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NWA : resultats trafic decembre, dernier 3 mois et annee 2004



Northwest Airlines Reports December Traffic

EAGAN, MINN. -- (January 5, 2005) -- Northwest Airlines (NASDAQ: NWAC) today announced a systemwide December load factor of 78.2 percent, 0.1 points above December 2003. Northwest flew 6.17 billion revenue passenger miles (RPMs) and 7.89 billion available seat miles (ASMs) in December 2004, a traffic increase of 7.7 percent and a capacity increase of 7.6 percent versus December 2003.

For the full year 2004, Northwest announced a systemwide load factor of 80.2 percent, 2.9 points above 2003. Northwest flew 73.31 billion revenue passenger miles (RPMs) and 91.38 billion available seat miles (ASMs) in 2004, a traffic increase of 7.1 percent and a capacity increase of 3.1 percent versus 2003. For the full year 2004, Northwest’s mainline passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) improved approximately 7 percent versus 2003.

Northwest Airlines Traffic Summary

December 2004 December 2003 Change

Revenue Passenger Miles (000s):
System 6,172,149 5,732,040 7.7%
Domestic 3,613,058 3,458,279 4.5%
International 2,559,091 2,273,761 12.5%
Pacific 1,663,121 1,516,788 9.6%
Atlantic 895,970 756,973 18.4%

Available Seat Miles (000s):
System 7,892,885 7,335,390 7.6%
Domestic 4,816,488 4,630,706 4.0%
International 3,076,397 2,704,684 13.7%
Pacific 1,995,561 1,780,783 12.1%
Atlantic 1,080,836 923,901 17.0%

Load Factor:
System 78.2% 78.1% 0.1 pts
Domestic 75.0% 74.7% 0.3 pts
International 83.2% 84.1% (0.9)pts
Pacific 83.3% 85.2% (1.9)pts
Atlantic 82.9% 81.9% 1.0 pts

Enplaned Passengers 4,597,938 4,401,490 4.5%

4Q 2004 4Q 2003 Change

Revenue Passenger Miles (000s):
System 18,087,103 16,610,984 8.9%
Domestic 10,443,129 9,751,641 7.1%
International 7,643,974 6,859,343 11.4%
Pacific 4,980,044 4,489,055 10.9% Atlantic 2,663,930 2,370,288 12.4%

Available Seat Miles (000s):
System 22,969,289 21,383,796 7.4%
Domestic 13,802,535 13,272,838 4.0% International 9,166,754 8,110,958 13.0%
Pacific 5,956,220 5,247,936 13.5% Atlantic 3,210,534 2,863,022 12.1%

Load Factor:
System 78.7% 77.7% 1.0 pts
Domestic 75.7% 73.5% 2.2 pts
International 83.4% 84.6% (1.2)pts
Pacific 83.6% 85.5% (1.9)pts
Atlantic 83.0% 82.8% 0.2 pts

Enplaned Passengers 13,775,196 12,821,357 7.4%

Full Year 2004 Full Year 2003 Change

Revenue Passenger Miles (000s):
System 73,311,608 68,476,151 7.1%
Domestic 42,853,482 40,435,242 6.0% International 30,458,126 28,040,909 8.6%
Pacific 20,000,505 18,198,704 9.9%
Atlantic 10,457,621 9,842,205 6.3%




Available Seat Miles (000s):
System 91,378,063 88,593,336 3.1%
Domestic 56,137,409 54,491,924 3.0%
International 35,240,654 34,101,412 3.3%
Pacific 23,025,108 22,367,177 2.9%
Atlantic 12,215,546 11,734,235 4.1%

Load Factor:
System 80.2% 77.3% 2.9 pts
Domestic 76.3% 74.2% 2.1 pts
International 86.4% 82.2% 4.2 pts
Pacific 86.9% 81.4% 5.5 pts
Atlantic 85.6% 83.9% 1.7 pts

Enplaned Passengers 55,373,798 51,865,303 6.8%


Northwest Airlines is the world’s fourth largest airline with hubs at Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Memphis, Tokyo, and Amsterdam, and approximately 1,500 daily departures. Northwest and its travel partners serve more than 900 cities in more than 160 countries on six continents.

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For more information pertaining to Northwest, media inquiries can be directed to Northwest Media Relations at (612) 726-2331 or to Northwest’s Web site at www.nwa.com.