No way. It just doesn't have the legs. Further, I understand that FCO is a leisure-oriented (read: low yield) market from the United States, meaning that the more Y seats, the better. Hence, the A330-300 (which did indeed fly the route before it was cut) would be the most suitable aircraft in NWA's current fleet. I don't see them adding the route back for Summer 2007, however they have recently announced new European service, so there may be hope yet.
No that isn't correct. It is 12 -300's and 10 -200's N801NW-N812NW for the 300's and N851NW-N860NW are currently in the fleet. N860NW (series 200) was deliverred in late September and N812NW (series 300) was delivered last week.
NASCARAirforce From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3187 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 4367 times:
Quoting MEACEDAR (Reply 11): Didn't Alitalia fly DTW-FCO? If not, then I think Alitalia may open this route instead of NW and they can codeshare
Yeah briefly in the late 1980s as a weekend charter, and also as cargo bringing in Cadillac Alantes.
They had a codeshare around 2000 when they were briefly a part of the "Wings Alliance", but it was always NW out of DTW.
Probably if they wanted to open up a DTW-FCO route year round, it would need to be done with Alitalia since it would only fill a 767-300 until Northwest gets the 787s. I know the DC-10s were filled in the summer, but I doubt they would do well in the winter.
Jetjack74 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 7484 posts, RR: 48
Reply 13, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 4353 times:
Quoting Nycfly75 (Reply 10): Look at this updated NW European Network Map (with new services to BRU and DUS announced 2 weeks ago). There is FCO too!
As well as the BDL-AMS
Quoting Nycfly75 (Thread starter): Just wondering given the popularity of US-Italy routes this past summer, would NW reopen DTW-FCO next summer??
We will most likely restart the DTW-FCO next summer. It was cancelled for this summer because of a shortage of A330's with the 4th AMS. But the A330 pilots i've flown with(including the ones on the BOM-AMS leg earlier today) do believe that FCO will be back next summer if the current A330 delivery schedule stays on track. We'll see.