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NW Airlines' DC-10...Not Very Old  
User currently offlineJmets18 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 178 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 7642 times:

As I was doing some research on http://www.airfleets.net/home/index.php I looked up NW airlines, and some of their DC-10's were delivered as late as 2000. Is this true? Almost all of there active DC-10 series aircraft that are flying were delivered after 1990. Can anyone coroborate this?

Thanks.......

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User currently offlineMD11LuxuryLinr From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1385 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 7612 times:

Some were delivered to NW not too long ago.. They came from other airlines. Some of NW's DC10s were built in 1988..one of the last to come off the line. They do have some older ones, built in the 70s. None the less, age doesn't matter when it comes to aircraft.. Its all about the maintenance..  Big grin


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User currently offlineTasha From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 7589 times:

I was told, by a NWA FO, after a flight from LGW to DTW, that the DC10-30 we just flew was delivered in 1973 or 1974. If so, it would have been very very old. This particular one didn't have the newer cabin lights, and still the old style round cabin lights and also - and very interestingly, all the ashtrays were there, and had obviously been used at one point or another. So this aircraft was definately quite elderly.

Tasha  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


User currently offlineNwcoflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 694 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 7579 times:

Yes, NW has some of the youngest DC-10's around, delivered as late as 88. That is younger than many 752's and 762's in the US. NW will keep the younger DC-10-30s (about a dozen) for another decade or so.


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User currently offlineMD11LuxuryLinr From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1385 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 7572 times:

Go to Airlinerlist.com. They have a rather indepth history of just about every aircraft built for commercial/other. Download the DC10/MD11 file and have a look. You get to see the build date, registrations and owners (amongst other info) about each plane. It's good stuff..


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User currently offlineTomFoolery From Austria, joined Jan 2004, 529 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 7514 times:

When boarding a DC/MD aircraft, you can see the manufacturers stamp in the (at a lack of a better term) front left exit. It will give you the MFG date. Sometimes it will be disturbing, and sometimes it won't. Yes, sometimes MWA has some old stuff, but for the most part, NWA takes really good care of their relics, and sometimes,that's all that matters.

regards,
tf



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User currently offlineSegmentKing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 7497 times:

1973 means its one of the first DC-10s off of the line....

User currently offlineTasha From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 7394 times:

Tom:

"When boarding a DC/MD aircraft, you can see the manufacturers stamp in the (at a lack of a better term) front left exit. It will give you the MFG date. Sometimes it will be disturbing, and sometimes it won't. Yes, sometimes MWA has some old stuff, but for the most part, NWA takes really good care of their relics, and sometimes,that's all that matters.

regards,
tf"

Right you are about the relics!!!  Big thumbs up It was a lovely flight, but unfortunately I was in coach... in the middle, the second seat in the 2 - 5 - 2, but there was no one in the 3rd seat so it was okay!

Tasha  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 18
Reply 8, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 7369 times:

As said, age is irrelevant.

No DC-10 has crashed in years due to mechanical trouble, despite the aircraft getting older.
What crashes there have been since the late 1970s have been due to weather (windshear for example) and maintenance only.
Weather can happen to anyone, maintenance shouldn't happen if an airline will keep to FAA procedures which NWA does.




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User currently offlineKDTWFlyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 835 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 7286 times:

I came back on N229NW as NW31 from LGW-DTW. The aircraft was delivered on 12/03/1972... Now that's pretty old lol. 31 Years, 7 Months, and 13 Days old as of today. Remember N220NW? It retired with I believe almost 120,000 hrs. That is 13.5 YEARS airborne on the airframe  Wow!


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User currently offlineTexdravid From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1365 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 7276 times:

Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't these very old DC-10's gas guzzlers and thus hurting NW's bottom line?

Why would they keep the "newer" DC-10's in service then?

Personally, they need to buy more A330's and get rid of these relics. They may be well maintained and safe, but c'mon! The average passenger may not know the model or type of engine or MTOW's, etc., but they do know (and Mind!!) a old airplane when they see one!!



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User currently offlineKDTWFlyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 835 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 7261 times:

Well I guess since they own 14 DC-10s and are leasing the remaining 8, they don't want to take on a large purchase of new jets. I like the old DC-10s after the short DTW-HNL season later this year and early 2005 I wonder if I will ever see passenger DC-10s at DTW.


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User currently offlineIowa744fan From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 931 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 7216 times:

Just thought that I would mention a couple of figures about specific dates with some DC-10s:

The last one off the line was delivered to Nigeria Airways on, 25/07/89, July 25, 1989. So, all will be at least 15 years old in 10 days. However, given the age of many aircraft on the market, 15 is not too bad...granted the fuel consumption is higher than newer aircraft like the 777 or the 330.

A few other aircraft. Thai Airways had three DC-10-30ERs that were sold to NW, and the delivery dates for these three aircraft were: 1/12/87, 22/12/87, and 26/05/88. So, these three aircraft are not extremely old either (again, relatively speaking).

As for the series 40s, the youngest one was delivered to JAL on 27/01/82. However, I don't recall NW ever getting any -40s other than the ones that they ordered from the factory...but I could be wrong. The youngest -40 that was delivered to NW was delivered on 06/12/74, so these are quite a bit older.



User currently offlineOerk From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 162 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 7084 times:

I disagree about being able to easily tell how old the NW DC-10s are. I flew on two of their oldest examples and was hard pressed to imagine they were both built in 1974. The interior was clean and the seating comparable to any early 90s era Airbus or Boeing.

Then they power up the engines...  Smile thats when you realise this thing did not roll off the production line yesterday - that is, if you can hear yourself think.

And 1974 is new... I flew the second DC-10 built... that thing rolled off the line in 1970.


User currently offlineIsitsafenow From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4984 posts, RR: 23
Reply 14, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 7043 times:

OERK....The condition of the interior really does not mean how new the plane is as you have stated, and we know that also goes for "new" paint on the plane.
If you really want to know the age of any airliner, you need a source of manufacture date, perhaps a production book. Then have the registration number available you wish to seek in the book. Look up the number in the book and you will have the history of that plane.
In 1991 I was on UA N1802, since beer-canned...Check that manufacture date on that puppy!
safe



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User currently offlineIowa744fan From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 931 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 6846 times:

UA N1802, delivered to United on 29/07/71.

User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 18
Reply 16, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 6790 times:

those very old DC-10s have the same engines as the very newest ones.
Their original engines might have used more gas but the aircraft have been constantly upgraded and are now probably quite different from when they left the assembly line.

Same with the 30 year old 747-200s KLM retired last year. Those had also been constantly upgraded with new engines and avionics.



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User currently offlineOerk From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 162 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 6343 times:

I was talking about uninformed perceptions of the average traveller.... that was all. On one of the flights I was talking to an American lady who mentioned it was a shame that Northwest had not put TV's in the back of the seats when they got the plane.

She had no idea this was a 1974 piece of construction and that she was probably giving birth to her now 30 year old daughter when this plane was clocking its first flying hours.


User currently offlineBoeingPride800 From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 430 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 6317 times:

It just goes to show that the airlines that are still flying older airplanes have never had a problem with the older airplanes before, thats why airlines still fly them. And partly because they don't have the money to buy new aircraft or they don't have the aircraft to take over the flying route. EXAMPLES:


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User currently offlineBeechNut From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 731 posts, RR: 10
Reply 19, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 4760 times:

" None the less, age doesn't matter when it comes to aircraft.. Its all about the maintenance."

This is utter nonsense. Nothing is forever and increased age means increase aging aircraft checks, parts that on a newer aircraft would not have to be replaced, being replaced due to fatigue/corrosion, and at the end of the day, higher costs. It's not for nothing that aged aircraft are comparatively cheap on the market.

Another factor is that as an aircraft ages, it gains weight. Patches, repairs, modifications, etc. The weight creeps up. The result is felt on the bottom line: less useful load, higher fuel consumption, etc.

Air Canada looked into the possibility of rebuilding its DC-9s instead of going for A319s and concluded it was economically unfeasible.

And I speak from experience. I own a 25 year-old Beechcraft with over 10,000 hours on the airframe (high for a light aircraft). I bought it cheap, but in the knowledge that I would have to pour money into it over the long run.

For example, I have a minor corrosion problem with the aircraft floor that has to be fixed within a year or so if it's not to become a major problem. It's repairable though. It comes from people's wet shoes dripping onto the floor for 25 years.

Now, multiply the hours on my Beech by 80-100. Add the stress-strain of repeated cycles of takeoff, pressurization, and landing. Leaking lavs, fraying wires, and other issues. It should be obvious that age DOES matter, though I agree with fine maintenance, an elderly aircraft can be safe, but it won't be as cheap to maintain as a newer one. Up to the bean counters to determine if the cost of patching an older bird is more economical than leasing a new one. Different airlines have come to different conclusions with, for example, the DC-9 (AC and NW, and don't give me the "but AC is bankrupt so they're a bad example" crap, they're bankrupt under a mountain of debt from an unwise acquisition of Canadian).

Finally, even with the best of maintenance, tops and sides come do off aging aircraft (Aloha 737, United B747). No matter how consciencious the maintenance, the more problems there are, the more likely a crack here or a spot of corrosion there will be missed and result in an incident.

Used airliners are cheaper for a reason...

Mike


User currently offlineMHTMDW From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 139 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4709 times:

Tops and sides don't come off of Douglas built planes

User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 18
Reply 21, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4688 times:

This is utter nonsense. Nothing is forever and increased age means increase aging aircraft checks, parts that on a newer aircraft would not have to be replaced, being replaced due to fatigue/corrosion, and at the end of the day, higher costs. It's not for nothing that aged aircraft are comparatively cheap on the market.

So? That may make it more expensive to operate, it does NOT make it unsafe which is what the story is all about.

When and if NWA decides it's cheaper to dispose of them than to keep them flying they no doubt will, but that point hasn't been reached.

For some reason some people here seem to hold the fact that NWA doesn't replace their entire fleet every few years with the currently latest and greatest against them.
USAir did it, see where it got them.
So did United, see where it got them.

At the moment the DC-10s (and DC-9s) in NWA are cashcows. No interest payments, no lease payments, but they are providing income.
The higher maintenance cost compared with more modern aircraft will in time corrode that advantage at which point they'll start to be replaced with something new (the DC-10-40s are already going, being replaced with DC-10-30s which in turn are being replaced with A330s for example), the DC-9s will probably be next.
Do you blame NWA for not wanting to take out massive bankloans in the current economic climate and purchase several hundred new aircraft (with associated training, workshops, etc. etc.) all at once but introducing them at a slow deliberate pace?



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User currently offlineGreasespot From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 3087 posts, RR: 20
Reply 22, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4668 times:

Ummmm no they are not.....When it comes to engines the first one is pretty much the same as the last one off the line. There are service bulletins and A/D's incorporated but that is it. A 1989 engine will burn the same gas as a 1973 model. remember though that 1973 model is not really a 1973 model. Other than the outer case pretty much every part will have been changed out as the disks Time ex.

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User currently offlineSpacepope From Vatican City, joined exactly 15 years ago today! , 2994 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 4614 times:

I was searching through the FAA SDRs today for NW DC-10s, and their fleet is varied in hours. One airframe this year had 123,000 hours on it, others had as little as 30,000 hours.


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User currently offlineLeelaw From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 4444 times:

NWA is arguably in the best health of all the legacies. The DC-10s will probably be gone before the DC-9s (given the arrival of the balance of A330s in the next couple of years). They're probably waiting to see if AirTran survives long-term to see if they can pickup 717s on the cheap before ordering new.  Big grin

25 Cbphoto : Well..I just got back from a tour of the NWA maintaining hanger here in MSP, and interestingly enough, the manager of the maintaining program said tha
26 Jcs17 : Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't these very old DC-10's gas guzzlers and thus hurting NW's bottom line? Why would they keep the "newer" DC-10's in
27 XFSUgimpLB41X : Actually..customers can't tell the age of an aircraft unless it is brand new and still smells it. I was sitting next to a lady on one of the oldest DC
28 Cessna172RG : Not trying to detract from the Northwest topic, but while staying on the DC-10 topic... JAL operates a fleet of DC-10-40s, and if memory serves, I bel
29 N801NW : On an IR conference call back in June, Doug Steenland mentioned the possibility of buying replacements for the retiring DC-10's and 742's. The key con
30 XFSUgimpLB41X : Speakin of the -40's...none of those are left in the fleet. The 757-300's were the replacement for those. The -40 had a lower takeoff weight and short
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