Northwest increases Avro RJ85 order to 36

Northwest Airlines exercised its 24 options for the Avro RJ85 on 21 July, bringing the total number of aircraft ordered to 36. Northwest placed an initial order for 12 RJ85s, with 24 options, in October 1996, for operation by Mesaba Airlines on Northwest Jet Airlink services. Mesaba began RJ85 service on 6 June 1997. Deliveries of these additional aircraft will begin in May 1998 and continue for up to 48 months.

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