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The 2003-2010 logo for Northwest Airlink.

Northwest Airlink was the trade name of Northwest Airlines' regional airline service, which flew turboprop and regional jet aircraft from Northwest's domestic hubs in Minneapolis, Detroit, and Memphis. Service was primarily to small-to-medium-sized cities and towns where larger aircraft might not be economical to operate and also to larger markets to either provide additional capacity or more frequent flights than could be justified using mainline aircraft. Beginning in July 2009, the Northwest Airlink trade name was phased out, and replaced by the Delta Connection trade name for Delta Air Lines as part of the Delta/Northwest merger.

A Compass Airlines Embraer ERJ-175 shortly after takeoff from Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport on February 28, 2009.
Northwest Airlink Saab 340B/Plus operated by Mesaba shortly after takeoff from Minneapolis St-Paul
A Northwest Airlink BAe 146 taking off from Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport



Airline IATA code ICAO code Call sign Aircraft operated Parent
Compass Airlines CP CPZ Compass Embraer 170
Embraer 175LR
Northwest Airlines
Mesaba Airlines XJ MES Mesaba Bombardier CRJ-200
Bombardier CRJ-900
Saab 340
Northwest Airlines
Pinnacle Airlines 9E FLG Flagship Bombardier CRJ-200 Pinnacle Airlines Corp.

Since the Delta merger Compass is now owned by Trans States Holdings and Mesaba and Pinnacle Airlines Corp merged along with Colgan and became Endeavor Air.



Northwest Airlink service was operated using 34-seat Saab 340B turboprops and 50-seat CRJ200 aircraft in a single class of service. Mesaba Airlines and Compass Airlines also operated Bombardier CRJ-900s and Embraer E-175s, respectively. Both aircraft were operated in a 76-seat, two-class configuration.

Northwest Airlink previously operated Avro RJ85 jet aircraft in a 69-seat, two-class configuration before this aircraft type was retired from the fleet.[1] Other aircraft operated in the past by Northwest Airlink included various commuter turboprops such as the British Aerospace BAe Jetstream 31, Dash8 Swearingen Metroliner Beech 99 CASA 212 and Short 360.

Incidents and accidentsEdit


  1. ^, Northwest Airlink Avro RJ85
  2. ^ NTSB report
  3. ^ NTSB report
  4. ^ NTSB Aircraft Accident Report, Crash of Pinnacle Airlines Flight 3701, October 14, 2004.

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