Compass Takes Flight
Northwest Airlines’ newest regional subsidiary, Compass Airlines, planned to launch twice-daily service on May 2 between Minneapolis and Washington Dulles International Airport. Certified last month by the FAA to start operations with a single 50-seat Bombardier CRJ200 formerly flown by Mesaba Airlines, Chantilly, Va.-based Compass expects to take delivery of its first of 36 Embraer E175s, configured to seat 76 passengers in a two-class layout, during the third quarter. It plans to hire 300 employees and take delivery of 10 E175s by the end of the year. Delivery schedules call for the rest of the airplanes to arrive next year.