Northwest Upgrades Minneapolis

Beginning March 15, 2004, Northwest becomes an all-jet operator in
Lincoln, replacing the last 34-passenger Saab 340 turbo-prop airplane with
a 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
With the upgraded service, Northwest will now offer six daily CRJ
round-trip flights between Minneapolis/St. Paul and Lincoln. “Northwest is
pleased to offer all-jet service between Minneapolis/St. Paul and Lincoln,
and we are confident that both business and pleasure travelers will find
the service convenient and useful,” said Tom Bach, vice president market
planning and Airlink.

“This latest upgrade to another regional jet flight to its Minneapolis/St.
Paul hub completes the reliable, state-of-the-art jet service product that
Northwest Airlines provides the residents of Lincoln and central
Nebraska,” said John Wood, executive director of the Lincoln Airport
Authority. “This latest service upgrade will make the Lincoln Airport an
all-jet airport. Our partnership with Northwest will continue to focus on
ensuring Northwest`s continue success in Lincoln.”

The all daily jet flights are open for sale through ,
Northwest Airlines Reservations at 1-800-225-2525 or through travel
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 as the best airline Web site. Readers of TTG
Asia and TTG China named Northwest “Best North American airline.”

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