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Carole Meekins: Positively Milwaukee

8/20/07 "Midwest Airlines" The Tradition Continues

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Well, it looks like we can enjoy our cookies after all. Midwest Airlines will not be taking off with another name. That means Milwaukee will keep it's hometown airline, and with it a lot of local pride. I remember when I first arrived in Milwaukee almost 17 years ago (I can't believe it's been that long..my how time flies..no pun intended, ha..ha!!!). I remember being in the ladies room of a local restaurant. Three women welcomed me to Milwaukee and asked me if I had ever flown Midwest Express as it was called then. I had not. So they gave me in essence a live commercial. They were flight attendants for Midwest. They went on and on about how they gave the best service.They told me how everyone flew first class. I learned about the dinners served with table linens and real forks and knives. They also raved about the free champagne. I could not remember a time when I had seen so much employee enthusiasm about their company. I vowed my next trip would be Midwest Express. It was. I was hooked. The ladies were right. Midwest was addictive. Of course the new economy after September 11th made it necessary for Midwest to revamp their first class only flights. Now there are less expensive flights that seat more people. I usually take the Super Saver flights which are still wonderful. You may have to pay for your meals, but you still get warm chocolate chip cookies. A treat that most children don't even get to enjoy these days with both parents out earning a living I know I'm not alone when I say it's great the Midwest will stay Midwest. If the airline had taken off with a new name, we would have lost more than our hometown airline. We would have had to pack up some very important bragging rights. Enough to make you want to choke on your chocolate chip cookie.

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