Northwest Jet Airlink operator Mesaba has received the last of the 36 Avro RJ85s it had on order. N536XJ (msn E2372) was delivered on 26 May. Northwest placed an initial order for 12 RJ85s, with 24 options, in October 1996, for operation by Mesaba Airlines on Northwest Jet Airlink services, and Mesaba began RJ85 service in June 1997. Northwest exercised the 24 options in July 1997. Mesaba has taken all 28 of the most recent RJ85s off the production line, with all other customers opting for the larger RJ100. To remain under Northwest’s scope clause, Mesaba’s RJ85 are configured with 69 seats, including 16 first-class seats. Northwest recently announced an expansion of RJ85 service from its Memphis hub, including a new route to Des Moines, Iowa. RJ85 operations had hitherto been concentrated at the airline’s Minneapolis-St.Paul and Detroit hubs.