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Midwest + Northwest Code Share Announced  
User currently offlineKnope2001 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3001 posts, RR: 31
Posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 4564 times:

http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/070517/aqth133.html?.v=3

Press Release Source: Midwest Airlines


Midwest Airlines Announces Strategic Partnership With Northwest Airlines
Thursday May 17, 4:05 pm ET
Provides Customers of Both Airlines Wider Choice of Travel Destinations


MILWAUKEE, May 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Midwest Airlines (Amex: MEH - News) today announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Northwest Airlines to form a strategic codeshare partnership between the two carriers.


The new partnership will greatly expand the networks of both carriers by adding 250 city pairs and more than 1,000 new flight options for customers. Passengers can book their entire flight on a single ticket, with all segments earning mileage credit in either the Midwest Miles or Northwest WorldPerks frequent flyer programs.

The agreement with Northwest is the next step in the continuing roll-out of Midwest's wide-ranging 2007 growth plan. Along with other key elements of the plan, this is expected to enhance the value of the company for shareholders by providing significant revenue impact as a result of offering customers more ways to easily reach their favorite cities.

"This codeshare is an expansion of the successful reciprocal frequent flyer relationship between Midwest and Northwest that began in May 2006," explained Scott R. Dickson, Midwest Airlines senior vice president and chief marketing officer. "We're thrilled to expand our partnership with Northwest. This is a great opportunity to provide a wider choice of travel destinations to customers of both airlines." He pointed out that this is the largest codeshare Midwest has entered into in its 23-year history.

Northwest routes that will include the Midwest Airlines "YX" code are destinations beyond Northwest's hubs at Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul and Memphis throughout the United States and Canada. Midwest will also place its code on Northwest flights from Indianapolis, a Northwest focus city. Additionally, Midwest's code will appear on a number of Northwest-operated flights to Hawaii and Alaska.

Routes operated by Midwest Airlines that will carry the "NW" Northwest code are flights that connect at Midwest's Milwaukee and Kansas City hubs, as well as Omaha -- a Midwest focus city. Northwest will also codeshare on Midwest Airlines-operated flights between Milwaukee and Kansas City to Atlanta, Boston, Hartford, Los Angeles and San Francisco that connect to the Northwest/KLM trans-Atlantic network and trans-Pacific network.

"Northwest Airlines looks forward to welcoming Midwest Airlines customers on codeshare flights in the near future. The expansion of our partnership with Midwest Airlines will provide customers of both carriers with more convenient travel options to destinations throughout the country and the world," said Nathaniel Pieper, Northwest's vice president -- alliances.

The codeshare partnership is expected to begin this summer, pending execution of definitive agreements. Complete details on codeshare destinations and fares will be announced at a later date.

Midwest Airlines features jet service throughout the United States, including Milwaukee's most daily nonstop flights and best schedule to major destinations. Catering to business travelers and discerning leisure travelers, the airline earned its reputation as "The best care in the air" by providing passengers with impeccable service and onboard amenities at competitive fares. Both Skyway Airlines, Inc. -- a wholly owned subsidiary of Midwest Airlines -- and SkyWest Airlines, Inc. operate as Midwest Connect and offer service to and connections through Midwest Airlines' hubs. Together, the airlines offer service to 51 cities. More information is available at http://www.midwestairlines.com.

This document contains forward-looking statements about the results expected under the company's strategic plan and that otherwise may state the company's or management's intentions, hopes, beliefs, expectations or predictions for the future. Words such as "projecting," "expect," "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "goal," "objective" or similar words are intended to identify forward-looking statements. It is important to note that the company's actual results could differ materially from projected results due to the risk factors described in Item 1A. Risk Factors in the company's "Annual Report on Form 10-K" for the year ended December 31, 2006.




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Source: Midwest Airlines

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User currently offlineRdwelch From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 4564 times:

You're kidding me. Well this should be interesting with the potential FL involvement, or does this put the Kabosh on that?

Gus


User currently offlineAirlineFanatic From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 222 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 4541 times:

last ditch effort to show the YX mgmt team is forward thinking and that FL is not needed to move the company forward is my guess. In other words, Midwest would prefer to join forces with it's closest rival than sell out to AirTran. How does the saying go, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em - [especially if they can save you from being acquired].

wow - never a dull day in this industry. not sure i see the value add and concerned about the product differentiation, but I am sure someone somewhere at Midwest has thought of that.


User currently offlineDAYflyer From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 3807 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 4516 times:

A desperate attempt to put the kabosh on the merger with FL.

I wonder how long this has been in the works? Could have been the reason they were fighting off FL so hard.....



One Nation Under God
User currently offlineRdwelch From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 4516 times:

Quoting AirlineFanatic (Reply 2):
wow - never a dull day in this industry. not sure i see the value add and concerned about the product differentiation, but I am sure someone somewhere at Midwest has thought of that.

Ain't that the truth. If for some reason there is a merger/acquisition between FL and YX, (and that's a colossal "if") can you imagine the cosmic collision between F9's agreement with FL and YX's with NW. I can feel the pain starting behind my right eye already.....

Gus


User currently offlineRJNUT From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1247 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 4474 times:

the real saying here is "the enemy of your enemy is your friend" ..Sheesh , what a developement!

I 'm impressed ..that deflates Air Tran's assertion that NW will swoop into MKE and try to crush YX!


User currently offlineAirTran737 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3707 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 4462 times:
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What they should have included in the press release was;

"We are well aware that NW came into MKE back in 2003 and tried to put us out of business by flooding the market with cheap seats. We have forgiven them for that, and have chosen to exploit their hatred of Joe Leonard to help stave off AirTran's proposed merger bid"

[Edited 2007-05-17 22:29:12]


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User currently offlineImperialEagle From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2630 posts, RR: 22
Reply 7, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 4405 times:

Good for YX and good for NW, and good for those of us that use them.


"If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough!"
User currently offlineSeeTheWorld From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 1325 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 4393 times:

Quoting AirlineFanatic (Reply 2):
last ditch effort to show the YX mgmt team is forward thinking and that FL is not needed to move the company forward is my guess. In other words, Midwest would prefer to join forces with it's closest rival than sell out to AirTran. How does the saying go, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em - [especially if they can save you from being acquired].

Geez ... Nothing like getting in bed with the devil. If Midwest thinks teaming up with NW to thwart AirTrans advances, they are as short-sighted as the legacy management was throughout the 1990s. Of course, NW will do anything to protect itself from the advancement of LCCs into the Upper Midwest. And, at just the right time, NW will move back into Milwaukee, ultimately destroy Midwest and raise fares, and provide nonstop service to a hand full of markets ... just as they did in the early 1990s. This has got to be one of the dumbest "cut your nose off to spite your face" moves I've seen in a long time. WOW!!!!!! Talk about not taking into account the best interests of your employees or your community.


User currently offlineDeltadude8 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 569 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 4379 times:

Vey smart move on both carriers if your on YX's side like I am!!!!

think about it...it is growth for YX and will probably keep ScareTran away

and for NW, it will keep ScareTran from impacting them...

very excited about this...maybe YX will venture into the Sky Team alliance???


User currently offlineSkyexRamper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 4350 times:

Oh great...now the rampers will be even more confused when they are reading the already simple bag tags....DOH!

I'd like to see code-share agreements with Maxjet and L'avion.

Maxjet from LAS and LAX to STN

L'avion from EWR to ORY

[Edited 2007-05-17 22:54:20]

User currently offlineRdwelch From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 4350 times:

What this shows is that real life is always going to be so much stranger than fiction. I mean, this isn't as mind bending as a UA/AA code-share would be, but it's certainly at the door step of the "House of Surprises".

Can we get a running total from the A.netter as to the "%" probability that FL will drop it's bid for YX by Monday? Or better yet, can we see who thinks ATL's other airline will up the ante again?

Discuss.......

Gus.


User currently offlineBurnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7564 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 4309 times:

Quoting AirTran737 (Reply 6):
We are well aware that NW came into MKE back in 2003 and tried to put us out of business by flooding the market with cheap seats

If that were true... NW's largest FF city outside of the hubs in MKE, it might now be IND. Also YX and NW have had a FF partnership for a while now.



"Some People Just Know How To Fly"- Best slogan ever, RIP NW 1926-2009
User currently offlineERAUgrad02 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 1227 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 4294 times:

I think this is what Airtran should have done with Midwest. Oh well...


Desmond MacRae in ILM
User currently offlineDeltadude8 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 569 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 4294 times:

I don't know I wouldn't be surprised like I said to see a further codeshare with another 1 or 2 of the "big 6"...it doesnt' hurt an airline like Delta to offer a codeshare w/ an airline like Midwest...infact it could help Delta to try and put another nail into the ScareTran coffin....anything that DL can do to weaken FL will benefit them

User currently offlineSESGDL From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3489 posts, RR: 10
Reply 15, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 4294 times:

Quoting Burnsie28 (Reply 12):

If that were true... NW's largest FF city outside of the hubs in MKE, it might now be IND. Also YX and NW have had a FF partnership for a while now.

I always heard SEA was NW's biggest FF city after MSP and DTW.

Jeremy


User currently offlineDeltadude8 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 569 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 4294 times:

By the Way...

When does this go into effect...----When can people start using this codeshare?


User currently offline4everRC From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 325 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 4278 times:

Given the history of NWs multiple (failed) attempts to come into MKE and take away YXs market share, could this be seen as a sign of the apocolypse? What's next? a codeshare agreement between US and DL?


Nobody served our republic like Republic!
User currently offlineKnope2001 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3001 posts, RR: 31
Reply 18, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 4278 times:

For all you who think this is some last-ditch effort of Midwest to sell its soul to Northwest rather than suffer a merger with AirTran, note that Midwest and Northwest announced they would join frequent flier programs on March 2, 2006...14 1/2 months ago, and well before AirTran went public with an offer. And that was ten months BEFORE Northwest pulled its last MKE-focus city flying.

Midwest and Northwest made nice well before AirTran went public with takeover bids, and this code-share is an enhancement of that earlier agreement.

Airlines in agreements still compete. Note how shortly after AirTran and Frontier joined up, AirTran quickly pounced on Frontier's new Memphis-Orlando with their own MEM-MCO nonstops, a market they chose to ignore for years prior in spite of their long-standing service to Memphs and their hub in Orlando.

For Midwest, pairing with Northwest is the holy grail in Milwaukee. While Midwest commands the solid loyalty of much of the market, nobody comes close to NW as #2. And when it comes to international, ti's Northwest all the way here. I can't tell you how many people I know who are both Midwest Executive and NW Silver Elite or Gold elite.

I praised the YX-NW frequent flier hookup last year when it came out, and I see this as an ever more valuable expansion.

And while this COULD play a part in Midwest's attempt to fend-off AirTran, I believe this is in fact nothing other than another of Midwest's continued plans to go it alone. They didn't hold off on acquring the two additional M80s. They didn't hold off on acquiring the two additional FRJs. They didn't hold off on signing SkyWest for the 50-seat deal. When it comes to strategic planning, they are moving along with their plans as if the buyout had never been proposed. And until one is accepted, that's what they should be doing.


User currently offlineTravatl From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2174 posts, RR: 7
Reply 19, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 4259 times:

Quoting Deltadude8 (Reply 16):
By the Way...

When does this go into effect...----When can people start using this codeshare



Quoting Knope2001 (Thread starter):
The codeshare partnership is expected to begin this summer, pending execution of definitive agreements. Complete details on codeshare destinations and fares will be announced at a later date.


User currently offlineRdwelch From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 4240 times:

Quoting Knope2001 (Reply 18):
Airlines in agreements still compete. Note how shortly after AirTran and Frontier joined up, AirTran quickly pounced on Frontier's new Memphis-Orlando with their own MEM-MCO nonstops, a market they chose to ignore for years prior in spite of their long-standing service to Memphs and their hub in Orlando.

Point taken....

Gus


User currently offlineJibblets From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 41 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 4223 times:

Quoting Knope2001 (Reply 18):
And while this COULD play a part in Midwest's attempt to fend-off AirTran, I believe this is in fact nothing other than another of Midwest's continued plans to go it alone. They didn't hold off on acquring the two additional M80s. They didn't hold off on acquiring the two additional FRJs. They didn't hold off on signing SkyWest for the 50-seat deal. When it comes to strategic planning, they are moving along with their plans as if the buyout had never been proposed. And until one is accepted, that's what they should be doing.

Well said. The company has to continue on as Midwest for customers, employees, and shareholders.

For better or worse, I don't see how it changes AirTran's plan of attack either. A codeshare agreement with Northwest is probably not going to make or break the company's attempt at a hostile takeover of Midwest.


User currently offlineJBo From Sweden, joined Jan 2005, 2379 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 4223 times:

Quoting Knope2001 (Reply 18):
And while this COULD play a part in Midwest's attempt to fend-off AirTran, I believe this is in fact nothing other than another of Midwest's continued plans to go it alone. They didn't hold off on acquring the two additional M80s. They didn't hold off on acquiring the two additional FRJs. They didn't hold off on signing SkyWest for the 50-seat deal. When it comes to strategic planning, they are moving along with their plans as if the buyout had never been proposed. And until one is accepted, that's what they should be doing.

A-men to that. However, for those of us that work at an airport where the only airline service is NW and YX, this is REALLY interesting.



I'd take the awe of understanding over the awe of ignorance any day.
User currently offlineDAL767400ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 4148 times:

Quoting 4everRC (Reply 17):
Given the history of NWs multiple (failed) attempts to come into MKE and take away YXs market share, could this be seen as a sign of the apocolypse? What's next? a codeshare agreement between US and DL?

More like a codeshare between DL and AA. Given their past fights with one another, that's about as unrealistic as NW-YX, and yet that one is now happening. Just shows that nothing can ever be declared impossible in aviation.


User currently onlineMikey711MN From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1403 posts, RR: 8
Reply 24, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 4126 times:

So does that mean that YX will move back to Lindbergh at MSP?  Smile

(honestly, I'm so numb to the whole YX/FL saga that this is really the only thought on the matter I had!)

-Mike



I plan on living forever. So far, so good...
25 Post contains images Rikkus67 : Not to be a nay-sayer... but perhaps this is a way for NW to finally get a (partial) DC-9 replacement...
26 Flashmeister : The motivation for Northwest to be nice to Midwest could be much the same as Southwest's benevolence toward ATA: Get a struggling carrier on board tha
27 AirTran737 : They had one before NW came into MKE with guns blaring and it ended when they did. They restarted it after they pulled all the flights out of MKE.
28 Mke717spotter : Well this comes as a very nice suprise. Now it'd be good if NW returned with their P2P service from MKE before FL can make this go through. If NW come
29 Cubsrule : I wonder if this will mean the beginning of either DTW or MEM service for FL. MEM has a small enough local market that I'd think not, but I would thin
30 Knope2001 : Some specifics: 2/17/2003 Midwest announces AA will replace NW as their frequent flier partner 7/01/2003 Norhtwest starts MKE focus city 3/02/2006 Mi
31 USPIT10L : You mean YX, right? FL already flies to both DTW and MEM.
32 FlyDreamliner : ....wow. Nicely played Northwest, way to take advantage of desperate Midwest Airlines. LCC's scare Northwest, as they should. MSP is the biggest marke
33 Travellin'man : I can't believe it's taken 30+ posts to suggest that, if this is the beginning of a courtship that leads to a merger, then...... NW will finally fly 7
34 Cubsrule : Clearly. NW would/will hand FL's ass to them on MKE-DTW.
35 Knope2001 : The SEC filing in which they detailed their plans for MKE, they said they were going to do 5x MKE-DTW round trips with 717s. That's 1170 total seats
36 Cubsrule : That's actually a pretty good example of how absurd FL's plans are. NW enjoys better name recognition and a significantly more powerful hub at DTW, a
37 TSRA : This is a win-win for NW. It does position NW with the beloved hometown airline so loyalties well get blurred over the years. If YX starts to falter
38 Post contains images PExDCA : I think in this case I will vote for "Politics makes strange bedfellows!"
39 Bobnwa : Are you suggesting that? No one else has.Does every code share between carriers mean it is leading to a merger?
40 Cubsrule : I think this is pretty much a foregone conclusion, especially if it drags on long enough that NW (and XJ and Compass) has begun to take delivery of n
41 TSRA : Yep, its called "hedging an airline".
42 TVNWZ : As YX-Executive and NW-Plat, this is outstanding news. NW is indeed the #2 at MKE. It goes back to both NW and RC maintaining a big presence in the 60
43 Indy : With the new agreement I wonder how this will impact YX service at IND? Right now their service is minimal at best. Will NW handle some connections fo
44 Sideflare75 : Your answer was in the press release.
45 Indy : That doesn't really answer my question. I know there will be a codeshare. Will YX for example have a MKE-IND-LAX routing? Or whatever where MKE-IND wi
46 Chase : That's how I interpreted the article. And as far as the other stuff in your original question, that would be nice if it brought more YX flights to IN
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