The actual routings of individual a/c may change, I listed them this way for ease of comprehension. It appears there is lots of slack in the 333 schedule at this point. In March/April when the spring schedule starts, at this point it appears that 19 are scheduled leaving 2 spares. IMO there will be a new route announcement with a 333 (hoping for MSP-CDG) leaving one spare for the summer.
Azjubilee From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 3630 posts, RR: 29 Reply 3, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1645 times:
Yup, the last of the 333 deliveries have been going to the Pacific network. Since the 742 has been retired from passenger service something was needed for replacement for the NRT-GUM/SPN beach markets. Also, HNL-KIX and one of the HNL-NRT flights have been downgaged from 744s to the 333s. Interesting, in November one of the SEA-HNL 753 flights is being upgaged to the 333! When this starts, HN-KIX is retimed and therefore HNL-NRT/KIX/SEA can be juggled using 3 aircraft as opposed to KIX being left to be operated by only the MSP inbound into HNL.
To me, the biggest questions are... where will the last remaining 333s fly to? And... where are all the 744s going to go now that is seems NWA got snubbed for the latest China route authorities. I was hoping for a refurb, but it seems that isn't even going to happen. I digress... after all this is a thread about the beautiful 330s!
Burnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7479 posts, RR: 9 Reply 4, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1601 times:
Quoting Azjubilee (Reply 1): IMO there will be a new route announcement with a 333 (hoping for MSP-CDG) leaving one spare for the summer.
They don't have enough planes IMO, I wish they would re-introduce FCO and start the extra India route they were supposed to operate before pulling it the day before it started and starting the MAD service that they had also planned.
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Azjubilee From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 3630 posts, RR: 29 Reply 5, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1579 times:
I agree... they have enough planes to fly the schedule as I've outlined above, but they could use more. That was all based on what we can view in todays schedule. This could obviously change after the spring schedule are confirmed and new routes, if any are announced. Unfortunately MSP and DTW will never be EWR/JFK and therefore we will not see NWA a big playa in the trans atlantic like DL and CO are. Instead JVs will be used and they'll fill in the niche markets from their strong cities with their own metal. As always, the bean counters and analysts know what works financially and realistically for them and those of us on the outside can only speculate.
Azjubilee From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 3630 posts, RR: 29 Reply 7, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1430 times:
Unless they plan on operating with 2 spares, I agree the routes will be status quo and the ones that have been announced. I still believe one of the routes in the fall announcement for new service will include a 333 route in addition to the 757A routes.