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Possible A318 launch, Issue 1 Sep/Oct 1998

Rumours are circulating that Northwest will soon launch the A319M5, a shortened 115-seat version of the A319, with an order for up to 250 aircraft. The airline will also return to its long-term engine supplier and specify the PW6000 engine.

Northwest’s imminent A319M5 order will alter the DC-9 market irrevocably and possibly decide the 717’s fate. Northwest has returned to Pratt & Whitney for engines, putting it back in the narrowbody market.



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