For Eighth Straight Year, Midwest Airlines Recognized in Conde Nast Traveler Business Travel Awards Poll

MILWAUKEE, Sept. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — For the eighth year in a row, Milwaukee-based Midwest Airlines has been recognized in the annual Conde Nast Traveler Business Travel Awards poll.

Midwest Airlines placed first in three of the six categories in the 2005 poll of single-class domestic airlines.

— Midwest ranked number one in the seat comfort/legroom category with a
score of 71.4, followed by JetBlue (65.7), Song (41.1), Frontier
(29.2) and Independence Air (26.5).
— In the food/beverages category, Midwest came in first with
58.0 points, more than 20 points above its closest competitor. Song
(37.7), Horizon (37.2), JetBlue (29.2) and Independence Air (19.7)
were also recognized.
— Midwest also came out on top in the category of cabin service with a
score of 64.4 points. Runners-up included JetBlue (62.2), Song
(50.3), Horizon (43.7) and Independence Air (40.3).

Midwest Airlines also came in a strong second in the overall domestic single-class airline category with a score of 52.6. Others on the list include JetBlue (54.1), Song (46.7), Frontier (30.7) and Horizon (30.3).

In announcing the awards, Conde Nast Traveler noted that “The love affair between business travelers and smaller carriers shows no signs of abating, at least not when it comes to flying domestically. The three top-ranked single-class airlines — JetBlue, Midwest and Song — all receive higher overall scores than the premium classes of the major U.S. carriers … Midwest and JetBlue, for example, score 71.4 and 65.7, respectively, for Seat Comfort/Legroom. By comparison, American Airlines places first for premium- class seats among the multiclass carriers, with a score of just 45.7.”

“Being recognized by frequent travelers is truly an honor, because it means they recognize and appreciate our efforts to consistently provide an exceptional travel experience,” said Timothy E. Hoeksema, chairman and chief executive officer of Midwest Airlines. “We’re especially pleased to rank first in seat comfort/legroom, food/beverages and cabin service, because these are the areas we believe our customers appreciate the most.”

The independent firm of Millard Group, Inc. asked 10,283 readers of Conde Nast Traveler identified as business travelers to rate airlines as excellent, very good, good, fair or poor in a variety of categories. Single-class airlines were judged on seat comfort/legroom, food/beverages, cabin service, onboard amenities/technology, frequent-flier privileges and value for cost. Final scores — out of 100 — represent the percentage of readers who rated an airline excellent or very good, and are based on a required minimum number of responses. Of the questionnaires e-mailed, 1,893 were completed, returned and tabulated. Poll results can be found in the magazine’s October issue.

Midwest Airlines (AMEX:MEH) features jet service throughout the United States, including Milwaukee’s most daily nonstop flights and best schedule to major destinations. Skyway Airlines, Inc. — its wholly owned subsidiary — operates as Midwest Connect, which offers connections to Midwest Airlines as well as point-to-point service between select markets on regional jet and turboprop aircraft. Together, the airlines offer service to 48 cities, including San Diego — the airline’s newest destination. More information is available at http://www.midwestairlines.com/ .

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