Carpethead From Japan, joined Aug 2004, 2919 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (7 years 11 months 4 hours ago) and read 2301 times:
Not sure of the flight number but it was always operated buy a 742. I have taken that flight a few times in the 1980s as they were the only ones with non-stop ORD-Japan service back then.
Back in the 80s & even early 90s, the 742 that arrived at ORD flew back to MSP (must have been a fairly light load!). I believe the flight number continued onto Boston on a 727.
Jsnww81 From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1994 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (7 years 11 months 3 hours ago) and read 2272 times:
I have a photo from 1997 of the Northwest 747-200 parked at the last gate on Concourse E of ORD's Terminal 2. The Narita flight departed from T2 but like all international flights, arrived into T5.
I believe the service was canceled around 2000 or 2001. For several years the last jetway on Concourse E was left in the high position used for 747s; only recently has it been lowered to accommodate A320 and DC9 aircraft. Northwest still has signs in the T2 ticket lobby for "Tokyo Check-in" and "Manila Check-in."
Centrair From Japan, joined Jan 2005, 3598 posts, RR: 21
Reply 5, posted (7 years 11 months 2 hours ago) and read 2217 times:
Quoting Mats (Reply 2): The flight actually continued from Narita on to Seoul/Kimpo.
I changed planes at NRT. Bought an over priced cup of coffee. And got on a flight to Kai Tak (great memory sitting next to some Japanese girls who tried to speak English with me but who got scared after I described the landing into Kai Tak). Flew in China on China southern and China Northwest (scary). Then flew from old SHA to NRT. Change planes and back to ORD.
The plane from SHA to NRT was brand-new or at least is felt brand new.
Yes...I am not a KIX fan. Let's Japanese Aviation!
Redtailmsp From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 206 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (7 years 11 months 2 hours ago) and read 2210 times:
The flight was always operated by a -200. It flew down from MSP at 8am every morning and departed as NWA3 - but from memory, I think the flight number changed to NWA5 towards the end. Return from NRT was NWA4 - but they changed it to NWA6 because of a Japanese superstition about the number 4. (Today, the Saturday extra flight from MSP is numbered NWA3 to NRT and NWA14 from NRT). The aircraft would then fly back to MSP at 5pm. The service ended at the end of Febuary 1996.