Northwest Airlines have released details of the domestic support for
the airline’s proposal with the U.S. Department of Transportation for a new service between the U.S. and ChinaU.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.),
and Bob Corker(R-Tenn.), Congressmen Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), and John
J. Duncan Jr. (R-Tenn.), and Mayors Willie Herenton (Memphis) and A.C.
Wharton, Jr. (Shelby County) have expressed their strong support.
The Tennessee leaders have urged the DOT to award Northwest
nonstop service to Shanghai and Beijing from Detroit, supporting the
airline’s proposal because:
— Northwest operates a total of 18 roundtrip flights daily
between its WorldGateway and four Tennessee airports in
Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville and the Tri-Cities area of
— Northwest’s catchment area traffic is far greater than any
— Approximately 120,000 individuals and civic associations so
far, including several state governors, numerous airport
officials, chambers of commerce, and corporate customers also
support Northwest’s proposal.
— Northwest is the only carrier prepared to immediately start
offering service in 2007, a valuable benefit to Tennessee
— Concerns for the need to counteract the widening frequency
advantage of United Airlines and Star Alliance.
— Northwest would provide single connecting service to the
largest number of new U.S. markets, reaching the most
“Northwest’s proposal benefits not only passengers in the Midwest,
but also passengers in the Southeast and Northeast who can
conveniently travel via Detroit,” said Andrea Fischer Newman,
Northwest Airlines senior vice president of government affairs.
“Northwest’s U.S.-China proposal best meets the DOT’s stated goal of
maximizing public benefits.”
Northwest has received strong support from Tennessee’s leaders for
its proposal to the DOT, including bipartisan support from elected
officials. Leaders from more than 55 companies, along with 19 airports
and several chambers of commerce are urging the DOT to award Northwest
new China routes.
Additional reasons why a very large and diverse base of support
also is urging the DOT to award Northwest new China routes are:
— Detroit lies on the Great Circle route and is geographically
located to serve the most U.S. cities with non-circuitous
connections and shortest trip times.
— Northwest is the only applicant able to provide comprehensive U.S.-China competition against United Airlines ensuring the
lowest possible fares.
— Detroit is the largest U.S. hub gateway to Asia, providing the
greatest public benefit, hence a logical first choice.
— Northwest would use large, customer-appealing Boeing 747-400
aircraft in 2007, and new state-of-the-art Boeing 787 aircraft
Also U.S. Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), and
Congressman Leonard Boswell (D-Iowa), Congressman James Oberstar (D-Minn.),
Congressman Jim Ramstad (R-Minn.), and Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-Minn.) have expressed their strong
support for the airline’s proposal.