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Northwest Airlines Introduces Special Delivery(SM) Fares for International Adoptions.

Fares Offer Deep Discount, No Advance Purchase, No Change or Cancellation Fees

And Allow Open Returns

MINNEAPOLIS, April 3 /PRNewswire/ --

In a move that is unique to the airline industry, Northwest Airlines (Nasdaq: NWAC) today announced a new "Special Delivery" adoption travel fare. The fare is valid for U.S. originating parents traveling to adopt children from any of over 100 international locations Northwest serves throughout Asia, Africa, Europe, India and the Middle East, and also as a one way fare for the child returning home.

The fares, which are available starting today, are 65 percent off full coach fares and 50 percent off World Business Class fares. They feature open returns, require no advance purchase, carry no cancellation or change penalties, and have access to book up to the last seat in the economy cabin.

"These new parents often must travel on very short notice to pick up their children, so we've designed these fares with maximum flexibility and coupled them with low fares," said Laura Liu, Northwest Airlines vice president international revenue management. "Northwest and KLM have delivered many, many children to their new lives in the U.S. over the years and we're pleased to offer our Special Delivery fares to fly these important new travelers home."

To qualify for the fares parents must be able to provide the name and phone number of their adoption agency, approval date of their Immigration & Naturalization Service I-171-H form, location where their Advanced Processing Application has been forwarded and proof of their U.S. residency.

Special Delivery fares are available to immediate family members (adopting parents and their children). For more information or to make a reservation see the Northwest web site at , call 800-322-4162 or contact your travel professional.

Northwest Airlines is the world's fourth largest airline offering more than 1,700 daily departures with hubs at Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Memphis, Tokyo and Amsterdam. With its travel partners, Northwest serves more than 750 cities in more than 120 countries on 6 continents. Northwest and partner KLM Royal Dutch Airlines received Air Transport World's prestigious "1997 Airline of the Year" award and, 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 1990-1999. Northwest is the 2000 recipient of Air Transport World Airline Technology Management Award. Northwest's WorldPerks frequent flyer program is the highest rated U.S.-based program reviewed by InsideFlyer Magazine, the leading authority on airline free travel programs, and in 1999 was named the most preferred frequent flyer program by the readers of Time in Asia. WorldPerks received the special "Industry Impact Award" during InsideFlyer's 12th Annual Freddie Awards. In 1999, Northwest's was chosen as best airline web site by and Business 2.0 and was named one of the top 500 sites by Internet World magazine.
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