FJWH From Netherlands, joined May 2004, 974 posts, RR: 3 Posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 6282 times:
The 3th of May I will be flying to the USA for the first time. Also for the first time in a wide body so I am really looking forward to this trip. I am only going 5 days. The third of may I will be flying AMS - MSP - PHX and the 8th of May PHX - MEM - AMS.
All of those 4 flights will be with NW. I was wondering if anybody could tell me wich aircraft I will be flying between MSP - PHX and PHX - MEM (I assume A32X?). Furthermore I was wondering how the IFE is in those 333's which I will be flying between AMS - MSP and on my way back from Memphis to AMS. Also what are 'nice' seats in the 333's etc ( I know seatguru.com but still). More info about NW would be very nice!
FlightS in the next 3 months: MSP, PHX, MEM, NCE, TFS, BCN. All round trips from AMS
Jano From Slovakia, joined Jan 2004, 832 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 6224 times:
Quoting FJWH (Thread starter): All of those 4 flights will be with NW. I was wondering if anybody could tell me wich aircraft I will be flying between MSP - PHX and PHX - MEM (I assume A32X?).
A320 or B757. Do not expect too much. NW domestic is rather spartan service. But they will get you there on time. You might be able to purchase food on board.
Quoting FJWH (Thread starter): Furthermore I was wondering how the IFE is in those 333's which I will be flying between AMS - MSP and on my way back from Memphis to AMS. Also what are 'nice' seats in the 333's etc ( I know seatguru.com but still). More info about NW would be very nice!
West bound you are on A333. Eastbound on A332. On A333 avoid row 15. No window. Check out under which seats are the AVOD boxes (see seatguru.com). They limit the space under the seats somewhat so one is not able to extend their legs as much.
On westbound flight I prefer starboard side. Only because there is always a chance to make some photos of Greenland On eastbound I prefer port side - the colder side of the aircraft.
Try to get the seats in the front part of coach. There are 2 extra inches of seat pitch there.
NW still serves booze on their TATL flight. In fact last time I flew in Feb 2007 (I fly every 2 month on NW/KL USA-EU) they were double giving booze. It was nice. I asked for wine before the dinner, I got 2 bottles During dinner I asked for wine again. I got two bottles Last time that happend before was, hm, I'd say end of 2003.
DTW757 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1624 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 6220 times:
Right now, NWA offers a really good trans-Atlantic product and a barebones domestic product. Expect pretty good service on board the A330. The entertainment includes PTV's with VOD. It's really one of the best economy products out there for crossing the Atlantic.
On your domestic flights, don't expect too much. If you'll be hungry pack something to eat or buy something on your connection. You'll be offered a snack box for purchase which really aren't that great for the price they charge. You'll only be given non alcoholic beverages for free and alcohol for purchase. Also on the domestic flight there will be no entertainment provided.
The only thing I would have done different personally is to get rid of that connection at MEM. Northwest's terminal at DTW is one of the best in the US for making a connection not to mention it's a real beauty.
JetBlueLuv From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 114 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 5972 times:
Quoting DTW757 (Reply 3): The only thing I would have done different personally is to get rid of that connection at MEM. Northwest's terminal at DTW is one of the best in the US for making a connection not to mention it's a real beauty.
DTW is a nice place. MEM may not be much to look at, but it is clean and easy to figure out.
I like NW. I have been flying them exclusively from DTW since 2001 when TWA was bought by AA. What everyone says about NW domestic is true, you don't get much. You will get a comfortable seat and the FAs are usually friendly. Bring something to entertain yourself. I usually bring a book or magazine. In domestic F you will get drinks served in a glass and some fruit, nuts, and pretzels. I like NW and I would recommend them to anyone.
Be sure to check out all the cool DC-9s hanging around MEM.
AlexPorter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 5719 times:
Also of note: NW's 757 and A320 seats may look the same, but everything I've heard suggests that the 757 seats are quite a bit more comfortable than the A320 seats. I can attest that I've flown MSP-PHX on Northwest a couple of times before, all of which were on the 757. Although there wasn't IFE, the flight was nice enough and the seats were comfy so the flight didn't feel like it was that long. I've heard bad things about the A320 seats. Also, NW has only one flight a day from PHX-MEM, so if you get delayed or cancelled, you had better get reaccomodated through MSP or DTW, since those would be your only options in that case.
In PHX, you will use Terminal 3. Terminal 3 is okay, but small. Remember, for your flight from PHX-MEM, you must go to the north security checkpoint in PHX since that's where your gate is. The only real places to eat in Terminal 3 once you pass security are Wendy's and there's a Starbucks. There might be food at the one bar, also, but I haven't gone into the bar since I'm 19.
MSP is a nice airport. If you have time, you can get some shopping in. There is no sales tax on clothing in Minnesota, and that includes the airport. Facilities are nice and have been recently upgraded in the past couple of years. Signage is easy to follow. They keep the place pretty clean also. If you have extra time, you can go to the observation deck above Concourse D. It is hardly ever busy, so if you want to escape the crowds for a while and watch planes, you can kill time up there. Public Address annoucements are still heard up in the observation deck, so if you stay too long and they call your name, you will hear it up there. The observation deck is all glass enclosed so weather isn't an issue in the observation deck (and neither is noise).
Burnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7862 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 5706 times:
Quoting Falstaff (Reply 6): Why would you want anything but BBQ in Memphis. I like Corkys.
I agree, but there is also an amazing sub shop in Memphis, can't think of the name right now. Corky's is ok, but I like Interstate BBQ. I do love Memphis, reminds me of the "good ole days" when airlines were profitable and people were happy to go to work at airlines. Still has that feel, just wish NW had more flights there.
Edit: I will see if I can find that sub shop tomorrow when I go through Memphis. I usually only go through memphis in the summer, but everytime I have been there I have seen so many beautiful southern girls... *crosses fingers*
Mxp From Italy, joined Aug 2003, 466 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 5672 times:
i will too NW on 2nd May FRA-DTT-CVG so i have a question regarding water. If i buy a Bottle of water after the security check am i able to bring it on board or not? And do u think am i allow to take some photos?
MidEx216 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 658 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 5667 times:
I just recently flew on the Northwest A333, and I can say if you're planning on shooting pictures in flight, it doesn't get much better than seat 23A. Perfect angle and lighting for wing shots (depending on weather and time of day).
It's a good thing you have a good time in between connections: I they booked me really close together, so I had to rush quite a bit.
IFE is a PTV, with movies, games, music, or the follow-along map. Enough to keep most anyone busy for the flight.
Service is in no way poor, but nothing spectacular. F/As make normal food / snack, and cleanup rounds, but not much else.
Flying Y, the seats are a bit cramped, but you should definitely be able to recline the seat to its fullest, and if you're tricky, you should be able to find a way to get comfortable (see my post in "How do you sleep on flights?").
AsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 5656 times:
Too bad your layover in MSP isn't longer. I'm willing to bet a few of us MSP a.netters would be happy to show you around the Mall of America. It's only 3 km away from the airport. The train takes you from the airport straight to the mall.
113312 From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 607 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 5642 times:
You can also expect that NW flights will depart on time or even a few minutes early. I ride domestic system 100+ flights a year and they do a consistently good job. Seat guru is good indicator of cabin layout. The Airbus is surprisingly quiet toward the forward part of the economy cabin. I would suggest sitting on the south side windows on your transatlantic legs this time of year. Left side flying west and right side flying east. Hopefully, you'll get the weather to offer up good sightseeing.
MidEx216 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 658 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 5590 times:
Quoting 113312 (Reply 14): You can also expect that NW flights will depart on time or even a few minutes early. I ride domestic system 100+ flights a year and they do a consistently good job.
I'm not trying to say that they can't, but I must have gotten rather unlucky on my flights, because NW52 to DTW-FRA pushed 30 minutes late, and NW726 DTW-ORD pushed 10 minutes late, and went wheels-up approximately 40 minutes latER than that. Although, that one I have to let go a little more, because it was a late arrival from, AND an ATC hold.