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MIDWEST EXPRESS POSTS PROFIT AND INTRODUCES SERVICE TO OHIO

 MILWAUKEE, Feb. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Midwest Express Airlines today reported its sixth consecutive year of profitability and announced the April 26 addition of new service between Milwaukee, and Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio.
 In announcing the service, Midwest Express President Timothy E. Hoeksema
said, The addition of Columbus and Cleveland to the Midwest Express system fits into our business plan which focuses on providing service between our Milwaukee hub and major business destinations. Our decision to add these cities to our system at this particular point in time was in response to demand for the type of luxury, nonstop service -- timed for the business traveler -- that Midwest Express can offer.''
 Service to Cleveland and Columbus will include twice-daily, nonstop jet service from Milwaukee. That service will be supplemented with once-daily service provided to both cities by Skyway Airlines, the Midwest Express commuter partner. The airline's seasonal daily service to Tampa and the seasonal third roundtrip to Denver will be discontinued in April, as planned. Service to the new markets will then be possible by utilizing existing Midwest Express aircraft.
 Midwest Express 1992 operating profits were reported as $4,092,000, on total sales of $133,946,000 with a net income of $2,016,000. With the U.S. airline industry reporting 1992 losses exceeding $2 billion, the eight-year-old, Milwaukee-based airline was one of only two profitable domestic jet carriers. Mr. Hoeksema characterized his reaction to the airline's
year-end results as cautiously optimistic,'' emphasizing the extreme difficulty in maintaining profitability while operating within the current turbulent state of the airline industry.
 In 1992, Midwest Express boarded just over 800,000 passengers, up 5 percent from the previous year. For the third consecutive year, the Milwaukee-based
airline has been named Best U.S. Airline Overall'' by Consumer Reports Travel Letter.
 Midwest Express Airlines is a wholly owned subsidiary of K-C Aviation, which, in turn, is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Kimberly- Clark Corp. (NYSE: KMB). Operating since June 1984, Midwest Express currently employs more than 1,100 people, maintaining a fleet of 16 aircraft which operate, with the addition of Cleveland and Columbus, in 21 cities throughout the U.S. Together with its Skyway commuter partner Midwest Express currently serves 43 cities throughout the U.S. In 1992 Midwest Express and Skyway Airlines accounted for 22.4 percent of all passengers boarded at Milwaukee's General Mitchell International Airport.
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 /CONTACT: Brenda Skelton of Midwest Express, 414-747-3640/
 (KMB)


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