Northwest considering direct flight from Memphis to Tokyo - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Northwest considering direct flight from Memphis to Tokyo

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Northwest Airlines is considering whether to begin nonstop service in 2009 between its hub in Memphis and Tokyo, Japan.

The idea was raised by airline CEO Doug Steenland in Japan last week as a possible route for one of the new Boeing 787 planes the airline will receive.

He also discussed reviving the New York to Tokyo flight canceled in 2005 as the airline entered bankruptcy protection. 

Memphis business leaders say they are pushing for the move to link local commerce with the Asian economy and the many Japanese companies with operations in the region.

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