Northwest, Midwest announce codeshare

Northwest Airlines announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Midwest Airlines to begin codesharing this summer. Subject to a final agreement, the codeshare flights will expand the networks of both carriers by opening up 250 city pairs and more than one thousand new flight options for customers.

Select Midwest Airlines flights that connect at Midwest’s Milwaukee and Kansas City hubs will carry the two letter “NW” code. Northwest will also codeshare on Midwest Airlines-operated flights between Milwaukee, Kansas City and Omaha to Atlanta, Boston, Hartford, Los Angeles and San Francisco to facilitate connections to the Northwest/KLM trans-Atlantic and Northwest trans-Pacific route network.

Routes operated by Northwest that will include the Midwest Airlines two letter “YX” code are flights that connect through Northwest’s hubs at Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul and Memphis, as well as flights to and from Indianapolis, to destinations throughout the United States and Canada. Midwest’s code will also appear on Northwest-operated flights to Hawaii for Midwest customers traveling from Milwaukee, Kansas City and Omaha through Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

The new codeshare agreement will augment the frequent flyer partnership Northwest and Midwest launched in May 2006.

“We are pleased to be expanding our existing agreement with Midwest Airlines to include codesharing,” said Nathaniel Pieper, Northwest’s vice president - alliances. “Codesharing enables Northwest to offer our customers the expanded reach and travel choices of two airlines while enjoying the convenience of a single ticket and check-in.”

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“We’re thrilled to expand our partnership with Northwest,” said Scott R. Dickson, Midwest Airlines senior vice president and chief marketing officer. “This new codeshare agreement is a win-win for everyone involved. It provides travelers with a wider choice of travel destinations and significant revenue-generating opportunities for both carriers.”

Members of Northwest’s WorldPerks and Midwest’s Midwest Miles frequent flyer programs will continue to receive accrual and redemption benefits on flights operated by both airlines.

Northwest is one of the world’s largest airlines with hubs at Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Memphis, Tokyo and Amsterdam, and approximately 1,400 daily departures. Northwest is a member of SkyTeam, an airline alliance that offers customers one of the world’s most extensive global networks. Northwest and its travel partners serve more than 900 cities in excess of 160 countries on six continents.
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