Northwest to fly daily to Guangzhou beginning Oct. 31


TAICHUNG, Taiwan, The China Post Staff

Northwest Airlines said yesterday they will offer daily flights from Detroit to Guangzhou via Tokyo beginning Oct. 31.

The opening of the route is the direct result of an historic trade agreement between the U.S. and China signed last month that liberalizes air transportation between the two nations.

On Friday, Northwest received regulatory approval of its application for the service by the U.S. Department of Transportation. “Northwest’s new flights will offer travelers convenient daily service between Guangzhou and top business and leisure destinations in the United States,” said Phil Haan, executive vice president-international sales and information services. “Northwest extends its gratitude to the negotiating teams from the United States Department of State and Department of Transportation, as well as the Chinese government, for their efforts in reaching this historic agreement.

The new flights will also provide single connections between U.S. gateways served by Northwest including Honolulu, Los Angeles, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-JFK, Portland, OR, San Francisco and Seattle.

Guangzhou is the 15th destination in the Asia Pacific for Northwest, more than any other U.S. airline.

The flights will operate out of the New Baiyun International Airport in Guangzhou, which is China’s third largest city and major manufacturing center. The flight will be operated on a Boeing 747-400 from Detroit to its Tokyo hub, while flights from there to Guangzhou will be on a Boeing 757-200. Northwest is currently offering sales on the Internet at www.nwa.com and through some travel agents. The flight will widely be available for sale beginning on Aug. 7, 2004. Currently Northwest offers daily flights from Tokyo to Shanghai and flights six times a week to Beijing, in addition to its daily flights to Hong Kong.