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Northwest Airlines to Begin Service to Portland, Maine; Three Daily Flights Between Detroit and Portland Start June 2.

MINNEAPOLIS, March 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Northwest Airlines (Nasdaq: NWAC) today announced that it will begin daily nonstop jet service between Detroit and Portland, Maine effective June 2, 1999. The new service will consist of three daily flights with DC-9 and ARJ jet aircraft.

"Northwest is pleased to continue its expansion into New England with this new service at Portland International Jetport," said Jim Cron, Northwest vice president - planning, Airlink and scheduling. "We expect the convenience of connecting to the world via our Detroit hub will be especially attractive to residents in Portland."

As Northwest's largest hub, Detroit has more than 500 daily departures to cities throughout the United States as well as Asia, Canada, Europe and Mexico. Detroit also has more international departures than any other U.S. city served by Northwest Airlines. From Detroit, passengers can fly non-stop to Amsterdam, Netherlands; Beijing; Frankfurt, Germany; London; Mexico City; Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya, Japan; and Paris as well as cities in the Caribbean and eastern Canada. With nonstop service to Detroit, Portland passengers can then connect to more than 500 daily non-stop departures to more than 100 destinations.

"This is a great opportunity for the Portland International Jetport to assist in providing a conduit to the Midwest technology and tourism markets," said Jeffrey W. Monroe, director of transportation. "The addition of Northwest's three daily flights exposes us to an extensive array of destinations through Northwest's extensive route system, and we are proud to welcome this new corporate partner to our community."

Northwest's new service will feature an attractive morning, afternoon and evening schedule (see service timetable at the end of this release) with Northwest's completely refurbished DC-9 jets and the carrier's 69 seat regional Avro RJ85 (ARJ) jet aircraft. The ARJs became part of Northwest's fleet in June 1997, and are specially configured with a 16-seat first class cabin and 53 coach seats, making them the most spacious regional jet in the industry, and the only regional jet with a first class cabin.

Travelers will find Northwest's WorldPerks frequent flyer program to be one of the most generous in the industry, and Northwest's 19 comfortable WorldClub airport lounges located in 16 North American airports and WorldClubs International in 16 locations in Europe and Asia. With the Northwest - Continental alliance, WorldPerks and WorldClub members now enjoy reciprocal benefits with Continental Airlines' OnePass frequent flyer program and President's Clubs airport lounges.

Northwest and its global travel partners serve more than 400 cities in over 80 countries on six continents.

Service between Detroit - Portland, Maine

starts June 2, 1999
 Detroit - Portland, ME Portland, ME - Detroit
 Depart Arrive Depart Arrive
 9:10 a.m. 11:10 a.m. 8:50 a.m. 11:05 a.m.
 1:35 p.m. 3:25 p.m. 11:45 a.m. 2:00 p.m.
 9:00 p.m. 11:00 p.m. 4:05 p.m. 6:14 p.m.

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