Northwest Minneapolis and Portland Service


ST. PAUL, MINN.—(February 4, 2003)—Northwest Airlines and its Northwest Airlink affiliate, Pinnacle Airlines Corp., announced today new seasonal service between its Minneapolis-St. Paul hub and Portland, Maine beginning June 21, 2003.


The new twice-daily Minneapolis/St. Paul-Portland service will be operated with the airline’s 50-passenger Canadair Regional Jet (CRJ). The CRJ features a spacious cabin with comfortable two-by-two leather seating and other cabin amenities similar to much larger jets, such as overhead bins, a galley, lavatory, and an efficient climate control system to ensure passenger comfort.


Flights from Minneapolis/St. Paul to Portland are scheduled to allow for convenient connections to hundreds of non-stop destinations served by Northwest worldwide.


“Northwest Airlines’ expansion of regional jet service to Portland is terrific news, because it will link Portland’s Jetport directly to Northwest’s Minneapolis hub - expanding flight options for business and leisure travelers alike,” said U.S. Senator Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine), a member of the Senate’s Commerce subcommittee on aviation. “As one who has worked to expand air service in Portland and throughout Maine, I am very pleased Northwest will further bolster its seasonal service to Maine.”


“We at Northwest are pleased to begin offering this nonstop service between Minneapolis/St. Paul and Maine’s largest city, and hope that both business and pleasure travelers will find the service convenient and useful,” said Jim Cron, vice president market planning and Airlink.

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The new seasonal service will operate from June 21 to October 18, 2003. The daily jet flights are open for sale through www.nwa.com, Northwest Airlines Reservations at 1-800-225-2525 or through travel agencies.

Northwest Airlines is the world`s fourth largest airline with hubs at Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Memphis, Tokyo and Amsterdam and more than 1,500 daily departures. With its travel partners, Northwest serves nearly 750 cities in almost 120 countries on six continents. In 2002, consumers from throughout the world recognized Northwest’s efforts to make travel easier. A 2002 J.D. Powers and Associates study ranked airports at Detroit and Minneapolis/St. Paul, home to Northwest’s two largest hubs, tied for second place among large domestic airports in overall customer satisfaction. Business travelers who subscribe to OAG print and electronic flight guides rated nwa.com as the best airline Web site. Readers of TTG Asia and TTG China named Northwest “Best North American airline.”

For more information pertaining to Northwest, media inquiries can be directed to Northwest Media Relations at (612) 726-2331 or to Northwest’s Web site at www.nwa.com.


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