Northwest Unveils Third Indianapolis Schedule Expansion
Monday November 1, 12:02 pm ET
Airline Announces Five Additional Flights and a New Nonstop Destination on First Full Day of Expanded Schedule
INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Northwest Airlines (Nasdaq: NWAC - News) today announced the third expansion of its Indianapolis schedule this year. At an airport news conference, the airline said that it will add five departures to popular business and leisure destinations and start new seasonal service to Phoenix.
The announcement was made on the airline's first full day of expanded operations. After the schedule addition announced today and others previously unveiled this year are fully implemented, Northwest's combined Indianapolis expansion will represent a 160 percent increase in the number of daily departures it offers when compared to its Oct. 29, 2004 schedule.
When combined with its existing schedule of 36 flights to 13 destinations, which will grow to up to 39 flights to 15 destinations in December, by February the airline will offer an all-jet schedule from Indianapolis International Airport with up to 44 flights a day to 16 destinations. Northwest will offer more departures to more cities than any other airline serving Indianapolis.
"We are grateful for the strong response we have received to our new service from Indianapolis travelers, businesses, community leaders and airport officials," said Fay Beauchine, vice president of sales and customer care. "We are committed to meeting the needs of business and leisure travelers from throughout America's Heartland, who have been increasingly turning to Northwest Airlines for their travel."
Northwest also indicated that it expected to further grow its Indianapolis schedule in the near future. "In 2001, Northwest identified Indianapolis as one of a handful of Midwestern markets with great growth potential for our company," said Beauchine. "As we start our first full day of operations of our expanded schedule, and announce a third phase of additional flights, plans are already underway for a fourth expansion including service to new nonstop destinations for Northwest from Indianapolis."
SEASONAL SERVICE TO
Northwest will add its 16th nonstop destination from Indianapolis with new seasonal service to Phoenix, offered from Feb. 16 to April 30, 2005. The flight will be operated with Northwest's 124-seat Airbus A319 aircraft.
Northwest also announced that it will offer additional frequencies to existing nonstop destinations including Ft. Myers, Fla., Las Vegas, Philadelphia and Tampa, Fla.
Starting Feb. 16, Northwest will offer a second flight to Ft. Myers, Las Vegas and Tampa. The Las Vegas flight will be operated with a 124-seat Airbus A319, with 16 seats in first class and 108 seats in coach class. Northwest's additional Ft. Myers and Tampa flights will be operated with a 100-seat DC9, with 16 seats in first class and 84 seats in coach class.
Through its Northwest Airlink partner, Pinnacle Airlines, Northwest will offer a third departure to Philadelphia beginning Jan. 4. The Northwest Airlink flights will be operated with 44-seat Canadair Regional Jets (CRJs), operating six days per week.
NORTHWEST ANNOUNCED SCHEDULE EXPANSIONS IN
On July 20, Northwest announced that it would more than double its daily Indianapolis schedule by adding new nonstop service to Boston, Ft. Myers, Hartford, Conn.; Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, Orlando, Fla.; Philadelphia, Raleigh/Durham, N.C. and Washington. The 19 new flights, which began full operations today, complemented the airline's existing schedule of 17 daily flights to its three domestic hubs of Detroit, Memphis and Minneapolis/St. Paul, for a total of 36 flights to 13 destinations.
Northwest's new flights to Hartford and Raleigh/Durham are the only nonstops offered to those destinations from Indianapolis.
On September 9, Northwest announced its second Indianapolis expansion with plans to offer daily nonstop service to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., beginning Dec. 15. Northwest also announced seasonal service between Indianapolis and Tampa, and a second daily flight to Orlando. The seasonal flights will operate between Dec. 15, 2004, and April 30, 2005, bringing Northwest schedule from Indianapolis International Airport to up to 39 flights a day to 15 destinations.
CARRIER ADDS JOBS, EXPANDS INDIANAPOLIS FACILITIES TO
In support of its previously announced flight expansion, Northwest has added 30 positions to its Indianapolis operations staff. Northwest's flight expansion has also created jobs at companies that support the airline's expanded schedule.
In addition, work is currently underway to expand the Northwest ticket counter area by 60 percent, increasing the number of check-in positions from eight to 13.
NORTHWEST OFFERS INDIANAPOLIS TRAVELERS MORE FIRST CLASS SEATS, FREQUENT FLYER PROGRAM AND
Indianapolis travelers using Northwest's new nonstop service will also be able to take advantage of:
-- WorldPerks. Northwest's WorldPerks program offers Indianapolis
travelers a wider array of options to both earn and redeem frequent
flyer miles. WorldPerks members can earn or redeem miles to any of the
222 cities served by Northwest and Northwest Airlink carriers
worldwide, as well as the many hundreds of cities served by WorldPerks
partner airlines including the members of the SkyTeam global alliance
of airlines including KLM, Continental Airlines and Delta Air Lines.
-- First class availability. Northwest offers more first class seats from
Indianapolis than any other airline. The airline's new service to
Phoenix as well as its additional frequencies to Ft. Myers, Las Vegas,
and Tampa will offer 16-seat first class cabins. WorldPerks members
who achieve "Elite" status enjoy unlimited complimentary upgrades to
-- The most self-service functionality. Northwest's self-service check-in
program is the most developed in the airline industry, offering
customers more functionality including the option of checking-in,
obtaining a boarding pass, changing seats, and performing many other
functions over the Internet at nwa.com or through one of the airline's
961 self-service check-in kiosks in 197 airports, more than any other
airline in the world. At Indianapolis International Airport, Northwest
customers wishing to take advantage of the speed, convenience, and
control of self-service check-in can use nwa.com to obtain their
boarding pass up to 24 hours before flight time, or visit one of 11
self-service check-in kiosks.
Customers currently holding tickets for travel to Phoenix from Feb. 16 or beyond on connecting itineraries from Indianapolis will be able to change to Northwest's new nonstop services without paying an administrative change fee, provided changes are made by November 30, 2004.
Northwest's additional frequency to Philadelphia is currently open for sale via the Internet at http://www.nwa.com , by calling Northwest Airlines Reservations at 1-800-225-2525, or through travel agencies. Northwest's new service to Phoenix, as well as its additional frequencies to Ft. Myers, Las Vegas and Tampa are available for sale at http://www.nwa.com , through Northwest Airlines Reservations at 1-800-225-2525 or through some travel agencies. All of the flights will be widely available for sale on Saturday, November 13, 2004.
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. Northwest is a member of SkyTeam, a global airline alliance partnership with Aeromexico, Air France, Alitalia, Continental Airlines, CSA Czech Airlines, Delta Air Lines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, and Korean Air. SkyTeam offers customers one of the world's most extensive global networks. Northwest and its travel partners serve more than 900 cities in more than 160 countries on six continents. In 2003, consumers from throughout the world recognized Northwest's efforts to make travel easier. Northwest's WorldPerks program was named the most popular North American frequent flyer program by readers of TIME Asia in the 2003 TIME Readers' Travel Choice Awards. A 2003 J.D. Power and Associate study of airports ranked Minneapolis/St. Paul and Detroit, home to Northwest's two largest hubs, in second and fourth place among large domestic airports in overall customer satisfaction.