Northwest Airlines, Inc. was a major US airline headquartered near Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. On April 14, 2008, Northwest announced it would become known as Delta Air Lines after its merger with Delta Air Lines closed on October 29, 2008. In addition to operating one of the largest domestic route networks in the U.S., Northwest carried more passengers across the Pacific Ocean than any other U.S. carrier, and carried more domestic air cargo than any other American passenger airline.
The British Aerospace 146 (also BAe 146) is a medium-sized commercial airliner formerly manufactured in the United Kingdom by British Aerospace, later part of BAE Systems. Production ran from 1983 until 2002. Manufacture of an improved version known as the Avro RJ began in 1992. With 387 aircraft produced, the Avro RJ/BAe 146 is the most successful British civil jet programme. Northwest Airlines code sharing partner Mesaba Airlines operated 36 of the AVRO BAE 146/RJ-85 regional jets from 1997 to 2002 when the jets were replaced with more fuel efficient Canadair Regional Jets.