AA777LVR From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 260 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (8 years 6 months 16 hours ago) and read 16336 times:
Does anyone know when N234NW operated its last trip? I was on it on Thursday as it operated NW99 to HNL. I'd forgotten how attached I was to this plane as a young aviation (geek....LOL!!!) enthusiast. Does anyone know the agenda for their hand over to their new owners? Will they spend some time "resting" in the desert? Does anyone know the fate of the original -40's that they retired several years ago? Ahh...so many questions.
TVNWZ From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 2509 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (8 years 6 months 15 hours ago) and read 16267 times:
I saw it at the gate while taxing in this morning from MKE on my way to TUS. I tried to hustle over to the gate...but we were at the other end of the airport and when I got there...it was gone. Bummer.
TZTriStar500 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1474 posts, RR: 8
Reply 13, posted (8 years 6 months 13 hours ago) and read 15963 times:
Quoting AirTran737 (Reply 2): Fare well old girl. Hopefully you get a freighter conversion and can continue to patrol the friendly skies.
She's going to soldier on as a passenger bird with TZ for at least another 5 years.
Quoting AA777LVR (Reply 5): Does anyone know when N234NW operated its last trip? I was on it on Thursday as it operated NW99 to HNL. I'd forgotten how attached I was to this plane as a young aviation (geek....LOL!!!) enthusiast. Does anyone know the agenda for their hand over to their new owners? Will they spend some time "resting" in the desert?
N234NW should be headed to MZJ sometime soon for temporary storage until its delivery to TZ. TZ is acquiring N223, 224, 225, 226, 234, 235, 237, 241, 242NW and 226 is already in SAT to begin its heavy check soon. Most of the rest of these aircraft are in temporary storage at MZJ. We have taken delivery of 223 already as well. 226 (N701TZ) and 223 (N702TZ) will be the first 2 aircraft in-service in the May/June time span. The others will follow roughly in pairs throughout the balance of the year as they go through check and interior reconfigurations. Only 7 of the 9 airframes will be operational with the other used for cannibalization.
35 years of American Trans Air/ATA Airlines, 1973-2008. A great little airline that will not be soon forgotten.
DC10extender From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 617 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (8 years 6 months 13 hours ago) and read 15875 times:
I count myself lucky to have been able to fly on a DC-10. It was back in 1995 MSP-SFO. They were great planes. I will miss seeing them in the F and G Councourses at MSP. Wish I could have flown on one just one more time.
Did you ever read on your birth certificate that life is fair? Thats cause its not there.
Western727 From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 801 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (8 years 6 months 13 hours ago) and read 15787 times:
Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 16): So long, farewell, au revoir, auf wiedersehen. *DOOR SLAM* And don't come back!
Pardon my inquiry, but your signature suggests you live in the Twin Cities. If this is the case, do you think a fellow a.netter and I stand a chance to actually go to gate F10 to watch the arrival tomorrow morning if we buy a fully refundable ticket to somewhere nearby (i.e. Chicago)? Think that's a good strategy? I just called nwa and the agent said that as long as the ticket is walk-up and that I do NOT have the gate agent scan in my boarding pass, the full fare is indeed refundable.
Sounds way better to me than parking on Post Rd. or in the parking structure at Lindbergh.
AsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (8 years 6 months 12 hours ago) and read 15772 times:
Quoting Western727 (Reply 17): do you think a fellow a.netter and I stand a chance to actually go to gate F10 to watch the arrival tomorrow morning if we buy a fully refundable ticket to somewhere nearby (i.e. Chicago)?
It might work. I'd never do something like that. I just go to the top level of the short-term parking ramp.
You're right, it's indeed risky. I explained to the NWA rep on the phone that I'm an aviation buff and that I wanted to watch NW98 come in and park, and she laughed at me and said that the idea was indeed safe and only warned about not having the gate agent scan in my boarding pass, and that the refund would take up to 14 business days.
Come to think of it, businesspersons do it all the time: buy a walk-up fare, check-in and the doo-doo hits the fan at work, and the person's assistant tells him/her on the cell phone to come back to the office, and s/he then seeks a full refund before leaving the airport.
Your idea sure sounds safe and without risk indeed, but the thought of seeing the DC-10 far away at gate F10 as opposed to G4 or something, seems to make the ramp a not-so-attractive option....what do you think?
Mohavewolfpup From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (8 years 6 months 11 hours ago) and read 15250 times:
Quoting Contrails (Reply 21): I wonder if an earlier generation felt this way when the big propliners were replaced by jets?
depends who you ask. since alot of propliners had issues with the engines and alot of scary close calls or frame losses, I bet it was bitter sweet for alot when jet engines took over. kind of a love/hate relationship.