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Northwest Airlines Announces New Service Between Lake Charles, La. And Memphis, Tenn.; Two Daily Nonstop Flights Begin October 1, 2001.

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL, Minn., July 10 /PRNewswire/ --

Northwest Airlines (Nasdaq: NWAC) and its Northwest Airlink affiliate, Express Airlines I, announced today new service to Lake Charles, La. from its hub in Memphis, Tenn. as part of the on-going service expansion underway at Memphis-Shelby County Airport.

Effective October 1, 2001, travelers from Lake Charles will be able to take advantage of two daily nonstop flights to Memphis, with more than 200 connecting flights beyond to over 70 destinations.

The new service will be operated with Saab 340 regional turbo-prop aircraft equipped with 33 passenger seats, overhead bins and newly refurbished leather seats.

"Our new Memphis-Lake Charles service gives passengers in the Lake Charles area access to more destinations through Northwest Airline's Memphis hub," said Phil Reed, Northwest Airlink vice president marketing. "This new service will provide both business and leisure travelers frequent connections throughout Northwest's world-wide network."

U.S. Representative Chris John (D-La.) said, "I've been speaking with representatives from the airline industry for months about the need for increased air service in Lake Charles. Northwest's announcement today is great news for Southwest Louisiana air travelers because a deregulated airline industry only works when you have competition. Local families and businesses will benefit from the added service that Northwest will bring to the Lake area."

New Service Between Lake Charles - Memphis

Begins October 1

Memphis - Lake Charles Lake Charles - Memphis

Flight # Depart Arrive Flight # Depart Arrive

5741 9:05 am 11:05 am 5708 6:05 am 8:00 am*

5821 5:15 pm 7:15 pm 5815 1:30 pm 3:30 pm

*Flight begins October 2

Customers wishing to purchase tickets for Northwest's new service may do so by accessing Northwest's award-winning web site at http://www.nwa.com or by calling 800-225-2525 or a travel agent.

With annual revenues in excess of $11 billion and approximately 55,000 employees worldwide, Northwest Airlines is the world's fourth largest airline, with hubs at Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Memphis, Tokyo and Amsterdam and more than 2,700 daily departures. With its travel partners, Northwest serves more than 785 cities in 120 countries on six continents. Based on statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Northwest was the most on-time U.S. airline among the seven largest network carriers for the period 1990-2000.

Express Airlines I is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Northwest Airlines, doing business as Northwest Airlink. The airline provides valuable passenger and cargo feed to Northwest and operates the 50-seat Canadair Regional Jet and the 33-seat Saab 340. Express I was presented the Diamond Award for Maintenance Excellence and the On-Time, Every Time Award for operational excellence in 2001.

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