JBLUA320 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3185 posts, RR: 17 Posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3013 times:
Im flying out to Austin tomorrow for 2 weeks of fun with my forensics friends
We're flying Northwest on the following flights:
6/25 NW653 EWR-DTW D93
6/25 NW223 DTW-AUS 319
We tried to keep a secret from two of my friends about the DC-9 because they are afraid to fly, but they did some research of their own and are now frightened that the airplane is so old. I've been trying to calm them down... but it's not working!!
It's my hope that if they see the aircraft in new colors, it MIGHT ease their nerves a little bit... so my question is, what is the current breakdown of new colors versus old colors?
If anyone knows which DC-9 might be opping 653 tomorrow, thatd be awesome, but that isn't the purpose of this thread. I just want to know what the odds are of getting a new colored aircraft!
NWA757 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 172 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2999 times:
Most of the DC-9's in Northwest's fleet have not yet been repainted. However they are scrambling to do so. The flight you are taking tomorrow will most likely be a DC-9-50 if that is the case, there is a better chance that it will appear in its new makeover. If it is a DC-9-30 the odds are less. Good luck with your trip. Have Fun!
Mikey711MN From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1425 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2963 times:
On the other hand, a lot of the 9's in the new c/s really show the exhaust markings a lot more visably than those in the old c/s. Not riding on a plane because it's older seems so overblown to me...it'd be one thing if there were reliability problems with these birds, but as mentioned, they have nice new interiors, are the workhorse of a relatively solid airline, and get people to/from where they need to go.
Tasha From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2938 times:
I routinely fly to MEM on a DC9-14 (10? maybe). I asked the pilot once and he told me that the aircraft was delivered in 1966. That made it 16 years old when I was born Saddly now it always seems to be that hideous Arvo Arvoliner. What a PoC in comparison to the DC9!!!
NWADC9 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4903 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2884 times:
NWA757, he said D93 for the DC-9 leg. He didn't say D95, the DC-9-51. Now, back to the point, chances are, you'll get the new colors. Here in PIT, You'll be lucky to see the old colors. By the way, if you get N994Z, let me know. It's my favorite DC-9-32. It's used for my new ******** (I censored out something for security reasons. If I didn't, I'd be doomed!)
Flying an aeroplane with only a single propeller to keep you in the air. Can you imagine that? -Capt. Picard
Iflewrepublic From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 537 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2602 times:
NWADC9, et al.,
N994Z is, I believe, the only former Ozark DC-9 in our fleet. I could be mistaken. I once read an article that stated while operating an Ozark flight, the landing gear on one side of the plane collapsed, causing the wing to snap off. The plane was repaired and put back into service, and eventually sold off to Republic Airlines. The rest, as they say, is history. I hope that I have the correct plane.
I'll have to find the article. I think it's in a back issue of AIRLINERS.
Aviation is proof that, given the will, we have the capacity to achieve the impossible.
Jetranger2000 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 230 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2567 times:
Kind of OT, but my only complaint about "old" aircraft is the rather faded and abused interior. Now I know it costs a lot of money to redo interiors, but I think it helps to have a well maintained interior for passengers, so they have more confidence in the aircraft actually getting them to their destination. Same with a good paintjob.
But from what I know NW has pretty new interiors in the DC9s, so thats good news for me, since I'll be flying one from DTW to ALB in a few weeks.