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Midwest Airlines Launches 50-Seat Regional Jet Service, Next Step in Its 2007 Growth Plan

 

Midwest Connect Introduces Kansas City-Columbus Service; Puts Larger Aircraft and Increases Frequency in Popular Business Markets

MILWAUKEE, Feb. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Midwest Airlines (Amex: MEH) today announced the launch of 50-seat regional jet service, the next step in its 2007 growth plan. Travelers will soon benefit from new Midwest Connect service between Kansas City and Columbus, Ohio, along with larger aircraft and frequency increases in six popular business markets.

Effective April 1:

  • Milwaukee-Columbus - All service upgraded from 32-seat regional jets to 50-seat regional jets.
  • Milwaukee-Flint - Two of four weekday flights upgraded from 19-seat turboprop aircraft to 32-seat regional jets and the addition of Saturday service on the 32-seat regional jet.


Effective May 1:

  • Kansas City-Columbus - Launch of new service on 50-seat regional jets. The new service - twice daily on weekdays and once daily on Saturday and Sunday - will be the only nonstop service in the market.
  • Columbus passengers will be able to connect in Kansas City to Midwest Airlines' flights to major destinations in the western United States.
  • Milwaukee-Dayton - Addition of a third daily roundtrip on a 32-seat regional jet.
  • Milwaukee-Duluth/Superior - Addition of a third daily roundtrip on a 32-seat regional jet.
  • Milwaukee-Louisville - All service upgraded from 19-seat turboprop aircraft to 32-seat regional jets.
  • Milwaukee-Pittsburgh - Three of four daily flights upgraded from 32-seat regional jets to 50-seat regional jets.

In addition, service in some markets will be retimed to accommodate the service changes.

Schedules and fares for the new flights are now available at http://www.midwestairlines.com.

"Our 2007 business plan is all about adding value for our customers and shareholders, and the new 50-seat regional jet program is an essential component of those efforts. We're excited to announce the first new service using these comfortable and efficient aircraft," said Scott R. Dickson, Midwest Airlines senior vice president and chief marketing officer. "Many more new and enhanced service announcements and frequency improvements are planned as additional 50-seat regional jets join the fleet in the coming year."

As previously announced, SkyWest Airlines, Inc. will operate at least 15 and up to 25 50-seat Canadair regional jets for Midwest. Flying as Midwest Connect, the SkyWest jets will be painted in the Midwest Connect livery and feature Midwest's brown leather seats, buy-onboard Best Care Cuisine meals, and popular baked-onboard chocolate chip cookies. The first five 50-seat regional jets will enter service in April and May.

Midwest Airlines' wholly owned subsidiary, Skyway Airlines, also operates under the Midwest Connect brand. Skyway will continue to operate its fleet of Fairchild 32-seat 328JET regional jets and 19-seat Beech 1900 aircraft as a vital element of Midwest's route network.

Midwest Airlines features jet service throughout the United States, including Milwaukee's most daily nonstop flights and best schedule to major destinations. Catering primarily to business travelers and discerning leisure travelers, the airline earned its reputation as "The best care in the air" by providing passengers with impeccable service and onboard amenities at competitive fares. Skyway Airlines, Inc. - Midwest's wholly owned subsidiary - operates as Midwest Connect and offers connections to Midwest Airlines as well as point-to-point service between select markets on regional jet and turboprop aircraft. Together the airlines offer service to 49 cities. Visit http://www.midwestairlines.com for more information.

 

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