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July 13, 2007 | General

Edmonton – Edmonton Airports congratulates Northwest Airlines on its 75th Anniversary. Northwest Airlines, who is the 4th leading U.S. based air carrier, celebrates 75 years of service to passengers and cargo customers all over the world on July 9, 2002.

Edmonton Airports also applauds Northwest Airlines for continued commitment to providing non-stop services to the Capital Region. On June 8, 2002, Northwest Airlines added a third daily non-stop service from Edmonton to the Northwest Airlines network in Minneapolis, which includes their partnership with KLM and non-stop flights to Amsterdam and flights to Asia. Through its U.S. hub, Minneapolis offers connections throughout its extensive worldwide network.

Starting in the fall of 1999, Northwest Airlines upgraded all aircraft serving Edmonton to the larger and more modern Airbus 319 aircraft. Northwest also demonstrated its commitment to the Capital Region by adding extra daily flights to accommodate the capacity needs when Edmonton hosted the 8th IAAF World Championships in Athletics in August 2001.

Northwest Airways, the original name of the air carrier, first commenced mail service in 1926 from Minneapolis/St. Paul Minnesota to Chicago, Illinois; passenger service was introduced to Edmonton in 1974. Often the leader in developing new technologies in the commercial aviation industry, Northwest perfected aviation oxygen masks, making it possible for high altitude flying over the Rocky Mountains. Continued expansion throughout the 1940’s and 1950’s led to expanded air service to connect the lower 48 states to Alaska, using the Edmonton City Centre Airport (formerly Edmonton Municipal Airport) as a re-fuelling stop as the aircraft continued to Anchorage.