Northwest to Fly Portland - Tokyo

7th Jan 2004

Northwest Airlines today announced that it will offer daily nonstop
service between Portland, Ore. and Tokyo, beginning June 10, 2004.

The new service will make Portland the airline`s eighth U.S.-Japan gateway
and fourth West coast destination from Tokyo, more than what`s offered by
any other airline on both counts, as well as the first new Tokyo gateway
that the airline has launched in almost five years.

“Northwest is excited by the opportunity to bring our 56 years of trans-
Pacific experience, unrivaled Asia/Pacific network, and customer comforts
and services to the Portland-Tokyo market,” said Richard Anderson, chief
executive officer of Northwest Airlines. “Travelers to and from Oregon
will now have the convenience of nonstop flights from our Satellite 2
facilities at Narita Airport near Tokyo, and single connections between
Portland and 12 cities in our Asia/Pacific network.”

From Northwest`s Tokyo hub, Portland travelers will be able to make single
connections to the airline`s Asia/Pacific network which includes Bangkok,
Thailand; Beijing; Busan, South Korea; Guam; Hong Kong; Manila,
Philippines; Nagoya, Japan; Saipan, Mariana Islands; Seoul, South Korea;
Shanghai, People`s Republic of China; Singapore and Taipei, Taiwan.

“Leaders in business, government and at the Port of Portland made it clear
to Northwest that the community would value and support nonstop service to
Tokyo,” said Phil Haan, executive vice president of international, sales
and information services. “We view today`s announcement as the beginning
of what we hope will be a mutually beneficial partnership to make
Portland-Tokyo service a success for business and leisure travelers, the
community and Northwest.”


U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), a member of the Senate Aviation Subcommittee
and the full Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, said,
“The Tokyo service will create new opportunities for increased links
between Oregon and Asia, with the potential to benefit businesses in both
Japan and Oregon.” He added, “I commend and thank Northwest Airlines for
its decision to recognize the resurgence of Portland as an international
Northwest`s new flights are timed to allow convenient connections in
Portland to and from nearly 30 U.S. destinations served by Northwest and
its marketing partner airlines, including Alaska Airlines, Horizon Air,
Continental Airlines and Delta Air Lines.

“Oregon will benefit tremendously from this new service,” said U.S. Sen.
Gordon Smith (R-Ore.). “From tourism to high tech, our economy is closely
intertwined with the availability of direct contact with Asia, and this
will help bring desperately needed jobs to Oregon.”

Flight 5 will depart Portland International Airport at 1:50 p.m. PST and
arrive at Tokyo`s Narita Airport the following day at 4:30 p.m. Flight 6
will depart Tokyo at 3:10 p.m. and return to Portland at 8:15 a.m. PST the
same day.
Initially, the flight will be operated with a DC10-30 aircraft, with 26
seats in Northwest`s World Business Class and 247 seats in coach class.

In the fourth quarter of 2004, the flight is planned to transition to
Northwest`s new long-range Airbus A330-200 aircraft, with 32 seats in
World Business Class and 211 seats in coach class. Northwest will begin
taking delivery of the first of 10 new A330-200s it has ordered in
The A330-200 will be equipped with Northwest`s new lie-flat World Business
Class seat that allows passengers to recline to 176 degrees, offering more
degrees of recline than what is available on any other U.S. airline and
many international carriers. Northwest`s new World Business Class seat
offers passengers a virtually infinite number of adjustments so that the
seat is able to conform to the position that is most comfortable for the
individual passenger.

The A330-200 will also be equipped with Northwest`s new, fully interactive
in-flight entertainment system, offering both World Business Class and
coach customers a wide variety of music, movies, short subject programs,
games, shopping, and in-flight information, all “on demand.” The new
system permits customers the freedom and flexibility to start, pause, or
stop any of these options at any time. World Business Class seats on
Northwest`s A330 have a 10.4 inch video screen, which is 50 percent larger
than the screens found in business class seats on other U.S. airlines and
many international airlines. Coach seats have an individual 6.5 inch
In celebration of Northwest`s new Portland-Tokyo nonstop service, the
airline is offering a special introductory fare of $319 each way from
Portland to Tokyo or Nagoya, Japan. Northwest is also offering
introductory fares from Portland to Beijing, Busan, Hong Kong, Seoul,
Shanghai, Singapore or Taipei for $379 each way, Bangkok for $404 each way
and Manila for $494 each way.

Introductory fares are also being offered from other Pacific Northwest
cities such as Bend/Redmond, Eugene and Klamath Falls, Ore., as well as
Spokane, Wash., at slightly higher fares.



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