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News Release

Release # 03.NWA5
December 12, 2003

Northwest Pilots To Explore Interim Investment Agreement

St. Paul, Minn. --- The elected union leadership for Northwest Airlines pilots, as represented by the Air Line Pilots Association International (ALPA), directed its Negotiating Committee today to explore a possible interim investment agreement with NWA and to develop a proposal outline for the union leadership’s consideration no later than its March 2004 meeting.

"We believe all stakeholders must ultimately share in solving NWA’s problems, but recognize that a pilot investment could represent an intermediate step on the way to a long-term solution," NWA Master Executive Council (MEC) Chairman Capt. Mark McClain said. "Since April, the NWA pilot group has recognized the long-term viability problems facing our company and that an investment by labor will need to be part of the solution."

The MEC Negotiating Committee’s proposal outline would investigate a possible dollar amount of a pilot investment, appropriate quid pro quos, and provisions and conditions that would need to be met.

"The negotiating committee has been asked to develop a proposal which will enhance NWA’s long-term viability," McClain said. "We expect any investment by the pilot group will be rewarded and management would be required to share in any cost savings simultaneous with NWA pilots."

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SOURCE: Air Line Pilots Association

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