RJ-85s now flying ORD-MSP

 
Old Aug 14, 04, 11:55 am
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RJ-85s now flying ORD-MSP

I just received a schedule change for a trip in late November.

My 10 a.m. flight from ORD to MSP has been switched from a DC-9 to a Avro Aerospace Regional Jet RJ-85 operated by Mesaba Aviation.
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Old Aug 14, 04, 12:10 pm
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The ARJ is a wonderful plane. Could be a lot worse -- one of the much smaller regional jets (with no FC).

Or even worse ... until a few years ago, AA flew nothing but small turbo props from ORD (their primary hub) to MSP !
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Old Aug 14, 04, 2:11 pm
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NW (well, Mesaba) has been operating the ARJ between MSP/ORD for awhile.

…until a few years ago, AA flew nothing but small turbo props from ORD (their primary hub) to MSP !
ORD is not AA’s primary hub; DFW is. Atlantic services aside, it’s about ½ the size of UA’s operation as well as NW’s at DTW and significantly smaller than DL’s CVG.

MSP/CHI is one of the country’s most served (and possibly/probably over served) routes with about 50 daily flights in each direction. Interestingly, AA had planned to replace most of its F100 on the route with CR7, making it a mostly RJ operation but now their fall schedule shows a single CR7 and nine MD80. This is amusing when you consider that AA sources told several publications the route frequented a 40-60% LF depending on the day/time of year, and now they’re increasing capacity…
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Old Aug 14, 04, 4:21 pm
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The 10am ORD/MSP flight has been an ARJ for at least a couple of months now. Also 2 of the 3 ORD/MEM flights are ARJ's.
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Old Aug 14, 04, 5:14 pm
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I fly ARJ twice a week (OKC>DTW/MSP/MEM) and actually prefer those over the DC9 20/30/40 A/Cs. Opinions will differ, but this is a decent A/C to fly on.
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Old Aug 14, 04, 6:21 pm
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RJ-85 ok. CRJ- no way.

This is still one of NW's most profitable routes to my knowledge.
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