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User currently offlineFlynavy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (11 years 7 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2119 times:

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This is a pretty rare picture, eh? I'd never seen a 727-51 in NW's 1990's scheme until I found this picture at IND. How many -51's did they have at this time, and how many other aircraft in their fleet at that time made it into these colors? When did these -51's finally leave the fleet? Interesting also how the KLM/NW alliance icon is missing, though I'm sure they weren't in partnership yet...

Just curious.

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User currently offlineJano From Slovakia, joined Jan 2004, 837 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (11 years 7 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2087 times:

Per http://www.nwa.com/corpinfo/upclose/1990.shtml

January 11 The U.S. Department of Transportation approves the Northwest/KLM commercial cooperation and integration agreement under a grant of antitrust immunity. KLM and Northwest now are free to join together in creating a unified global airline system, the first of its kind in the world.

January 20 Northwest and KLM announce first major steps toward integrating operations, including creation of a "Seal of Partnership" logo.

March 16 Northwest and KLM begin to expand code-share service to more than 30 Northwest destinations in North America and more than 30 KLM destinations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

April 13 Northwest and KLM coordinate their frequent flier plans, creating the most expansive free travel program in the airline industry.

So, the logo couldn't be there on that B727 in 1971 when that photo was taken.

The Widget Air Line :)
User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12341 posts, RR: 45
Reply 2, posted (11 years 7 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2067 times:
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I flew one of that model once with NW and it was after the merger of NW and RC, I believe it was in the old color scheme, the one prior to the one pictured, and the inside were some crazy colors let me tell you...

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User currently offlineFlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (11 years 7 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2034 times:

From what I could determined, the last NW 727-051, N461US, left the fleet in Sept of 1992. Here's a link to my source. Regards.

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User currently offlineJetjeanes From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1455 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (11 years 7 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1899 times:

When did that tail livery come out,i thought it was after these were gone,or if not it had to be fairly new, i wonder why they even bothered with that tail livery for such a short time,,,I think there may still be 10,s still out there that need the livery or recently got them,,,they were just plane red for years after this a/c

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User currently offlineJetjack74 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 7515 posts, RR: 49
Reply 5, posted (11 years 7 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1842 times:
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The standard 727's were being phased outin the early 90's. The re wre about 10 in the fleet when the new colors were applied. Only one or two in the fleet when the new scheme was being painted on the fleet. They weren't in the fleet too long after that picture was taken

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