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Northwest Airlines to begin nonstop flights to Paris

According to the Star Tribune, Northwest Airlines is planning to announce a new nonstop, daily service between the Twin Cities and Paris on Monday during a news conference at the Hotel Sofitel in Bloomington.

NWA will use "a new Airbus A330 to fly the Paris route," the Star Tribune said.

Northwest vice president of corporate communications, Tammy Lee, declined to confirm whether the news about the nonstop route is true. However, Northwest CEO, Doug Steenland implied in conversations with reporters Thursday that the new international service is likely to be put in effect. He also mentioned that the Twin Cities gets a lot of international service for its size.

Information as to when the service would start is not yet available.

Steenland met with reporters Thursday to "focus on the delivery of the 32nd Airbus A330 for Northwest's fleet," reported the Star Tribune. The A330s have on-demand video offerings for all coach and business class passengers, and the front of the cabin has lie-flat seats for business class passengers.

"International air service is very important to Minnesota's economy in terms of developing trade relations and visitors from other parts of the world," Metropolitan Airports Commission spokesman Patrick Hogan said.

Northwest is expanding the international portion of its business at about four percent each year, the Star Tribune said.