L1011 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1693 posts, RR: 9 Posted (16 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 620 times:
In a time when most major airlines are shedding older aircraft, Northwest breathes new life into them. I received a letter today informing me of some current developments at Northwest. Here is a quote:
"To make your travels as comfortable and convenient as possible, we have invested in new interiors and refurbishment of our entire DC-9 fleet..."
Interesting, isn't it. I've also read that they are still acquiring DC-10s.
Bryan From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (16 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 620 times:
I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I think the DC-9 and DC-10 are the two best US built airliners ever!
I used to not like Northwest because I had bad service one time. But now, after hearing that, I'm starting to like them a bit more.
I love the idea of keeping older airliners rather than chucking them out. I think this is great, provided that they keep up the maitnence.
Jkw From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (16 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 620 times:
Yep, they've sunk $3-5 million to keep these planes going. But, they're going to scrap them at age 50, because that's when the aft pressure bulkhead will have to be replaced. NWA tried doing that on one DC-9, and found that the plane wasn't quite designed for easy removal and replacement of those aforementioned pressure bulkheads. So, they decided that it wasn't worth the hassle, and they will retire the plane at the 50 year point.
BryanG From United States of America, joined May 1999, 438 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (16 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 621 times:
Some of their DC-9s like the -50 series, are pretty new. They were some of hte last ones built before the lines were closed and the MD-80s were developed. So those planes still have plenty of years left. However, I _might_ be a little apprehensive about getting on one of those DC-9-10 planes that they still have. Those models date all the way back to 1965! Imagine the number of cycles that a DC-9 that old must have!