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Midwest Airlines

Midwest Airlines
Airline
AirlineMidwest Airlines
IATAYX
ICAOMEP
CallsignMIDEX
Founded1948 (as K-C Aviation)
Ceased operations2010 (merged with Frontier Airlines)
Airline hubGeneral Mitchell International Airport
(Milwaukee)
Focus citiesKansas City International Airport
Frequent-flyer programMidwest Miles
Member loungeBest Care Club
Fleet size30 (6 orders)
Destinations18
Company sloganThe Best Care In The Air
Parent companyRepublic Airways Holdings
HeadquartersOak Creek, Wisconsin
Key peopleBryan Bedford
(Chairman/President/CEO)

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Midwest Airlines (formerly Midwest Express) was a U.S.-based airline and was also an operating brand of Republic Airways Holdings based in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. operating from Milwaukee's General Mitchell International Airport. On April 13, 2010, parent company Republic announced that Midwest Airlines and Frontier Airlines will merge, with the Midwest brand disappearing in the fall of 2011. Midwest Airlines was largely known for its Signature Service all business class seating arrangement, which included leather seats arranged 2-by-2 and iconic fresh-baked chocolate-chip cookies.

In early 2008 the airline's publicly traded parent Midwest Air Group was taken over by the private investment firm TPG Capital with a minority investment by Northwest Airlines (now part of Delta Air Lines). The new owners halted airline operations by Midwest's Skyway Airlines subsidiary and contracted out all Midwest Connect flights. Skyway went on to provide ground services for Midwest flights.

On June 23, 2009, Republic Airways acquired Midwest Airlines for $31 million.

Midwest Airlines' final flight operated with a Boeing 717 and staffed with Midwest Airlines flight crews landed in Milwaukee on November 2, 2009. Effective November 3, 2009, Midwest Airlines ceased to exist as an actual operating airline (allowing its DOT air carrier operator certificate to lapse). However, the airline continued to operate using the same branding, livery and a very similar route structure. Flights were operated by Republic Airlines and Frontier Airlines flightcrews. The Milwaukee hub and base was maintained along with the Kansas City hub. A new focus city was started in Omaha.


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