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Northwest Airlines Reports January Traffic





Northwest Airlines Reports January Traffic 
 
ST. PAUL, MINN. -- (February 3, 2005) -- Northwest Airlines (NASDAQ: NWAC) today announced a systemwide January load factor of 76.8 percent, 3.7 points above January 2004.  Northwest flew 5.82 billion revenue passenger miles (RPMs) and 7.58 billion available seat miles (ASMs) in January 2005, a traffic increase of 11 percent and a capacity increase of 5.7 percent versus January 2004.
 
NORTHWEST AIRLINES TRAFFIC SUMMARY
 
                                                    January 2005               January 2004               Change
 
Revenue Passenger Miles (000s):
System                                            5,818,635                   5,242,302                           11.0%      
Domestic                                        3,232,796                     2,968,906                        8.9%        
International                                    2,585,839                    2,273,396                      13.7%          
Pacific                                             1,723,284                     1,563,132                      10.2%        
Atlantic                                               862,555                      710,264                           21.4%      
 
Available Seat Miles (000s):
System                                            7,580,596                     7,173,096                         5.7%       
Domestic                                        4,505,746                     4,477,147                           0.6%     
International                                    3,074,850                     2,695,949                       14.1%       
Pacific                                             1,999,507                    1,785,012                      12.0%         
Atlantic                                            1,075,343                        910,937                      18.0%                                                                 
Load Factor:
System                                         76.8%                           73.1%                          3.7 pts      Domestic                                      71.7%                           66.3%                          5.4 pts             
International                                 84.1%                           84.3%                        (0.2) pts  
Pacific                                               86.2%                           87.6%                        (1.4) pts        
Atlantic                                              80.2%                           78.0%                          2.2 pts               
 
Enplaned Passengers                    4,171,174                     3,794,594                       9.9%         
 
 
 
 
 

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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.