528 was not written off - don't believe what those idiots at airdisaster.com tell you. They had the plane written off shortly after that day in October. XJ
are currently bickering and in disagreements as to who is responsible for painting the Avros. NW
says painting is a maintenance issue and since XJ
is responsible for the mx, XJ
needs to pay for and paint them. XJ
says the pain scheme was a marketing descison and since NW
is responsible for marketing, NW
should pay for them. Either way - they are starting to look awful and need painting badly. They'r enot even old - but they're looking that way. It's pretty embarasing. But XJ
is having to retrofit the avros with new GPWS and a 1.5 million $$$ modification per airplane for an elevator dampener. Lots of $$$ to be spent, not to mention the cash it will take for the new pilot and mechanic contracts. Maybe they need to unload big sky and stop wasting XJ
money for that bad investment.
Saw a 752 last night in DTW
- looks sharp!