Northwest Airlink News
On May 2, Compass Airlines completed its first flight under the Northwest Airlink banner. The airline is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Northwest and was created by Northwest during its bankruptcy reorganization. Initially Compass will operate a 50-seat CRJ-200 regional jet with twice daily service between Washington and Minneapolis/St. Paul. Compass expects to start flying the first of 36 Embraer EMB-175 regional jets during the third quarter of 2007. By the end of 2007 Compass' fleet is expected to grow to 10 EMB-175, and to all 36 EMB-175 by the end of 2008.
Northwest also has acquired Mesaba Airlines as a wholly-owned subsidiary, following Mesaba's emergence from bankruptcy. Mesaba operates 50 regional jets under the Northwest Airlink banner.
Mesaba serves 72 cities in the United States and Canada from Northwest's three major hubs: Memphis, Detroit and Minneapolis/St. Paul. Mesaba has flown jets for Northwest for more than 22 years and the move allows customers to continue to experience a high level of customer service and satisfaction on their regional trips.
Mesaba operates an advanced fleet of regional jet and jet-prop aircraft, consisting of the 34- passenger Saab SF340 and the 50-passenger Canadair Regional jet. Mesaba will soon begin to operate 36 Bombardier CRJ900 regional jet aircraft.
Both the CRJ 900 from Bombardier and the Embraer 175 are regional jets that seat 76 passengers. These more economical jets provide a roomier, more comfortable passenger experience than aircraft previously used on shorter flights. Both aircraft will feature 12 first class seats and 64 coach class seats.