NWAESC From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 3490 posts, RR: 9 Posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 16130 times:
From the NWA employee website:
"Northwest to Retire Last 747-200 From Scheduled Passenger Service
On September 12, Northwest's last 747-200 in scheduled passenger service will begin its retirement routing as NW8, departing Narita for Seattle, and then continuing as NW170 from Seattle to Minneapolis/St. Paul.
"The 747-200 was the mainstay of our international fleet, particularly in the Pacific for several decades," said Captain Lane Littrell, NWA's fleet training captain on the -200. "It has served our passengers and our company well and many of us who have flown it, worked in its cabin or maintained it have a soft spot for it. We'll miss it even as we appreciate the improvements provided by the new generations of A330s and 747-400s."
Northwest began flying the 747-200 in 1975, when the airline took its first delivery of the new model jumbo jet. Northwest's 747-200 passenger fleet peaked in size at 22 aircraft in 1997.
During their 32 years of service, Northwest's 747-200s completed more than 320,000 flights and traveled more than 1 billion miles. Two 747-200s will continue to operate for Northwest as charter aircraft. "
"Nothing ever happens here, " I said. "I just wait."
AA767LOVER From Hong Kong, joined Aug 2007, 609 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 16079 times:
I'm gonna miss them! They are really good planes! I'm glad I had a chance to fly it last year from NRT-HKG and v.v.
On the way there, I remember that WBC was EMPTY!! Whoa!! so strange and yet so sad. Being a Silver Elite, the FA asked his supervisor and his supervisor allowed me to go to WBC seats (offered as an extension to Coach). It was a great change from the DTW-NRT flight I just got off of.
I have a 742 from DW in the new colors. It looks real sharp.
J.I. Tsui, American Advantage Member, United Mileage Plus (Premier)
Crownvic From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2314 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 15669 times:
For those of us lucky enough to experience the great rides in these classics, the upper deck was the best kept secret. Despite the lousy windows, NWA never changed the MASSIVE seat pitch from the old First Class days, which limited seating to just 12 passengers. It was having your own private jet!
M404 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2257 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 15521 times:
$742 RT! Amazing. Just think what that same routing would have cost in equivelant dollars when the -200 first flew them. It's no wonder the airlines have to have every inch crammed to make a few bucks today.
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Gunsontheroof From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3542 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 15454 times:
Quoting M404 (Reply 11): $742 RT! Amazing. Just think what that same routing would have cost in equivelant dollars when the -200 first flew them. It's no wonder the airlines have to have every inch crammed to make a few bucks today.
I think a lot that price is because it's only a few days from now. There are a few SEA-MSP flights that day that are going for $250ish.
I was going to mention also that this is a great final flight for the NW742. NRT has seen these birds since just about day one, it was born near SEA (which was also a busy NW742 station for many years), and MSP is home. Good show!
Burnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7906 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 15172 times:
The remaining two 742 pax aircraft will remain in service till after the big charter season. A 742 is coming to FAR today from IAD, if anyone cares it departs IAD at 6:00pm. The aircraft that is coming to FAR has been back in the states for quite sometime now.
Quoting MP (Reply 16): I'm wondering what's the registration of the A/C. Today I saw a NW B747-200 parked at the maintenance area in NRT, this time it was the only PAX -200 of NW at NRT. Possibly the the aircraft you meant.
N624US. Fleet number (the number NWA uses internally) is 6624. This is the 4 digit number you can see right by the nose gear.
[Edited 2007-09-08 20:51:21]
"Nothing ever happens here, " I said. "I just wait."
Boeing743 From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 406 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 14207 times:
I thought all of variety of 747 series has been gone just for many 747-400 that are frequently and popular use all over world. I has been lucky to see few 747-400 at DTW when I have layover there in 2003. They look big and massive mother ship of all.
FlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 13
Reply 21, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 12738 times:
Beechnut...it's not just the football players needing a big aircraft. The support staff comes along as well. Look at all the folks working on the sidelines at an NFL game. Plus you have equipment to lug around as well.
Slightly off-topic here, but which 2 742s is NW planning on retaining for charter & military flights?
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DeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 9022 posts, RR: 11
Reply 22, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 12625 times:
Quoting BeechNut (Reply 20): Why does a football team need a 747 to get around in??? Or is it the same reason a soccer mom needs a Hummer?
Plus, at least for college football, you often have the football team (100 players), plus coaches, support staff, cheerleaders and the band on board. You can easily fill a 747 with a college football team.
SKY1 From Spain, joined Apr 2006, 885 posts, RR: 3
Reply 23, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 12549 times:
Quoting Crownvic (Reply 9): For those of us lucky enough to experience the great rides in these classics, the upper deck was the best kept secret. Despite the lousy windows, NWA never changed the MASSIVE seat pitch from the old First Class days, which limited seating to just 12 passengers. It was having your own private jet!
IB also had only 12 seats in their 747-200 upper deck, and just like you say with a massive seat pitch. I remember vaguely a MAD-YUL flight in the B742's upper deck when I was 9 years old or so. I will never forget such seat picht and that flight.
The Spanish charter carrier, Air Pullmantur has right now a 747-200 from AF (to be retired next January) which has Economy Class in the upper deck, with 24 seats. It can be one of the last 747 Classic operated by an European airline at the moment.
No doubt, the -200 series of the Boeing 747 have made history in the aviation business and offering a reliable service to hundreds of airlines, during the seventies, eighties and nineties. IB have always been very happy with them.