Northwest to Suspend its Nonstop New
Airline to upgrade its World Business Class service between
Los Angeles and Tokyo
(September 7, 2005) Northwest Airlines today announced that it
will indefinitely suspend its daily nonstop service from New York's JFK
Airport to Tokyo's Narita Airport due to the record-high cost of jet
"Northwest remains firmly
committed to its Narita hub, an integral part of our global route network,
and to serving travelers in the New York-Tokyo market," said Phil Haan,
executive vice president of international, alliances and information
technology and chairman of NWA Cargo. "Unfortunately, the record-high cost
of fuel, a challenge facing the entire airline industry, is severely
affecting the financial viability of some routes and forcing us to make
some difficult decisions."
Northwest's nonstop New York-Tokyo service will be discontinued
beginning October 2, however the airline will continue to offer single
connecting service from New York area airports to Tokyo through its
Detroit and Minneapolis/St. Paul hubs.
The airline is in the process of proactively contacting
customers or agencies who have booked customers to re-accommodate them on
flights operated by Northwest or its SkyTeam alliance partners. For
additional assistance, customers and travel agents should contact
Northwest/KLM Reservations at 1-800-225-2525.
Boeing 747-400 aircraft to operate Los Angeles-Tokyo
The Boeing 747-400
aircraft dedicated to the New York-Tokyo flight will be redeployed to
operate Northwest's Los Angeles-Tokyo service, offering Northwests
lie-flat World Business Class seat and in-flight entertainment system to
the Los Angeles-Tokyo market.
of Northwest's 747-400 aircraft are equipped with the airline's lie-flat
World Business Class seats, which offer 176 degrees of recline, more
degrees of recline than any other U.S. airlines competing product, as
well as an array of innovative comforts and features. World Business Class
customers also enjoy a state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment system not
offered by any other U.S. carrier, featuring a wide variety of audio and
video entertainment, all available on demand.
Northwests Los Angeles-Tokyo service is currently
operated with a Boeing 747-200.