Patches From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 297 posts, RR: 0 Posted (14 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 1143 times:
Why has'nt NWA ever considered buying the 767-300? every other major has had them for years. and they all love them. They would have fit in real nicely with there highly traveled domestic routes. MSP-LAX. DET-SEA. etc. With all the 757's they have the pilots would already be trained to fly the 767. The 767 is such a great plane, I could never understand why NW has never had any of them.
Patches From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 297 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (14 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1037 times:
Does anybody have any ideas why NW has never purchased any 767-300? Like I was saying before, all the majors have them. United, American, Delta, Continental, US AIR. Who am I missing for US carriers? Will 767 ever be looked at by NW?
Mbmbos From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2655 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (14 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 992 times:
I suspect that it has to do with timing.
Several years back (early nineties?), Northwest committed to refurbishing/retrofitting their existing fleet in lieu of purchasing new aircraft. If you'll remember, Northwest had some pretty severe balance sheet problems during the Cecchi regime.
Now, they are in a situation where they know they will have to retire their DC-10s within the next few years. Today the 763 must compete with the A330 and 777. Given NW's success with DC-10 on European routes, and given the capacity of the DC-10, the A330 or 777 might make more sense.