Northwest to Offer New Nonstop Service Between Indianapolis and San Francisco

Indianapolis’ Largest Airline Also Increasing Flights to Los Angeles, Adds Capacity and Improves Schedule to New York LaGuardia

INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Northwest Airlines today announced an expansion of its Indianapolis flight schedule with plans to provide new nonstop service to San Francisco, an additional daily flight to Los Angeles, the return of seasonal service to Seattle and improvements to its schedule to New York’s LaGuardia Airport.

When the last of the new flights start on June 8, 2006, Northwest’s Indianapolis schedule will grow to 44 flights a day to 18 destinations, as Northwest continues to carry more Indianapolis travelers to more nonstop destinations on more flights than any other airline.

“Business and leisure travelers have made Northwest Indianapolis’ largest airline,” said Steve Sear, vice president of sales. “The addition of nonstop service to San Francisco, an afternoon nonstop option to Los Angeles and more capacity to New York builds on our comprehensive schedule, which provides Hoosiers with nonstop flights to top business and leisure destinations throughout the U.S. and convenient connections to hundreds of cities worldwide.”

NEW FLIGHTS TO WEST COAST

Northwest will offer new daily nonstop service to San Francisco starting June 1, 2006. Through San Francisco, travelers will also gain another single- connection option from Indianapolis to Northwest’s Asia/Pacific hub in Tokyo.

Northwest, which currently provides the only nonstop service between Indianapolis and Los Angeles, will increase its schedule to two frequencies beginning June 8 with the addition of a new afternoon flight that complements its existing morning nonstop.

The airline also announced that seasonal service to Seattle, first introduced in June 2005, will return and be offered from June 8 through Aug. 21, 2006.

The Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle flights will be operated with Northwest’s modern 124-seat Airbus A319, which offers the widest passenger cabin of any single-aisle aircraft in service today. Northwest’s A319s are configured with 108 seats in coach class and 16 seats in first class, which is 33 percent more first class seats than other airlines that serve these routes nonstop.

MORE SEATS, BETTER FLIGHT TIMES TO NEW YORK

Northwest also announced that it will increase capacity between Indianapolis and New York’s LaGuardia Airport with the addition of larger “mainline” aircraft service on the frequencies currently operated by Northwest Airlink with 50-seat Canadair Regional Jets (CRJ).

Currently, two of the roundtrips are operated with Northwest mainline aircraft, while a third is operated with a CRJ. The change to a Northwest operated DC9 will result in the addition of 56 seats per day as well as the availability of Northwest’s large first class cabins on all three of the flights it offers.

Beginning June 8, 2006, Northwest will be the only airline to offer an all-mainline jet flight schedule to New York. The change will provide travelers with larger aircraft cabins, more overhead bin space, and 16-seat first class sections, compared to the single-class regional jets that most competitors operate on the route.

Northwest’s flights are also being re-timed to better meet the needs of business travelers, including a new mid-day flight option from New York to Indianapolis.

Customers holding tickets for travel between Indianapolis and Los Angeles, San Francisco or Seattle from June 8 or beyond on connecting itineraries will be able to change to Northwest’s new nonstop flights without paying an administrative change fee, provided changes are made by March 31, 2006.

Northwest’s new flights to Los Angeles and San Francisco are currently open 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 Feb. 18, 2006.

BONUS FREQUENT FLYER MILES ON NEW FLIGHTS

Northwest is offering 1,000 bonus miles through its WorldPerks frequent flyer program for travel on the airline’s flights between Indianapolis and Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco. The 1,000 bonus miles are being awarded for each of up to three roundtrip flights on a paid ticket between June 1 and Oct. 29, 2006. An additional 1,000 bonus miles are being awarded for purchasing a first class ticket. Registration, which is required prior to travel, as well as ticketing, must occur no later than Aug. 31, 2006.

WorldPerks membership is required to participate. Instant online enrollment is available at http://www.nwa.com/cgi-bin/wp_enroll.pro . Registration for the bonus mile offer and a complete list of terms and conditions about this offer are available at http://www.nwa.com/offers/indwc .

NORTHWEST OFFERS MOST NONSTOPS FROM INDIANAPOLIS

Northwest has been progressively expanding its Indianapolis flight schedule since October 2004 and it has grown to become the fourth largest operation in Northwest’s domestic network. Northwest became Indianapolis’ largest airline in March 2005.

Today, Northwest offers 42 nonstop flights to 17 top business and leisure destinations from Indianapolis including:

— Boston (three flights)
— Cancun (seasonal Saturday service)
— Detroit (eight flights)
— Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
— Fort Myers, Fla. (seasonal)
— Hartford, Conn. (two flights)
— Kansas City (two flights)
— Las Vegas
— Los Angeles
— Memphis, Tenn. (three flights)
— Minneapolis/St. Paul (five flights)
— New York (three flights)
— Orlando (two flights)
— Philadelphia (three flights)
— Raleigh/Durham, N.C. (two flights)
— Tampa, Fla.
— Washington (three flights)

Northwest Airlines is the world’s fifth largest airline with hubs at Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Memphis, Tokyo and Amsterdam, and approximately 1,200 daily departures. Northwest is a member of SkyTeam, an airline alliance that offers customers one of the world’s most extensive global networks. Northwest and its travel partners serve more than 900 cities in excess of 160 countries on six continents.

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