Mesaba Pilot Strike Averted

Mesaba Aviation, Inc. has advised Northwest Airlines that it has reached a
tentative agreement with its pilots represented by the Air Line Pilots
Association (ALPA), thus averting a strike. Mesaba Aviation is a Northwest
Airlink partner.
Northwest Airlines, as a customer convenience measure, will keep its
re-accommodation policy for passengers holding tickets for travel on
Mesaba-operated flights in effect until 11:59 p.m., CST, Jan. 11 (Sunday).

The current re-accommodation policies are:—Applicable to tickets issued
for travel on Mesaba-operated flights.—Tickets must be for travel
between Jan. 9-17, 2004.—No change fees will be applied.—Customers
can re-book to fly between Jan. 11, 2004 (today) and Feb. 9, 2004.—
Customers may re-book on any Northwest Airlines or Pinnacle Airlines-
operated flight in the same city or choose to travel to or from any
Northwest hub or any Northwest airport within 300 miles of the Mesaba
airport.—The class for the seat originally purchased must be available
in order for re-booking to occur.—Minimum and maximum stay restrictions
must be met.—Customers who wish to make changes to tickets issued for
travel beyond Feb. 9, 2004 must pay any difference in fares. However, any
change fee will be waived.
Passengers who wish to re-book their flights or obtain information on re-
accommodation may do so by calling Northwest Airlines reservations at
1-800- 225-2525 or by contacting their travel agent. Passengers also are
encouraged to check the status of their flight at or
by calling Northwest`s automated flight information line at 1-800-441-1818.

Northwest Airlines is the world`s fourth largest airline with hubs at
Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Memphis, Tokyo and Amsterdam, and
approximately 1,500 daily departures. With its travel partners, Northwest
serves nearly 750 cities in almost 120 countries on six continents.