From: Northwest Airlines []
Sent: Wednesday, September 07, 2005 6:33 PM
Subject: Northwest to Suspend its Nonstop New York-Tokyo Service

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Northwest to Suspend its Nonstop New York-Tokyo Service

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 fuel.

"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 Flights

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.

All 16 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.

orthwests Los Angeles-Tokyo service is currently operated with a Boeing 747-200. 

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