The key part here is that NW
has not put out a bid for additional flying.
All it states is the provision is in the mainline pilot's contract, among a whole slew of other provisions. Purely, should the situation arise.
As it stands now, NW
really does not need too many more CRJ's at their current hubs. There is simply nowhere to put them. DTW
is almost max-ed out spacewise for the regionals until the new concourse C is rebuit.
Also, the big wildcard is the NWA70 issue, the 70 seat issue that will begin negotiation in Feb. Mainline pilots want the 70 seater flying, but NW
will only do so if it is profitable.
Thus 70 seaters are in NW
's not so distant future. There are a bunch of routes currently being flown with 50 seaters that could be flown effectively with 70 seaters, thus when the time comes, freeing up those 50 seaters to do other things.
Time will tell, but remember that planes aren't free. No regional, unless they are really dumb, is suddenly going to get a whole bunch of RJ
's with the hope of NW
potentially flying them.
For the time being, there is no one out there that has a bunch of RJ
's to fly for NW
. 6 months from now, that story may be different. I just don't see any regional ordering new aircraft just to fly for them, I see this scenario occuring if someone is out on the street due to their contract ending with someone else.