Northwest Airlines yesterday set the stage for post-bankruptcy operations and the launch of its Compass regional subsidiary with orders for 36 CRJ900s and 36 Embraer 175s, plus an undisclosed number of options, which the carrier said will allow it "to pursue growth opportunities in important markets, including in the Heartland of the US, and provide Northwest with improved aircraft economics." Compass, which received US Dept. of Transportation approval last month (ATWOnline, Sept. 15), will ...

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