Crosswind From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 2592 posts, RR: 59 Reply 5, posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2213 times:
I'm lead to believe, and I'm sure one of the forum's Northwest experts will be able to confirm or deny this, that the A330s being cancelled are from the original 1989 order.
When Northwest/Airbus struck the current A330 order deal in 2001, it was agreed that to protect Airbus' order figures, rather than cancelling the whole of the original order, they would cancel 4 aircraft per year until Northwest are relieved of their original commitment.
So the order which the cancellations form part of are entirely separate to those placed in 2001 which Northwest will actually receive!
As it currently stands Northwest have 32 A330 aircraft on order, 24 were ordered in 2001, and 8 remaining from the original 16 ordered in 1989, which will continue to be reduced at 4 per year until 2005.
If I'm wrong please correct me! I thought I read it here but a quick search hasn't brought anything up in the archives...
Dynkrisolo From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1845 posts, RR: 8 Reply 6, posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2108 times:
Crosswind, you are correct. Airbus has some rather bizarre practice of keeping some of the old orders in their book. Another example is Air Inter's original 333 orders. These old orders have been slowly being 'canceled' as Air France starts taking delivery of the 332 very much like NW's original 333 orders.
HlywdCatft From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5321 posts, RR: 7 Reply 12, posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1684 times:
I really don't think that the cancelled NWA A330s will make much of a difference to the people at DTW or MSP, both airports will see a lot of them still. I also think when things start going good again for NW, they will add them back on and that will probably come before they are done taking the 24.