HlywdCatft From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5321 posts, RR: 6 Posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 4339 times:
Now that the A330s are taking over some of the DC-10-30 routes, aren't the DC-10-30s going to be going domestic, or are they retiring a DC-10 as the A330 comes in?
I was wondering if NW would be flying the DC-10 to CO / KMCO), USA - Florida">MCO from DTW or MSP during the winter months.
In recent months all of the other big 6 have been flying in widebodies to CO / KMCO), USA - Florida">MCO except NW whose largest plane has been the 757-300.
AA was flying the A300 from MIA and SJU last spring and summer
CO was flying the 764 from IAH and EWR and the 762 from EWR with an occassional 772 sub.
DL flies in everything widebody they have
UA flew the 763 once a week from ORD last month
USAir flies the 762 from PHL and CLT daily.
Boeing757/767 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 2282 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 4275 times:
Yesterday morning, as I was boarding my NW flight from MSP-BDL, a DC-9-30, I saw a DC-10 parked at the next gate. I wandered over and the departure board at the gate said Orlando, but there was no activity, so that may not be an accurate indicator. Maybe it was just parked there for the night.
Pilottim747 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1607 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 4233 times:
I'm guessing the only way that MCO will see the DC-10 again will be a rare substitution. All the flights are B757s and smaller. The DC-10s are now only scheduled for trans-Atlantic and Hawaii services.
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IndustrialPate From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3677 times:
Don't look for DC10 on any domestic, save for extreme circumstances. The 757-300 flies heavily on that route and is the replacement for the DC10.
Given Richard Anderson's announcement that the B742 will be retired "soon" & NW's earlier decision to spread the A330 deliveries over two additional years, it won't be feasible to outright retire the DC-10 for several more years. The long-term plan always has been to configure about half of them into a high-density domestic configuration & fly them on high-capacity routes. There was a big capacity gap between the B752 and DC-10-40/Domestic (about 100 seats) and the B753 filled it nicely. However, there's many routes that NW flies that demand additional capacity + cargo (like MSP-ANC). I think we'll see NW stick to its original plan and convert about half the DC-10s into domestic birds...