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CONTACT: Sho Dozono
President and CEO
Phone: (503) 294-6471

Northwest Airlines to Begin Portland-Tokyo Service

PORTLAND, OREGON (January 8, 2004) - Northwest Airlines announced Wednesday it will begin daily nonstop service between Portland, Oregon, and Tokyo as of June 10, 2004. The decision is credited to aggressive efforts on the part of local leaders in business, government and at the Port of Portland to successfully demonstrate to Northwest executives that the community would greatly value and strongly support the service.

Sho Dozono, president and CEO of Azumano Travel and co-chair of the Portland International Air Service Committee, was instrumental in leading efforts to restore service between Oregon and Asia that was lost in March 2001 when Delta Air Lines pulled out of the market. Dozono welcomed the Northwest announcement, noting that the service will open doors to new business opportunities and present convenient new tourism destinations for Oregon, Washington and other western states. From Northwest's Tokyo hub, Portland travelers will be able to make single connections to China, Thailand, South Korea, Taiwan and other countries in the airline's Asia/Pacific network. Said Dozono, "This is terrific news and a real shot in the arm for our economy and tourism industry. A wonderful way to start the New Year."

Dozono also played a key role in bringing about non-stop service between Portland and Frankfurt, Germany, on Lufthansa German Airlines. That service began in March 2003, the same month that Mexicana Airlines announced it would offer daily passenger service to Guadalajara which began last May.

Northwest will start service in June with a DC10-30 aircraft, offering both World Business and Coach Class. In the fourth quarter of 2004, the flight is scheduled to transition to Northwest's new long-range Airbus A330-200 aircraft, equipped with its new lie-flat World Business Class seat and fully interactive in-flight entertainment system.

In celebration of Northwest's new service, the airline has made special introductory fares available for purchase through Azumano. Northwest is offering a base fare of $319 each way from Portland to Tokyo or Nagoya, Japan. In addition, introductory fares are available through Azumano from Portland to Beijing, Busan, Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore or Taipei for a base fare of $379 each way, Bangkok for $404 each way and Manila for $494 each way. Introductory fares are also being offered from other Pacific Northwest cities such as Bend/Redmond, Eugene and Klamath Falls, Oregon, as well as Spokane, Washington, at slightly higher fares. Tickets must be purchased no later than January 31, 2004. All travel must be completed by July 15, 2004. Other restrictions and conditions apply.

Azumano will be also offering discounted consolidator fares on the new service, year-round.

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