Midwest Upgrade Service and Schedule

1st Apr 2005

Travelers flying Midwest
and Midwest Connect will benefit from enhanced and more
convenient service between Milwaukee and a number of Midwestern
destinations beginning in June. Midwest Airlines today announced that beginning June 1 it will fly new
Boeing 717 aircraft on three of its five daily roundtrip flights between
Milwaukee and Minneapolis-St. Paul—an equipment upgrade from the
smaller regional jets currently serving the market. The flights will
feature the airline’s hallmark Signature Service—two-by-two leather
seating with adjustable headrests and footrests; extra legroom;
comfortable, attentive and professional service; and baked-onboard
chocolate chip cookies. Minneapolis travelers will be able to make
convenient connections in Milwaukee to more than 30 destinations

“We’re very pleased to be bringing our Signature Service product to
passengers traveling to and from Minneapolis-St. Paul,” said Scott R.
Dickson, senior vice president and chief marketing officer. “We began
serving Minneapolis in 2002 and have experienced tremendous customer
growth. Using larger aircraft allows us to be responsive to the growing
demand, and more importantly provides us the opportunity to offer our
loyal passengers the level of service that earned us our reputation as
‘The best care in the air.’”

In conjunction with the June 1 service enhancement, Midwest will move its
ticket counter and gate facilities at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport to
the modern and expanded Humphrey Terminal. The Humphrey Terminal, located
off 34th Avenue, offers covered parking and easy access to taxis, hotel
shuttles, rental cars and the new Hiawatha corridor light rail system that
connects the airport with downtown Minneapolis, the University of
Minnesota and the Mall of America.

“Customers will really appreciate the convenience of the Humphrey
Terminal,” Dickson added. “It’s only a short walk from the parking lot to
our new counter and gate—much closer than our current location.”

Also effective June 1, Midwest Connect will add an additional daily
roundtrip flight between Milwaukee and Des Moines, La Crosse and
Rhinelander. With the added service, the airline will offer four daily
roundtrip flights between Milwaukee and both Des Moines and Rhinelander,
and three daily roundtrips between Milwaukee and La Crosse. The added
Rhinelander flight—which makes a stop in Wausau in the northbound
direction—will be provided seasonally to accommodate increased demand
during the summer tourist season.


Dickson pointed out that the new Midwest Connect service reflects the
airline’s ongoing commitment to provide superior air service throughout
Wisconsin and the Midwest. In addition to offering travelers more choice
of flight times, the new flights will provide improved connections via
Milwaukee to destinations throughout the Midwest Airlines and Midwest
Connect route system. Several existing flights in these markets will also
be retimed to improve their connectivity. The new Midwest Connect service
will be offered on Beech 1900 aircraft, specially fitted with 19 contoured
leather seats and featuring stand-up cabins.


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