VS340 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (10 years 2 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 4169 times:
Ill be flying a NW DC-10 soon and i was just wondering if anyone can tell me what their DC-10's are like? I assume that they are in good running condition, NW seems to do a good job of maintaining their aircraft, but what are they like otherwise for comfort, feel and overall experience?
Ahlfors From Canada, joined Oct 2000, 1334 posts, RR: 5 Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 4132 times:
I flew an NW DC-10 about three years ago, and it was quite comfortable for the LAX-DTW leg I was on. But then again, I had bulkhead. Of course, don't expect PTVs or cool seats with winged headrests. It's a great plane but it's time to move on to the 330s.
Jetjack74 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 7365 posts, RR: 51 Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4008 times:
If you're concerned about the safety of them. I can assure you, that they are very safe and in very good shape considering the age. In the beginning of 2001, NW spent a few million dollars tothe interior of the aircraft, mainly updates to the galleys and cabin dividers for WBC. There are no PTV's in coach, just movies. I'm a DTW-based FA for NW, and normally fly Europe trips, mostly on the 10 and lately, the A330.
Dtw757 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1466 posts, RR: 2 Reply 4, posted (10 years 2 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4010 times:
I've flown Northwest DC-10's quite a few times. Consider yourself lucky to be flying one and enjoy it while you can. I traveled through MSP to DTW on Sunday and was looking at all the DC-10's thinking about this. It will be a sad day when the last one is replaced by the 330 and it departs (most likely) for the scrap yard.
As far as the comfort and experience of them. I don't know if you have ever traveled on one, but I've found little difference in them between the airlines other than the color of the seats. I remember traveling on a UAL 777 and connecting to a UAL DC-10. It seemed like I had double the legroom on the 10.
Dan6681 From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 91 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (10 years 2 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3995 times:
I flew IAD-AMS on a NW DC-10 in March of 2002. It was a nice flight but make sure to get seat A,B or H,J I prefer B or H because you get the aisle and are still close to the window. Meal service was alright but there was free booze so the time flew by. FA's were friendly and laughed at my friend and I for getting so wasted on arrival into Amsterdam.
Notam-J From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 85 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (10 years 2 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3884 times:
I flew HNLMSP, coach, last week on NW's DC-10. Very nice interior and great ride. As far as seating, nothing spectacular in the back. I flew MKEMSP on a DC-10 a year ago, WBC, and I must say the one I was on last week was much nicer, interior seemed more up-to-date, better lighting, etc. Nice to say you flew on one before they head to the desert.
If only I had a nickel for every Boeing vs Airbus posting...
IndustrialPate From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 8, posted (10 years 2 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3700 times:
Most transatlantic flights operated by North American carriers don't have PTVs in Economy... the DC-10 will provide clean, comfortable & hopefully reliable transportation - there's an array of IFE shown on big screens + meal service, etc. Not a bad experience overall....
IndustrialPate From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 11, posted (10 years 2 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3580 times:
Is this really true? I think UA, AA and CO offer PTVs in coach on flight to Europe from NYC.
I didn't say anything about NYC -- I said most transatlantic flights operated by North American carriers do not offer PTV.
AA - only B777 flights offer PTV, and the B763 operates almost 2/3 of all transatlantic service
UA - all flights offer PTV (the B744 flying to LHR later this fall will not have them, however)
DL - only 8/60+ aircraft flying acrosst the Atlantic have PTV -- number will shrink to 5/60 in January
CO - virtually all flights have them during Summer, but only about half to 2/3 during Fall/Winter/Spring (when CO increased B757 flying)
NW - only two aircraft with PTV so far
US - about half of all flights offer PTV
AC - one of the largest, if not the largest, North American carriers across the Atlantic - no flights have PTV
Nwa747-400 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1337 posts, RR: 5 Reply 12, posted (10 years 2 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3493 times:
Just got back from Hawaii with NW. Sure was nice to fly on a WBC DC-10. Did SEA-HNL on the way out and HNL-LAX on the way back.
60" pitch was great as usual. The interiors make the aircraft seem like it was made in the mid90s not the mid80s.
PTVs in WBC but they only show the same as main cabin on the HNL flights (you dont have a choice of what you watch other than the movie or the map)
Typically friendly NW FA's, good food, Mai Tais before pushback, linens back on the tray tables, hot towels back on the planes (before dinner and before landing), warm choclate chip cookies are back again.
Very nice, well put together, and efficient service. I know some people complain about the carts in WBC or FC, but it makes the service faster and you can work or sleep more.
Anyway- I will try and post a full trip report shortly, but the NW DC10s are still doing a great job, and I am sure you will enjoy your flights.
Northwest Airlines. NOW YOU'RE FLYING SMART
Myk From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 455 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (10 years 2 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3461 times:
I flew last year with the NW DC10 from CDG to DTW. When I heard that it would be a DC 10, I was happy but thought that the plane would be old and look old inside. Finally it was a very nice flight and I wondered because of the seat alignment : 2 -5 -2 in economy class ! So if you have a window seat, you are lucky !
By the way, service on board was absolutely OK and fine. I don't especially like US Carriers, but NW was definitely OK and in can recommend it.
Cessna172RG From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 746 posts, RR: 0 Reply 14, posted (10 years 2 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3377 times:
I flew from SEA-AMS in the summer of 2000 in a DC-10. It was my first NW DC-10 flight and at that time NW offered decent service. The food was OK, the legroom was fine, and my seat was 35A. It's nice to try to get on the window side of the plane, as there's only two seats there. I would HATE to sit in that absolute middle seat. Flying window in a 747 is bad enough when you gotta ask the whole row to get up (for me, in Japanese) after you've been rather inebriated from all the free drinks.
If I had a choice, and the price was right, then I would fly the "ten" as much as I can on those routes that offered that bird while I could.
One thing to watch for, if you have a wing seat...the DC-10's wing moves A LOT during turbulence, so don't freak out. It moves more than the 747-200, but nonetheless, it sure does move!
Bluewave 707 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3147 posts, RR: 7 Reply 15, posted (10 years 2 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3308 times:
I rode on an NW DC-10 r/t HNL-SEA, and it sucked, on both segments. The interior looked very dreary, and aged. The seats were uncomfortable to say the least. It reminded me of a burned out employee waiting for retirement, Social Security, and being put out to pasture.
The only friendly FA told me she can't wait until they get their A330s, but not until sometime next year, because the European routes will get them 1st, and the Pacific routes last.
"The best use of your life will be to so live your life, that the use of your life will outlive your life" -- D Severn
IndustrialPate From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 16, posted (10 years 2 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3142 times:
I find many of these comments to be quite humerous. If you've traveled on various airlines recently, you'll know that all of them -- except CO -- have internationally-configured aircraft that are very, very tired looking.
DL and AA have B763 that are just as old as some of NW's DC-10!
Flyboyaz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 17, posted (10 years 2 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3127 times:
I have flown on NW DC-10's many times and the interiors looked just fine. They save gobs of money since they own a lot of their planes outright from what I understand, and they take care of them very well.
I was on a DC9 that was older than I was and the interior looked brand new. Very nice!