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Northwest Airlines to order 72 planes, split between Embraer and Bombardier

Northwest Airlines to order 72 planes, split between Embraer and Bombardier

Northwest Airlines Corp. asked a bankruptcy judge for permission to buy 72 new commercial airplanes for serving small and midsize markets.
The order will be split between 36 Embraer 175 aircraft and 36 Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft. Northwest said it had options for another 96 Bombardiers and an additional 136 Embraers.
The order was widely expected as Northwest has been looking to revamp the regional flying currently handled by Mesaba Aviation Inc. and Pinnacle Airlines Corp. Northwest is also seeking approval to start its own regional subsidiary, called Compass.
A new contract negotiated with mainline Northwest pilots allows regional carriers to fly jets with up to 76 seats, a size range that includes both the Embraer and Bombardier planes.
Northwest said Embraer would finance all 36 planes, including seven while Northwest is still operating under bankruptcy protection. Northwest said it expects to take its first deliveries of both aircraft in the second quarter of 2007.


Updated : 2020-11-30 21:40 GMT+08:00