Northwest Airlines flew 6.85 billion RPMs in March, up 8.6% over the year-ago period. Capacity climbed 4.7% to 8.1 billion ASMs and load factor jumped 3 points to 84.6%. For the three months ended March 31, RPMs were ahead 8.8% to 18.17 billion, ASMs increased 4.3% to 22.77 billion and load factor gained 3.3 points to 79.8%.

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