest received U.S. Department of Transportation approval
of its application to offer the service. The carrier’s application
followed the historic bilateral agreement announced by the United States
and Chinese governments last month, which liberalizes air transportation
between the two countries.
“Northwest’s new flights will offer travelers convenient daily service
between Guangzhou and top business and leisure destinations in the United
States,” said Phil Haan, executive vice president - international, sales
and information services. “Northwest extends its gratitude to the
negotiating teams from the United States Department of State and
Department of Transportation, as well as the Chinese government, for their
efforts in reaching this historic agreement.”
The flight will be operated with a Boeing 747-400 from Northwest’s
WorldGateway hub at Detroit to Tokyo, with 65 seats in World Business
Class and 338 seats in coach class. From Tokyo to Guangzhou, the flight
will be operated with a 757-200, with 20 seats in World Business Class and
162 seats in coach class.
Northwest’s new Guangzhou service is currently open for sale via the
Internet at http://www.nwa.com/ , by calling Northwest Airlines
Reservations at 1-800-447-4747, or through some travel agencies. The
flight will be widely available for sale on Saturday, August 7, 2004.
Currently, Northwest offers daily flights from its Tokyo hub to Shanghai,
and six times weekly service to Beijing, in addition to its daily service
to Hong Kong. Northwest has served China since 1947.
NORTHWEST SERVES MORE OF ASIA
Northwest offers service to more destinations in Asia, more flights to
Japan and more flights within Asia than any other U.S. airline. The
airline operates a hub from Satellite Two at Tokyo’s Narita Airport that
connects the U.S. gateways of Detroit, Honolulu, Los Angeles,
Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York-JFK, Portland, Ore., San Francisco and
Seattle to key destinations such as Bangkok, Thailand, Beijing, Busan,
South Korea, Guam, Hong Kong, Manila, Philippines, Nagoya, Japan, Saipan,
Seoul, South Korea, Shanghai, China, Singapore and Taipei, Taiwan.
Northwest also offers nonstop service from Osaka to Detroit and Taipei,
and from Nagoya to Detroit, Manila, and Saipan.