Well you are still more likely to not be on an RJ
. A route like this is simply "connecting the dots" in the NW
network. This eliminates the need for many double connects, as there are are many smaller cities exclusive to each hub. A route like this makes sense as an RJ
is taking delivery of 2 CRJ's per month (to Pinnacle) through 2005. With 70-some in the fleet now, with a total of 125-ish, they have to go somewhere. For the time being, this spring, they are being used to open many new routes, as opposed to replacement flying for either mainline or turboprops. With NW
's large fleet of DC-9's, they don't need as many RJ
's as their peers. Now that the 70-115 seat market is so hot, NW
is already of the game with its DC-9 fleet that fits right in that niche.