to Offer More U.S. - Tokyo Flights
Tuesday February 17, 10:00 am ET
Additional Flights From Detroit and Minneapolis/St. Paul Hubs to Tokyo Hub Will Offer Travelers More Options Between North America and the Asia/Pacific Region
MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Northwest Airlines (Nasdaq: NWAC - News) today announced that it will offer additional nonstop flights between its Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul and Tokyo hubs beginning with its spring schedule.
Beginning May 1, Northwest will double its daily service to Tokyo from its WorldGateway hub at Detroit, offering a total of two daily Boeing 747-400 trips, each with 403 seats.
In addition, from May 1 through October 30, 2004, Northwest will offer eight flights per week between its Minneapolis/St. Paul hub and Tokyo, an increase of one weekly frequency. The flight, which will be offered on Saturdays, will also be operated with a 747-400.
The flights will provide travelers between Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul and Tokyo with additional flight choices. In addition, the new nonstops will provide additional options to travelers from scores of connecting cities in North America through the airline's convenient hubs at Detroit and Minneapolis/St. Paul, as well as single connection service to 12 cities in Northwest's Asia/Pacific network through its Tokyo hub.
"Travelers between North America and the Asia/Pacific region are responding to Northwest's comprehensive network, new World Business Class comforts, convenient hub airports and customer service technology," said Phil Haan, executive vice president - international, sales and information services. "Northwest offers more service to Japan, serves more destinations in Asia and offers a better connecting airport experience than any other U.S. airline."
From Northwest's Tokyo hub, 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, China; Singapore and Taipei, Taiwan.
From Detroit, Flight 25 will depart Northwest's WorldGateway at 2:30 p.m. and arrive at Tokyo's Narita Airport the following day at 4:30 p.m. Flight 26 will depart Tokyo at 3:00 p.m. and return to Detroit at 1:35 p.m. the same day.
On Saturdays, Flight 3 will depart Minneapolis/St. Paul at 3:30 p.m. and arrive Tokyo's Narita Airport on Sundays at 5:30 p.m. Flight 14 will depart Tokyo on Saturdays at 4:40 p.m. and return to Minneapolis/St. Paul at 1:30 p.m. the same day.
During the fourth quarter of 2004, Northwest will complete retro-fitting its entire 747-400 fleet with the airline'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 World Business Class cabins of Northwest's 747-400s are also being equipped with a new, fully interactive in-flight entertainment system, offering 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 customers have a better viewing experience with 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.
All of Northwest's new World Business Class comforts are also being offered on the airline's fleet of Airbus A330 aircraft.
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. In 2002, consumers from throughout the world recognized Northwest's efforts to make travel easier. A 2002 J.D. Power 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. Readers of TTG Asia and TTG China named Northwest "Best North American airline."
Source: Northwest Airlines
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