Midwest Airlines Increases Service

Airline Adds Nonstop Service to Orlando, Pittsburgh and San Diego Beginning October 31

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Aug. 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Travelers flying Midwest Airlines (NYSE:MEH) will benefit from new nonstop service from Kansas City to three cities, as well as schedule enhancements that provide improved opportunities for connections to other Midwest flights.

On October 31, Midwest Airlines will launch service between Kansas City and Orlando, Pittsburgh and San Diego – all popular destinations for Kansas City travelers. The airline will offer once-daily nonstop flights in all three markets. The new service is in addition to existing one-stop service via Milwaukee to both Orlando and Pittsburgh.

Additionally, the airline is retiming many of its Kansas City flights to make it more convenient for passengers connecting through Kansas City to cities throughout the country.

All flights from Kansas City operate as Midwest Airlines Signature Service, which provides travelers additional comfort and space. Midwest’s new Boeing 717 jet aircraft feature two-by-two seating, extra legroom, and newly designed Recaro seats with adjustable headrests and footrests. The airline’s hallmark baked-onboard chocolate chip cookies are offered on most flights.

The new service and improved connection opportunities are 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.

“Kansas City is an important base of operations for Midwest Airlines,” said Timothy E. Hoeksema, chairman and chief executive officer, at a news conference this morning at Union Station Kansas City. “We’re committed to providing Kansas City travelers with a superior, competitively priced product, great customer service, and convenient schedules to the cities they want to visit.”

He pointed out that the addition of service on all three new routes was the result of customer requests, as well as the success of recent nonstop service additions to Boston, Ft. Lauderdale, Los Angeles and New Orleans.

“We’ve steadily expanded Midwest’s Kansas City service in recent years and are gratified by the very positive response we’ve received from both business and leisure travelers,” Hoeksema said. “In fact, we’ve seen significant gains in passenger market share in Kansas City, increasing to 7.1% in the first half of 2005 from 4.3% in the first half of 2004.” During that period, Midwest Airlines carried a total of 172,824 Kansas City passengers, up 64.5% from 105,023 passengers in the first six months of 2004. He added that the company’s commissioned research supports the market share data, with Midwest earning historic high scores in unaided awareness and product preference among Kansas City travelers.

Hoeksema added that the airline’s commitment to Kansas City goes beyond providing an exceptional travel experience for travelers and employment for the citizens of Missouri and Kansas. In 2005, Midwest Airlines will donate more than $250,000 in air travel to local charities and organizations. Additionally, Midwest Airlines is the official airline of the Kansas City Royals and operates charter flights for the team, and is the only airline sponsor of the Kansas City Chiefs.

He concluded, “It’s always a pleasure to expand service, because it means even more travelers can enjoy ‘The best care in the air.’” In July, the readers of Travel+Leisure magazine named Midwest Airlines “World’s Best Domestic Airline” – the seventh time in the 10 years the award has been given.

With today’s announcement, Midwest Airlines will offer nonstop service from Kansas City to 12 destinations on 24 flights each weekday, as well as connecting service via Milwaukee to dozens more. Midwest will be the only airline to offer nonstop service between Kansas City and Pittsburgh.

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

Midwest Airlines features jet service throughout the United States. 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 51 cities. More information is available at http://www.midwestairlines.com/ .

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