Midwest Airlines Announces Service and Schedule Enhancements

Airline Takes Its Hallmark Signature Service to Minneapolis; Adds Flight Frequency to Several Midwestern Cities

MILWAUKEE, March 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Travelers flying Midwest Airlines and Midwest Connect will benefit from enhanced and more convenient service between Milwaukee and a number of Midwestern destinations beginning in June.

Midwest Airlines

Midwest Airlines today announced that beginning June 1 it will fly new Boeing 717 aircraft on three of its five daily roundtrip flights between Milwaukee and Minneapolis-St. Paul — an equipment upgrade from the smaller regional jets currently serving the market. The flights will feature the airline’s hallmark Signature Service — two-by-two leather seating with adjustable headrests and footrests; extra legroom; comfortable, attentive and professional service; and baked-onboard chocolate chip cookies. Minneapolis travelers will be able to make convenient connections in Milwaukee to more than 30 destinations nationwide.

“We’re very pleased to be bringing our Signature Service product to passengers traveling to and from Minneapolis-St. Paul,” said Scott R. Dickson, senior vice president and chief marketing officer. “We began serving Minneapolis in 2002 and have experienced tremendous customer growth. Using larger aircraft allows us to be responsive to the growing demand, and more importantly provides us the opportunity to offer our loyal passengers the level of service that earned us our reputation as ‘The best care in the air.’”

In conjunction with the June 1 service enhancement, Midwest will move its ticket counter and gate facilities at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport to the modern and expanded Humphrey Terminal. The Humphrey Terminal, located off 34th Avenue, offers covered parking and easy access to taxis, hotel shuttles, rental cars and the new Hiawatha corridor light rail system that connects the airport with downtown Minneapolis, the University of Minnesota and the Mall of America.

“Customers will really appreciate the convenience of the Humphrey Terminal,” Dickson added. “It’s only a short walk from the parking lot to our new counter and gate — much closer than our current location.”

Midwest Connect

Also effective June 1, Midwest Connect will add an additional daily roundtrip flight between Milwaukee and Des Moines, La Crosse and Rhinelander. With the added service, the airline will offer four daily roundtrip flights between Milwaukee and both Des Moines and Rhinelander, and three daily roundtrips between Milwaukee and La Crosse. The added Rhinelander flight — which makes a stop in Wausau in the northbound direction — will be provided seasonally to accommodate increased demand during the summer tourist season.

Dickson pointed out that the new Midwest Connect service reflects the airline’s ongoing commitment to provide superior air service throughout Wisconsin and the Midwest. In addition to offering travelers more choice of flight times, the new flights will provide improved connections via Milwaukee to destinations throughout the Midwest Airlines and Midwest Connect route system. Several existing flights in these markets will also be retimed to improve their connectivity. The new Midwest Connect service will be offered on Beech 1900 aircraft, specially fitted with 19 contoured leather seats and featuring stand-up cabins.

Today’s announcement is part of a series of product and service enhancements focusing on customer value and convenience that America’s top- rated carrier is launching throughout 2005. These enhancements provide passengers with enhanced service, more frequent flight schedules and better nationwide connections. They also reinforce the airline’s commitment to its Milwaukee hometown — where it is the market share leader — and reflect its roots as a Wisconsin company.

Schedules and fares for all Midwest Airlines and Midwest Connect flights are available at http://www.midwestairlines.com/ .

Midwest Airlines (NYSE: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 50 cities. More information is available at http://www.midwestairlines.com/ .

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