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Northwest Mesaba RJ-85 Enroute To DTW From AVQ

Wed Nov 28, 2007 4:15 am

Just noticed an ex-Mesaba RJ-85 flying enroute from AVQ (Marana, Arizona) to DTW. I found it using the AirNav Live Flight Tracker and it can be found on flightaware as http://flightaware.com/live/flight/N505XJ I wonder if its coming out of storage... any ideas?


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RE: Northwest Mesaba RJ-85 Enroute To DTW From AVQ

Wed Nov 28, 2007 5:10 am

Doubtful it was flying out of AVQ. Most likely MZJ where there are a few RJ-85's.
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RE: Northwest Mesaba RJ-85 Enroute To DTW From AVQ

Wed Nov 28, 2007 5:19 am

What actually was the last scheduled Mesaba RJ85 flight and the date?
 
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RE: Northwest Mesaba RJ-85 Enroute To DTW From AVQ

Wed Nov 28, 2007 6:19 am

The last XJ Avro flight was ROC-DTW on Dec. 1, 2006. Almost a year ago to date.
 
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RE: Northwest Mesaba RJ-85 Enroute To DTW From AVQ

Wed Nov 28, 2007 2:47 pm

Headed across the pond:

KAVQ-KDTW-CYYR (Goose Bay) -BIKF (Keflavik)

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/N505XJ/history
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RE: Northwest Mesaba RJ-85 Enroute To DTW From AVQ

Wed Nov 28, 2007 4:45 pm



Quoting AirTranTUS (Reply 1):
Doubtful it was flying out of AVQ.

You may be right about this. It could have started out of MZJ but actually picked up an IFR flight plan from TUS approach control who could have entered AVQ instead. Either way, an RJ85 on the move to Europe (for CityJet/Air France?)...

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RE: Northwest Mesaba RJ-85 Enroute To DTW From AVQ

Wed Nov 28, 2007 5:23 pm

There were 12 avros that remained in the desert after all the 23 for CityJet were acquired. I've heard that at least some of them are going to South Africa. I am under the impression that all the a/c bound for CityJet are in Europe already. Kinda ironic this a/c will be making an appearance once again in DTW. A little nostalgia.


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RE: Northwest Mesaba RJ-85 Enroute To DTW From AVQ

Wed Nov 28, 2007 6:12 pm

I know I'll miss those.. They were the most comfortable RJ I've ever flown in..

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RE: Northwest Mesaba RJ-85 Enroute To DTW From AVQ

Wed Nov 28, 2007 7:02 pm

Q400 sub for SK / WF?
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RE: Northwest Mesaba RJ-85 Enroute To DTW From AVQ

Wed Nov 28, 2007 7:05 pm



Quoting WF2BNN (Reply 8):
Q400 sub for SK / WF

Possible. Right now, the last city on its "list" is Keflavik, so if it's not stopping there, it could pretty much be heading anywhere in Europe...or, for that measure, Africa. Anyone heard of any orders lately?

Quoting A340Spotter (Reply 5):
n RJ85 on the move to Europe (for CityJet/Air France?)...

Good guess. I'm curious to see where it ends up. It's like a mystery to work with on my sick day!  Smile
 
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RE: Northwest Mesaba RJ-85 Enroute To DTW From AVQ

Wed Nov 28, 2007 8:37 pm

I wonder if the RJ-85 could've had more success if it were a twin engine jet instead of a quad.

If I remember correctly, their operating costs were one of the top reasons that NW retired them from the fleet, but they seemed to have a great following in terms of comfort.

Which engines would've made good choices for this bird? Would it have made any difference on it's economics?
 
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RE: Northwest Mesaba RJ-85 Enroute To DTW From AVQ

Wed Nov 28, 2007 9:05 pm

I believe that lack of a suitable powerplant was one reason for making it a quad.
 
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RE: Northwest Mesaba RJ-85 Enroute To DTW From AVQ

Wed Nov 28, 2007 9:29 pm



Quoting Airlinelover (Reply 7):
I know I'll miss those.. They were the most comfortable RJ I've ever flown in..

Yeah, me too. I used to specifically book flights on them because they were so comfy.
 
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RE: Northwest Mesaba RJ-85 Enroute To DTW From AVQ

Wed Nov 28, 2007 9:29 pm

Some are going to go to BA at LCY to help with longer flights to BCN and MAD.

Some more will probably end up here in EXT too, we have had 4 or 5 coming through here for maintainance for WX/AF.
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RE: Northwest Mesaba RJ-85 Enroute To DTW From AVQ

Thu Nov 29, 2007 6:46 am

PSU...Thank you for that historical information.
 
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RE: Northwest Mesaba RJ-85 Enroute To DTW From AVQ

Thu Nov 29, 2007 6:58 am



Quoting Azjubilee (Reply 6):
I've heard that at least some of them are going to South Africa.

Who in South Africa would be getting these? I've wanted to fly on one for years ... but haven't had the opportunity to (yet). I know Air Botswana flies the BAe-146 -- is it getting more?
 
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RE: Northwest Mesaba RJ-85 Enroute To DTW From AVQ

Thu Nov 29, 2007 7:12 am

What about Airlink, they took some Flybe BAE146 recently.
 
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RE: Northwest Mesaba RJ-85 Enroute To DTW From AVQ

Thu Nov 29, 2007 7:31 am

One example in RSA.


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