Compass Airlines, a subsidiary of Northwest Airlines operating under the
Northwest Airlink banner, has completed its first revenue flight.Flight 2002, operated with a Bombardier CRJ-200 regional jet
aircraft, departed Dulles International Airport (IAD), near
Washington, D.C., at 6:37 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time with 43
passengers and a crew of three. Flight 2002 arrived at Minneapolis/St.
Paul International Airport (MSP) two minutes early at 8:13 a.m.
Central Daylight Time.
“Today’s launch of scheduled air service is a very proud day for
all employees of Compass Airlines,” said John Bendoraitis, president.
“For more than a year, the entire Compass team diligently prepared for
this day. We welcome customers aboard Compass Airlines and look
forward to continuing to expand our operations in the near future.”
Compass will initially operate a 50-seat CRJ-200 regional jet
aircraft with twice-daily round trip service between Washington and
As previously announced, during the third quarter of 2007, Compass
expects to operate the first of 36 Embraer EMB-175 regional jet
aircraft. The EMB-175 will accommodate 76 passengers in a dual class
configuration, with 12 seats in first class and 64 seats in coach
class. Compass plans to operate a fleet of 10 EMB-175 aircraft by the
end of 2007, and 36 aircraft by the end of 2008.
“The Embraer 175 is a modern dual class regional jet aircraft that
will provide customers with best in class cabin comfort,” Bendoraitis
said. “Compass Airlines looks forward to adding the Embraer 175 to the
Compass fleet and expanding operations as a Northwest Airlink partner