Mesaba operated its last Avro RJ85 services on the morning of 1 December, when three RJ85s that had overnighted at other airports returned to Detroit. The last ever Mesaba RJ85 revenue flight was NW3517 from Rochester to Detroit. The final withdrawal date for Mesaba’s RJ85s has shifted several times since […]
The steady flow of former Mesaba Avro RJ85 crossing the Atlantic continues. N515XJ (msn E2333) was the latest to make the crossing. She transited through Halifax on 16 November, heading for Keflavik. N519XJ (msn E2344) was also at Halifax that day, a technical problem preventing her from continuing her journey.
Turmoil continues to grip Avro RJ85 operator Mesaba as it struggles to cut costs. The airline claims it needs to reduce costs by a further 17.5% to survive, but the unions claim these cuts are too deep, particularly coming on top of earlier cuts and, for the pilots, the reductions […]
Northwest Airlines has reached an agreement with its creditors over lease terms on 13 leased Avro RJ85s. Under the agreement, which is subject to bankruptcy court approval, lease rates on the aircraft will be reduced to US$70,000 a month until they are withdrawn from service later this year. The RJ85s […]
Mesaba Avro RJ85 N517XJ (msn E2335) experienced a nosegear collapse while parked at the gate at Cleveland on March 5. She was later ferried to Minneapolis for repairs.
United Airlines is planning to use Bombardier CRJ700s operated by SkyWest for services to Aspen-Pitkin County Airport. To date, the BAe 146 and Avro RJ are the only jet airliners certified for operation at the airport, which is at 7,820 feet AGL and is surrounded by mountains rising to over […]
Mesaba has stated that it has been informed by Northwest Airlines that the entire fleet of Avro RJ85s it operates on behalf of Northwest Airlink is to be withdrawn from service. Mesaba has already parked nine of the 35 RJ85s in early November, although two of these have since returned […]
In a surprise development, two of the nine Avro RJ85s that Mesaba recently parked have returned to service. N503XJ (msn E2310) and N510XJ (msn E2323) had both been parked at Marana-Pinal Airpark in Arizona in early November, but were both ferried back in late November and placed in service on […]
Mesaba has begun parking part of its Avro RJ85 fleet. Mesaba operates the RJ85s on behalf of Northwest Airlink. Northwest Airlines, which is under Chapter 11 bankruptcy court protection, has received court approval to reject the leases on the aircraft, and has instructed Mesaba to park them. Nine RJ85s were […]
With both Air Wisconsin (operating as United Express) and Mesaba (operating as Northwest Jet Airlink) scheduled to withdraw their BAe 146s and Avro RJ85s from service, Aspen is scrambling to find replacement jet service. The last Air Wisconsin BAe 146 flight from Aspen is scheduled to operate on 17 April […]