NORTHWEST AIRLINK carrier Mesaba Airlines has shortlisted the Dornier 328 and Saab 340 for an order worth almost $400 million to replace its fleet of 26 Fairchild Metro IIIs and 25 Bombardier de Havilland Dash 8-100s. It plans to replace its fleet between June and the fourth quarter of 1998.

Mesaba president Bryan Bedford says that the 328 and 340 were shortlisted because "...both aircraft are fast, comfortable...and offer stand-up headroom and full cabin service". Mesaba is standardising on a 30-plus seater, he says.

Source: Flight International