I'm telling you this are all a bunch of false rumors that people have interepted by misreading information.
is not actively looking for another Airlink partner. There are many specifics stated within the NW
mainline contract only allowing Pinnacle and Mesaba. Everyone's going crazy cuz NW
is pulling a stunt about possibly dropping Mesaba's Arvo service. If NW
does they could easily pick up the backlog of service with the DC-9's and CRJ's. NW
is taking delivery of 2 CRJ's per month through 2005. There could easily be enough capacity to make up for the ARJ's.
Now, if NW
is taking delivery of 30 some more CRJ's
(allocated for Pinnacle), why on earth would NW
be looking for ANOTHER provider????? Its not like they are looking for more aircraft, they have plenty. NW
maintains the leases on all of Pinnacle's CRJ's and also is using them as a pension fund.
People are ignoring the facts here
1) Mesaba's Saab contract isn't going anywhere, it is unaffected by all of this.
No, Skywest isn't going to come in and start flying EMB-120's, NW
doesn't need anymore props.
2) Horizon, that is some goofy, airliners.net rumor that has been conjured up by a few individuals. Sorry but NW
has no interest in flying large props (Q400's)
3) Mesaba Airlines is the ONLY airlink partner allowed to operate aircraft greater than 50 seats, and only 36 of such variety, as stated in the NW
pilots contract. That kind of blows the whole Skywest CRJ-700 picture down.
4) Pinnacle has got more than enough CRJ's on the way, they don't need the feed of another partner.
Its more than likely the whole NW
/CO/DL codeshare taking form, as flights out of SLC
will now start carrying the NW