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NORTHWEST AIRLINK TO LINK ESCANABA WITH NORTHWEST HUBS AT DETROIT AND MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL

 ESCANABA, Mich., June 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Northwest Airlink today announced it will begin daily service between Escanaba and Northwest Airlines' largest hubs, Detroit and Minneapolis/St. Paul, on Aug. 16, 1993. Northwest Airlink is the regional airline partner of Northwest Airlines and is operated by Mesaba Aviation.
 Three daily round-trip flights will connect Escanaba nonstop with Northwest's Detroit hub. Two daily flights will operate between Escanaba and Minneapolis/St. Paul with an enroute stop at Hancock/Houghton. Detroit and Minneapolis/St. Paul are Northwest's largest traffic centers, each 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 Escanaba area and cities throughout the world," said Eric W. Hanson, sales manager for Mesaba at a media conference held today at Escanaba. "Flights are well-timed so that passengers can directly connect with Northwest flights in all directions either via Detroit or the Twin Cities."
 The new flights will depart Escanaba for Detroit at 7 a.m., 11:20 a.m. and 5:55 p.m. and arrive Detroit at 8:30 a.m., 12:50 p.m. and 7:25 p.m., respectively. Return service will depart Detroit at 9:30 a.m., 12:10 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. and will arrive in Escanaba at 11 a.m., 1:40 p.m. and 10:15 p.m., respectively.
 Flights from Escanaba to Minneapolis/St. Paul will depart at 11:15 a.m. and 1:55 p.m. and will arrive in the Twin Cities at 12:50 p.m. and 3:25 p.m., respectively. Return flights will leave Minneapolis/St. Paul at 7:45 a.m. and 2:20 p.m. and will arrive in Escanaba at 11:05 a.m. and 5:40 p.m., respectively.
 Two of the three Detroit flights and one Minneapolis/St. Paul flight will be flown with the airline's new de Havilland Dash 8 series 100 aircraft. The 37-seat Dash 8 is widely used in the regional airline industry and is a favorite among passengers due to its wide body, jet like interior. The pressurized aircraft features stand-up headroom, a lavatory, inflight service, low interior noise levels and generous storage space for carry-on luggage.
 The remaining trips will operate with Mesaba's 19-seat Fairchild Metro III aircraft. The Metro III cruises at speeds of 300 miles per hour and offers a pressurized, comfortable service to passengers.
 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. Escanaba will be the 49th 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 in 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 of market planning of Mesaba, 612-726-5151, ext. 352 or (fax) 612-725-4901/
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