Northwest Airlines Will Continue to Operate Normal Schedule

EAGAN, Minn., Aug. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Northwest Airlines (NASDAQ:NWAC) today said that it plans to operate its normal schedule despite the failure to reach a consensual agreement with the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA).

“Northwest customers can continue to depend on Northwest for their travel needs. We intend to operate our normal schedule of domestic and international flights,” said Doug Steenland, president and chief executive officer.

“During the past 18 months, Northwest developed a comprehensive contingency plan that includes expanded vendor relationships to ensure that the airline continues to operate normally. Northwest has experienced, licensed and trained mechanics in place to service all NWA aircraft. The airline remains in full compliance with all Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations.”

“The Northwest final offer was fair to our employees while recognizing the need for equitable labor costs savings from all labor groups so that Northwest could restructure successfully,” Steenland continued.

Because of the failure to reach an agreement with AMFA leadership prior to the midnight (EDT), August 20 deadline, Northwest has implemented new terms and conditions for its mechanics as permitted by the federal Railway Labor Act.

As always, Northwest customers can check on the status of their flights by utilizing the airline’s Web site, http://www.nwa.com/, or by calling the NWA flight information line at (800) 441-1818.

Northwest Airlines is the world’s fourth largest airline with hubs at Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Memphis, Tokyo and Amsterdam, and approximately 1,600 daily departures.

For more information pertaining to Northwest, media inquiries can be directed to Northwest Media Relations at (612) 726-2331 or to Northwest’s Web site at http://www.nwa.com/ .

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