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User currently offlineUnited777 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1657 posts, RR: 0
Posted (16 years 11 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 2466 times:

Does Northwest Airlines have any plans to retire any of it's 747-100, 747-200, DC-9 and 727-200 aircraft? It seems like all U.S airlines are getting new aircraft and changing there fleet except Northwest Airlines. I know Northwest Airlines has some 747-400, 757-200, A319, A320 and A330-300 aircraft on order but there fleet is still old and NWA is planning to get more used DC-10 aircraft into it's fleet. Why doesn't Northwest Airlines just order the MD-11 or order more A330-300's?

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User currently offlineCor_18 From Canada, joined May 1999, 40 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (16 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2461 times:

If Northwest is going to purchase MD11's it won't be before 2005. Nortwest is planning to purchase16 new Airbus A330's between 2004-2005. They are ordering 4 747-400's which they have enough of, and 37 757-200's. 20 Airbus A320-200's in 1999. Other planes such as the MD11's won't be ordreed before 2005.

User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8653 posts, RR: 53
Reply 2, posted (16 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2461 times:

No-one's going to buy MD11s for passenger use, for me the final seal of disapproval on an aircraft that was always a bit dodgy (fuel burn, software, low speed instability, China Eastern incident, FedEx crash) was the Swissair fire.

Northwest are like a jet-age version of Save-A-Connie, aren't they? Preserving (kind of) all these old planes, DC9-30s and 747-100s. MEA of Lebanon probably attracted a few joyriders (myself included) because of their mint-condition passenger 707s (finally retired last year in favour of spiffy A320/321s, boo hoo). That leaves Northwest as the airline to go on if you want to ride on museum pieces (and be stranded for three days in Detroit, or open your barf-bag to use for trash and find it full of - yep this happened to me, BOS-LGW 747 Jan 93 - barf.)

fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
User currently offlineCanadian From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (16 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2461 times:

Yup, NWA has North America's oldest fleet. It's also got the world's largest fleet of DC-9's. Come on, NWA. If there's going to be a DC-3 of the 21st century, you can bet it will be in passenger service with NWA.

User currently offlineC-GAGN From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (16 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2461 times:

I wouldn't be suprised if Northwest flies the DC-9 into Winnipeg for another 20 years. Oh well, I don't fly them anyway.

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