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MESABA IN MINNESOTA

You say that Mesaba Airlines has standardized its turboprop fleet to Saab 340s ("Airline achievement awards" 2/98). Mesaba did recently phase out the Metroliners but still has about 20 Dash 8s. Also, you said Mesaba incorporated all of Express Airlines 1's operations at Minneapolis and Detroit. Express never had an operation at Detroit.

Fred DeGuio

Albuquerque, N.M.

Mesaba has 14 Dash 8s, to be phased out by December. The reader is correct about Express, however.--Ed.

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