For the first time, Mesaba Airlines has landed a deal to operate CRJs as a Northwest Airlink partner. Up until now, all CRJ flying has been done by Pinnacle Airlines, which operates 123 44-seat CRJs on behalf of Northwest. On Friday, Mesaba announced the signing of a letter of intent with NWA to operate 15 CRJs with options on an additional 20. The aircraft, valued at $386 million, will be purchased from Bombardier by Northwest and leased to Mesaba, whose current fleet comprises 63 Saab ...

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