Midwest Airlines began life in 1948, when Kimberly-Clark began providing air transportation for company executives and engineers. In 1969, K-C Aviation was born from this, and was dedicated to the maintenance of corporate aircraft. After the Airline Deregulation Act of 1978, Kimberly-Clark and K-C Aviation decided to form a regular scheduled passenger airline, and out of that initiative, Midwest Express started on June 11, 1984. In 2002, the airline made another major change, shortening its name from Midwest Express to simply Midwest.
On August 12, 2007, it was announced that AirTran had lost the bid for Midwest. A private equity group, headed by TPG Capital and including Northwest Airlines, purchased Midwest and turned the airline into a privately funded company. The inclusion of Northwest in the investing partners required anti-trust review from the United States Department of Justice, which reviews all airline mergers. On August 17, 2007 TPG and Northwest Airlines finalized their bid for Midwest with the final offer of $17 per share and a total deal of $450 million.
On February 1, 2008, Midwest Air Group announced that the US Department of Justice had cleared the acquisition of Midwest by TPG Capital and Northwest. This finalized the acquisition and ended the independent existence of Midwest Airlines. On June 23, 2009, Republic Airways Holdings, Inc announced would acquire Midwest Airlines and the airline became a wholly subsidiary of Republic Airways and continued to operate under current branding. On September 3, 2008, Midwest Airlines announced its plan to outsource all of its flight operations to Republic Airways. In spring of 2010, parent company Republic Airways Holdings announced that its Frontier and Midwest Airlines brands would merge by October 2011.
About the airline
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. 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
Midwest Airlines is expanding its existing code share program with Frontier Airlines to include every city on both the Midwest and Frontier route networks. With expansion, travelers will soon have the ability to book their flights on a single ticket to 63 total Midwest and Frontier destinations and Connect service to an additional 17 destinations in the United States.
Fleet branded as Midwest Airlines at time of merger into Frontier: 5 Airbus A319, 5 Embraer 190 and 15 Embraer 170
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The cheapest flights offered by Midwest is for the route Flights from Milwaukee to Baltimore, and the longest flight is on route Flights from Los Angeles to Nashville which takes 9h 58m.
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