Midwest expands long-haul fleet

Midwest Airlines has signed a letter of intent to acquire two additional
MD-80 series jet aircraft.The acquisitions will expand Midwest’s fleet of
MD-80s—which seat 143-147 passengers in the airline’s Saver Service
configuration—from 11 to 13.
  The airline plans to put the planes into revenue service in the first
half of 2007, after completion of maintenance work, refurbishment and
painting in the Midwest Airlines livery. The carrier expects to use the
newly acquired aircraft to expand long-haul flying from its Milwaukee hub,
with route and schedule details to be announced at a later date.
  “The acquisition of these aircraft provides new opportunities for
Midwest and its customers,” said Scott R. Dickson, Midwest Airlines senior
vice president and chief marketing officer. “We’re always pleased to offer
travelers more flights and more exposure to our award-winning customer
  The agreement is subject to final negotiations regarding specific terms
and conditions. Terms were not disclosed.