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Last NWA 747-200 Pax Service On 9/12  
User currently offlineNWAESC From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 3403 posts, RR: 9
Posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 14608 times:

From the NWA employee website:


"Northwest to Retire Last 747-200 From Scheduled Passenger Service
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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."
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User currently offlineMCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8690 posts, RR: 16
Reply 1, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 14568 times:

I hope all goes well and pray they find new life with other airlines. May they rest in peace for those that see the scrapper. Out of curiosity, how many crews do they have for the 200's?

Hunter



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User currently offlineAA767LOVER From Hong Kong, joined Aug 2007, 609 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 14557 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)
User currently offlineSea2Pdx From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 70 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 14552 times:

Dang, and that's my day off too! I'll bet I wouldn't have any problem getting a seat on that thing, although returning in the same day would be a huge issue. One can dream  Smile

User currently offlineRampkontroler From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 859 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 14546 times:

That's the way it goes...I knew the time was coming up pretty quick, which is why I was so happy to see this one in Cleveland a couple weeks ago on a sports charter:

http://www.opshots.net/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-5548

http://www.opshots.net/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-5539

http://www.opshots.net/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-5540


User currently offlineAA767LOVER From Hong Kong, joined Aug 2007, 609 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 14516 times:

AAAAAARGGHHH!! I'll miss it by a month! I'll be on NW 8 from NRT-SEA on Oct. 15th with a 332!!!!
Oh brother! I can only do with a fantasy airport now, with my NW 742 from DW.



J.I. Tsui, American Advantage Member, United Mileage Plus (Premier)
User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9210 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 14516 times:

So they are keeping 2 of them???? For what charter service?

User currently offlineNWAESC From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 3403 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 14497 times:

Quoting United Airline (Reply 6):
So they are keeping 2 of them???? For what charter service?

Best guess would be either military or NFL charters...or both...



"Nothing ever happens here, " I said. "I just wait."
User currently offlineRampkontroler From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 859 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 14443 times:

So they WILL keep two flying for charters then? That's good to know...so maybe my last time seeing one wasn't my LAST time seeing one!  Smile

User currently offlineCrownvic From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1954 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 14147 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!

User currently offlineGunsontheroof From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3509 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 14071 times:

Wow...right when I'm done with school too. I'd love to get a seat on that flight, too bad round trip tix are going for $742...


Next Flight: 9/17 BFI-BFI
User currently offlineM404 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2230 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 13999 times:
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$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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User currently offlineGunsontheroof From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3509 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 13932 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!



Next Flight: 9/17 BFI-BFI
User currently offlineNWAESC From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 3403 posts, RR: 9
Reply 13, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 13743 times:

FWIW, the A/C is fleet number 6624. Registration number N624US. It's been in NRT since the 3rd, when it flew in from SPN.....


"Nothing ever happens here, " I said. "I just wait."
User currently offlineBurnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7564 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 13650 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.


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User currently offlineFalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6162 posts, RR: 29
Reply 15, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 13401 times:
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How many 742s does NW have in the freighter fleet?


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User currently offlineMP From Germany, joined Aug 2006, 63 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 13258 times:

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.

User currently offlineNWAESC From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 3403 posts, RR: 9
Reply 17, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 12957 times:

Quoting Falstaff (Reply 15):
How many 742s does NW have in the freighter fleet?

There are 14 freighters in the fleet.

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."
User currently offlineBoeing743 From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 406 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 12685 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.

User currently offlineD10RK From France, joined Dec 1999, 243 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 12321 times:

Hi !

Nwa used the 747-200 pax during August on the last service is NRT to SPN, ending the 31st of AUG.

NRT to GUM in 742 was ended the 31st of JUN replaced by a 744.

We were on one of the last flight the 21st of July from NRT to SPN, ship N623US.

trip report here :

http://airlinesstaff.free.fr/html/742NW_Saipan.htm

Philippe


User currently offlineBeechNut From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 730 posts, RR: 10
Reply 20, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 11240 times:

Why does a football team need a 747 to get around in??? Or is it the same reason a soccer mom needs a Hummer?

Beech


User currently offlineFlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 14
Reply 21, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 11216 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?
Regards.



"Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." --Ben Franklin
User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8913 posts, RR: 12
Reply 22, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 11103 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.


User currently offlineSKY1 From Spain, joined Apr 2006, 879 posts, RR: 4
Reply 23, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 11027 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!

absolutely!

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.


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User currently offlineNorthwestEWR From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 484 posts, RR: 3
Reply 24, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 10958 times:

Anyone else going to be on the SEA-MSP leg ?

Just booked my ticket ! Super excited !!



ARJ 319 320 333 717 733 735 73G 738 739 742 752 753 762 772 CRJ CR9 ER3 ERJ FRJ J31 J41 D9S D94 D95 M81 M82 M88
25 Michman : Are you in first or coach? I bought a roundtrip in coach from CMH today for $190.50 (thanks Skybus), but I'm thinking of canceling it and blowing 70,0
26 Post contains images NorthwestEWR : Unfortunately I'm back in coach. I don't have the miles to go upstairs.
27 ATLAaron : Ironic. Last 742 flight going for $742.
28 NWAESC : Exactly. Also, a lot of these flights have alumni and/or boosters on them as well. I'll take a look when I get in to work today and post them here if
29 Michman : If you're coming from SEA, you can continue on to CMH and then return on the 13th. That will drop the price to $189.50.
30 Burnsie28 : Correction it operated on September 1. NW offers upgrades from typical 752/753 flights to 742, A333 service of which the teams typically will upgrade
31 Post contains images N808NW : Ive got my seats on flight 171 from MSP on a A333 leaving at 9:20am on wed, and then turning right around on 170. ill be in Y. -Jason
32 Post contains images NorthwestEWR : I wonder how many people are doing just that ? Everyone gets off 171 and goes straight over to 170.
33 DesertFlyer : What a waste. Anyways, the 742 is a great airplane and it's sad to see them finally gone from any US airlines PAX fleet.
34 Thezipper : I'm doing DCA-MSP-SEA and back... booked Y on the outbound and F on the return... got my favorite seat on the upper deck! Do we need a sign so we can
35 Ejapilot : I've got my ticket on the upper deck also, cashed in some Delta miles to get there (BOS-JFK-ATL-SEA) cheaper to do that in F than in coach, go figure.
36 Simairlinenet : N623US took off from MSP twenty minutes ago. Not sure where to, but I'll check when I can.
37 Gunsontheroof : That totally went over my head when I typed that. Nice! I'll probably be around to see the bird off. I really wish I had the funds to get a seat on t
38 Transpac787 : For those of you planning to take the last flight, NW170, just know that it's already oversold. So, get your seat assignment ASAP. Also, it's sold to
39 Burnsie28 : Yep its 30/30 and 407/400. They are going to sell up to 465 seats in back (thats what they are authorized to sell) needless to say, no non-revs will b
40 Post contains links NorthwestEWR : Looks like she's on her way to AMS - http://flightaware.com/live/flight/NWA9816
41 Positiverate : " target=_blank>http://flightaware.com/live/flight/N...A9816 Charter perhaps?
42 Post contains images N231YE : You have to rub it in...I couldn't make it to CLE to see the 742 land
43 MP : Thanks alot for the info. I'm pretty sure that this was the designated a/c. Well, I couldn't take any pictures, but I'm sure it was the a/c, parked a
44 NWAESC : 6623 has been running military charters...Usually, they run (insert an AFB or NWA hub here)-AMS-KWI, then return back through AMS. For those of you i
45 Thezipper : If anyone is interested, IM me and let me know if you want a "Flight Certificate" signed by the Captain... I'm making them up similar to what I did fo
46 Post contains images N808NW : Sure! ill take one. I will also try to make a sign to hold up so we can all meet up. or ill have an agent make an announcement. if you are flying out
47 Post contains images Dazed767 : Well??? How was it?!? Trip reports people (with pics! )
48 Post contains links NorthwestEWR : It was incredible !!! Although the landing in MSP was the hardest I've ever been in, see : http://wcco.com/video/?id=31142@wcco.dayport.com Working on
49 Redtailmsp : It landed on rwy 17 in MSP in beautifully clear conditions on a perfect evening in MSP. This is the north end of the new runway 17/35 that is normally
50 CRJ200FAGuy : Did it park on the end of the F concourse? I taxied by and was at first confused that a 747-200 was parked so far from customs. Then logic kicked in a
51 NorthwestEWR : Yep, it parked at gate F14.
52 AlexPorter : " target=_blank>http://wcco.com/video/?id=31142@wcco...t.com They didn't do a super job of covering it (although the filming was fine) - he didn't men
53 Post contains links Thezipper : Just a quick note... I had a GREAT time on the flight... I flew from DCA-MSP-SEA on an award ticket. Thanks to N808NW as he told me about N819NW, the
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