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    Nwabri, this might be one for you.
    Northwest (or perhaps a NW feeder) runs a two-engine turboprop into Ottawa, but I've never seen it close enough to identify it.
    Anyone know what that aircraft would be?
    Blair
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    Default RE: Northwest Airlines question

    It would be a Saab 340. Thats the only turbo-prop in the Northwest Airlink system.

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    Brian,

    Saabs are operated by Mesaba, right? And the CRJs are operated by Pinnacle (formerly Express)?

    I see loads of them in DTW and both CRJs and Saabs are flown into KPLN five times a day, but only in the summer. Not enough locals to support CRJs in the winter, so it's all Saabs during the winter months.

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    I knew you'd come through Brian. I figured it was a Saab, but it's pretty hard to tell when it's at 3,000 feet directly over my house.
    Is it NW that operates it, or is it a feeder airline.
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    Ill answer Blair and Tim in the same question.

    The Saab is operated by a feeder airline, Mesaba (XJ). They are based in Minneapolis, Minnesota and only operate as Northwest Airlink. Thier fleet consists of many Saab 340's A, B and B+ models. They also have 36 Avro RJ-85's.

    Pinnacle, Based in Memphis, Tennesee is the other Northwest Airlink carrier. They were formally Express I. They are wholly owned by Northwest Airlines. I am not sure if they operate any Saab's anymore or not, and I don't think they have any Props anymore.

    I think I answered the questions, If I missed one or so, lemme know, and I will answer it.

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    Default RE: Northwest Airlines question

    That's all I need to know. Thanks Brian

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    No problem, just glad I could help.

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    >It would be a Saab 340. Thats the only turbo-prop in the
    >Northwest Airlink system.


    Uhhh.... don't we fly Sweringen (sp)Metroliners?
    I know I've seen two sizes of T-props before. Has NWA given up on one of them?


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    Hmmm

    Northwest/Northwest Airlink used to have Jetstream 31's, Dash-8's, and Metroliner III's as recently as the late '90's, but have since streamlined thier fleet to only Saab 340's, and 2 types of RJ's.

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    I'm flying my NW Saab 340 out of Ottawa now, Brian.
    I love my Archer and my PIC 767, but there's just something about propellers -- most of my flying is in a Jetstream 41, Metroliner, Beech 1900, Dash 8 and now, a Saab.
    Blair

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