You're right on both accounts. The avros were arriving on property prior to the NW
strike in 1998 and they were one of the main reasons why they were on strike. It's called scope (job protection) and these planes have always been coveted by the NW
had envisioned about 70 of these avros but since 36 were on their way with no options exersized that's what the magic number became and they were grandfathered into the NW
contract. So - in their contract it says a few things regarding scope. Such as unlimited RJs with less than 50 seats (thus the 44 seaters) The amount of RJs with 50 seats will be a function of the mainline narrowbody fleet. Hence, more NW
airbusses and 757s that are aquired more 50 seaters can arrive. And as far as a/c with more than 55 seats it says specifically that only 36 of them are allowed to be operated and that Mesaba AIRLINES must operate them. It makes specific reference to the avro as well - not some generic 70 seater.
Aside from aircraft scope it also mentions in their contract that Pinnacle and Mesaba will be the only AIRLINK carriers to fly for NW
. Any new company must be approved by NW
Hope to see you at a rejuventated XJ
in the near future! I'm comitted to XJ
and it's future, this is just a bump in the road. They're going to fire me before I leave, I'm standing firm until the bitter end.