ATA L1011 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1361 posts, RR: 7 Reply 1, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 771 times:
From what I hear, NW actaully owns the RJ85's and has leased them out to Mesaba. Their RJ's offer nice leg room and are very spacious and comfortable. If they would have opted for the RJ70 they would not be as comfortable. They basically are used on alot of the rte's that the DC-9-10 were/are used on now.
CV640 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 948 posts, RR: 6 Reply 2, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 760 times:
Simple, they weren't even offered when the Avros were purchased. Plus they needed an aircraft that could gfet into short fields and would be a replacement for the DC-9-10. This made a first class a requirement. With all of this the Avro was the only aircraft out there then and still the only one now.
CV640 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 948 posts, RR: 6 Reply 5, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 721 times:
The Avros entered service with Mesaba in early 1997, the first 70 seat CRJ is just entering service now, thats over 4 years later, a long time when NWA needed an airplane immediately. So, the Avro was the only aircraft in that category available at the time.
Flaps From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 1115 posts, RR: 4 Reply 6, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 715 times:
I think some of you are confusing your RJ's. The RJ70 referred to is the Avro RJ70 which was available at the time of the NW RJ85 buy and was in fact purchased by Business Express during this same period. The RJ85's were intended all along to replace the DC-9-10 services. I believe that NW initially wanted the higher capacity. Scope clause limitations ended up restricting their capacity which actually ended up as a bonus for NW. With 65 seats the are the roomiest RJ's around and a serious competitive advantage.
YoungDon From United States of America, joined May 2001, 306 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 707 times:
So contract negotiations are the real reason that the RJ85's with Mesaba only have 69 seats? That's good because I love those RJ85's and CRJ's and ERJ's, IMO, pale when compared to them in almost every category. (except noise)
HlywdCatft From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5321 posts, RR: 7 Reply 9, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 702 times:
since we are on the subject of Avro RJ-85s. I live near Detroit and the planes often make their circles for final approach near my house. I see a lot of Mesaba ARJs and i was wondering this:
Often as they circle to final approach, their engines make a very strange sound like they are shutting them down or changing power. It makes a very eerie whine sound, and you can hear them from a long way away when they do that. Are they indeed changing power on the engines when that happens?
Jean Leloup From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 2106 posts, RR: 23 Reply 10, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 701 times:
My guess is that the noise might be caused by the flight spoiler thingies that stick out from the back of the fuselage that are used to slow the planes down. The ARJ has this because it doesn't have thrust reversers. I started a thread about those spoliers a while ago, but i can't find it!
Azjubilee From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 3555 posts, RR: 30 Reply 12, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 687 times:
To address the funny noise question... I am an FO on the RJ85 with Mesaba and that noise you're hearing is probably the flaps being deployed. They do make an awful strange noise, like a train whistle or almost a high pitch roar with the flaps go from 0 to 18 degrees and vice versa. The normal procedure for the airbrake is for deployment at 100 feet, so unless you're under the flight path at 100 feet, that's not what you're hearing. Otherwise the engines are VERY quiet, so that isn't the noise you're hearing either.
True, the RJ85s are owned by NW and leased to XJ. The 69 seat issue is due to the scope clause in the pilots contract. We were wondering the same question whilein England at the factory for training and the best we could come up with was a huge marketing scheme. Which really is a great one, roomy coach seats and the only RJ with first class. Which, since the avro is wider than the DC9 makes for a comfy cabin!