NWAA330 From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 215 posts, RR: 1 Posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 4081 times:
Why weren't more of these ordered. Their relatively new (this one delivered in 99) I personally think their an awesome aircraft and since NW is downsizing its MEM opporations these days, but im sure would like to keep F class on some of the routes being changed to regional a/c wouldnt this be the perfect option? (They are the only airlink opp. with F/C I beleive. and ive flown it and found it equal to if not better than NW mainline) Messaba opporates 36 at present.
Timf From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 978 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3907 times:
The 69 seat specification is a limit. I believe it really means they can't operate more than 36 regional jets with more than 50 seats, with a maximum of 69 seats. Without this restriction, the RJ85s would likely have 85 coach seats, rather than the comfortable 16/53 configuration they currently have.
Acidradio From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1879 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3893 times:
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Actually the contract calls for no more than 36 aircraft that are less than 70 seats. The Avro is supposed to do 85 pax with an all coach configuration, so this was kind of a workaround to use this aircraft and in the process we gained a first class product that doesn't really exist anywhere else in the regional airlines. There are actually 35 active in the fleet right now, as N528XJ was heavily damaged in a collision with a jetbridge in MEM earlier this year.
NWAA330 From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 215 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3834 times:
Right but it would seem that the CRJ's are geared more towards replacing the SAAB's becuase the travelling public prefers jets over prop a/c. But their have to be many downsizd routes that they would like to have an F/C on? At least routes that the DC9's are too large to handle. I think if given the chance NW would snatch more up in a minute.
IndustrialPate From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3811 times:
Basically even if they wanted to NW could not order more of the a/c?
(this is highly generalized for easy understanding)
Under the current contracts in place with the pilots' unions, NW’s regional partners are allowed to operate (on behalf on NW) 36 jet aircraft with 51-69 seats, 54 jet aircraft with 46-50 seats and an unlimited number of jet aircraft with less than 46 seats. Thus, until that clause is changed, NW could not add any more ARJ to their fleet.
The bulk of the ARJ's leases expire in less than 4 years... I wouldn't be surprised if NW replaced them with CRJ-700 (which will likely be ordered if NW could change the clause, anyway) ... idealistically, NW could work out something like US that would enable them to purchase the EMB-175 or EMB-195 and fly them as mainline-express.
So why is this contract in place?
To protect mainline jobs -- regional jet pilots are payed very, very low wages.
CRJ's are geared more towards replacing the SAAB's
NW's used their most recent CRJ deliveries for expansion & to replace quite a bit of DC-9 flying ex-MEM. SF3 flying hasn't decreased within the last 12 months.
Aviatortj From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1838 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 3777 times:
Is anyone else kind of disappointed that the CRJ is becoming more prevalent than mainline. I mean, it is a very nice plane and my four CRJ flights are some of the smoothest flights I have ever had in a commercial airliner. I understand that it costs less for the airlines to operate these than DC-9's, but from a passenger standpoint I would much rather fly on a DC-9 or A319. Being 6'1", CRJ flights get LONG. My carry-on doesn't make it on board half of the time and the windows are too low for me to look out of without cramping up my neck. Don't get me wrong about the CRJ, I like it a lot! But I just do not see it as a good candidate for mainline flights. Does the EMB-170/190 resemble more of an Airbus or Canadair? Could NWA possibly place an order for the EMB at the end of the ARJ lease? I wish I knew more about all of these planes to understand the complete situation, but from a consumer/passenger standpoint, you would think comfort would be more of a consideration.
I am sorry if this is the wrong place for this 'rant' as I am still learning my way around here Thanks.
Tonyctnyc From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3647 times:
The RJ-85 (a fancy name for a BAe 146-200) ... whats so great ? One of the ugliest, most ungainly looking airplanes ever built (like almost every other British built plane) ... is also one of the loudest jets inside the cabin too-- has anyone ever had the misfortune to sit near the back ?
UN_B732 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 4296 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3637 times:
I thought it was called the "whisper jet" ?!?!??!
4 engines must not be very efficient..unless they are really weak.
Hey! Nobody must not fill up those F seats like to burlington other than 1 or 2 upgraders. I bet someone could ask for an upgrade?
And you probably don't get meals/snacks that nw mainline gives on longer Avro Routes.
Azjubilee From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 4153 posts, RR: 27
Reply 16, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 3516 times:
Actually, the scope clause that NW pilots have in their current contract calls for unlimited number of jets with less than 50 seats (hence the 44 seaters). The amount of 50 seat jets will be a function of the current mainline narrowbody fleet (increase = more 50 seaters, decrease = less 50 seateres and more 44 seaters). The 69 seat avros we're grandfathered into the current contract after the NW pilot strike and the clause says only 36 jets with no more than 69 seats can be operated and will only be operated by Mesaba Aviation. BAE Aerospace no longer manufactures the a/c so no new ones can be bought. However used ones can be brought online should they become available and the scop is relaxed over at NW.
The avro is the second generation Bac146 - with FADEC engines, more powerful engines, almost entirely glass cockpit, higher service ceiling, digital pressurization controls, faster cruise speed and other enhancements. So Tonyctnyc - it's not just a pretty name for the 146 - it's the same airframe but very very different. The loud fan you hear in the back is only the recirculating air fan - not an engine. This a/c is one of the quietest in the sky, that's why it's called the whisperjet. The fan usually gets turn to "fresh" once airborne, so the sound decreases. Who cares what it looks like? Airlines don't buy planes to satisfy the eye, but to satisfy the bottom line.
The avro, being twice the size and weight and having twice as many systems and engines is only 25% more fuel INEFFICIENT than the CRJ. This straight from the engineers in Woodford at the factory. It is the most profitable in the NW fleet right now - making NW TONS of money.
Meals are indeed served on many routes! No ovens onboard, so the same cold meals are served that NW serves on alot of their flights. Some meal segments are (in FC only): MSP-HPN/ASE/OKC/ORF/GSO/PIT, DTW-OKC/YHZ, MEM-ASE (probably MEM-PHL/EWR when we start in Sept). There were many more meal flights, but they were cut back post 9/11. Some meal flights were DTW-BHM and prior to 9/11 MSP-CVG! The avro is jjust a small mainline a/c operated by a Airlink partner. The planes are catered as if it were NW, look like NW on the inside and are serviced at jetways by mostly NW employees (depending on station). So there is VERY VERY little difference between NW and the avro service - ecept maybe being a little better.
I'm sure NW would in a heartbeat expand the 70 seat fleet if they could - but the NW pilots have a say in that. As IP said - the reason for these restrictions is for job protection. Even though currently, the majority of mainline pilot jobs have been lost to the widebody fleet adjustments, not because of airlink services. This came straight from NW ALPA. It's unfortunate though, that when times were good for NW they had no interest in befriending their "regional" brothers and sisters. Now that things are awful at mainline, they want to dance with us.
Azjubilee From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 4153 posts, RR: 27
Reply 20, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 3301 times:
I haven't flown BTV yet - so I don't know for sure, but I doubt there is a meal. Oh yea - PWM-DTW is a brekky flight. THe RJ85 is on'y certified for 85 in the US - the 100 seat bac jets that Air Will yhas are the Bae146-300s or if it were an avro the Rj100.
The first 12 were bought and the last 24 were leased under 10 year terms. I'm sure they can be negotiated to be longer... no plans to get rid of them. I'll believe it when I see it too...