Midwest Express

Midwest Express

Midewest ExpressMidwest Express started life as a corporate flight department for Kimberly-Clark in Appleton WI. In 1969 the flight department became K-C Aviation. The Airline Deregulation Act of 1978 left Milwaukee and Appleton with sparse airline service, so they decided to start a scheduled airline of their own. Using two DC9-10's, they began serving Appleton, Milwaukee and Chicago. Slowly they grew, slowly adding more DC9's, including the -32 series. Their aircraft had 2x2 seating (most airlines had 3x2), leather seats, lots of legroom, free gourmet meals served on real china, and their trademark warm chocolate chip cookies. Business travelers loved them. In 1989 Midwest Express bought the first of eleven MD-80 aircraft, allowing them to serve Florida and the west coast. In 2007 a private group (TPG) and Northwest Airlines bought Midwest Express, though it continued to operate (as Midwest). Service though was cut back and planes sold. In 2009 Republic Holdings bought Midwest and their nine remaining aircraft for one tenth of what NWA/TPG paid. Republic Holdings replaced the DC9/B717 with ERJ-170/190 aircraft. In 2009 Midwest ceased to exist when it was merged with Frontier. HAG represents MWE from 1986 with fourteen flights to their seven destinations. When you fly these trips, be sure to heat up some fresh chocolate chip cookies and serve them on fine china for the true Midwest Express experience.



Posted By: David Reed

News Id: 130 posted on 2019-11-29 15:14:12
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