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NORTHWEST AIRLINK TO BEGIN SERVICE BETWEEN THUNDER BAY AND MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL

 THUNDER BAY, Ontario, Jan. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Northwest Airlink today announced it will begin daily service between Thunder Bay and Minneapolis/St. Paul effective March 12, 1993. Northwest Airlink is the regional airline partner of Northwest Airlines and is operated by Mesaba Aviation.
 Three daily round-trip flights will connect Thunder Bay with Northwest's Minneapolis/St. Paul hub. The Twin Cities hub is one of Northwest's largest traffic centers with more than 400 daily Northwest and Northwest Airlink flight departures to destinations throughout North America, Europe and Asia.
 "Northwest Airlink will substantially improve the options passengers have to travel between the Thunder Bay area and cities throughout the world," said Eric W. Hanson, sales manager for Mesaba. "Flights are well-timed so that passengers can directly connect with Northwest flights in every direction at the Twin Cities."
 The new flights will depart Thunder Bay (EST) at 7 a.m., 12:15 p.m., and 5:25 p.m. and arrive Minneapolis/St. Paul (CST) at 7:30 a.m., 12:45 p.m., and 5:55 p.m., respectively. Return service will leave the Twin Cities at 9:20 a.m., 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m., and 11:15 p.m., respectively.
 All of the flights will be provided with the airline's 19-seat Fairchild Metro III aircraft. The aircraft cruises at speeds of 300 miles per hour and offers a pressurized, comfortable service to passengers. Mesaba operates a fleet of 21 Metro III aircraft in addition to a fleet of nine 48-passenger Fokker-F27 aircraft and 18 de Havilland Dash-8 aircraft. The airline said it would respond to demand when warranted by upgrading to larger aircraft.
 Mesaba operates as Northwest Airlink under a marketing agreement with Northwest Airlines. As part of that agreement, the two airlines coordinate flight schedules, fares and marketing programs. Passengers flying on Northwest Airlink receive one stop baggage check-in, advance seating assignments, boarding passes and earn mileage credit in WORLDPERKS, Northwest's free travel program. Thunder Bay will be the 46th city on Mesaba's route system.
 Mesaba Aviation, Inc., is a wholly owned subsidiary of Minnesota- based AirTran Corporation. AirTran's common stock is traded on the NASDAQ National Market System under the symbol ATCC.
 Northwest Airlines is the world's fourth-largest airline and with its Northwest Airlink partners serves more than 200 cities in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and Australia.
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 /CONTACT: Jeffrey B. Jones, director, market planning of Mesaba, 612-726-5151, ext. 352 or (fax) 612-725-4901/
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