Stretch 8 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2568 posts, RR: 16 Posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 5753 times:
Today's Detroit Free Press reproted that Northwest would be adding DTW, MSP, and Seattle on direct N/S routes to LHR next year. Equipment will be A330s.
The story also mentions that BA is dropping DTW-LHR in March 2008. Sad to see that; BA and BOAC operated that route for almost 40 years. My first trip overseas as a lad was with my father on a BOAC Super VC-10. Later, we made the trip on the then-new 747 "Jumbo Jet." At that time, only BOAC and Pan American flew overseas from DTW. End of an era.
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during the summers leading up to 2005 it was a 772. It used to be a fairly common sight over my house.
It is unfortunate to no longer see my favorite plane here, but at least KL came very close to operating one here when they decided to return and might do so in the future (any day, KL). Afterall, BA's departure didn't surprise us.
Only time it was a T7 was for things like the auto show..
For people who look at Air Force planes, all airliners look the same. 767s and 777s are just big 737s.
BA cannot make DTW work, when it is the main hub for NW. Detroit people who want to connect to Europe can do it in Amsterdam, which is nicer than changing terminals at Heathrow on BA (until T5 opens.)
Do Star and Oneworld have many Frequent Flyers in the Detroit region? Do Detroit people still connect onto BA at gateway airports? - New York, Boston, Washington? If people from Detroit really like BA's inflight product that much they will still do connection.
I imaginge NW will want to build DTW-LHR up to better than daily frequency as slots become available. 0850 is a very early time to depart LHR. Good luck getting out to Heathrow for the Check In time.
Quoting Indy (Reply 5): Where is NW getting all this equipment? Are they cutting some of the AMS flights to start this?
They have some slack, it would explain a bit why the 744 is returning to AMS next summer.
Quoting San747 (Reply 10): OK, OK, my bad. Wasn't it at any point operated by a 777?
yes and even at one time it was operated by a 744.
Quoting Alangirvan (Reply 12): I imaginge NW will want to build DTW-LHR up to better than daily frequency as slots become available. 0850 is a very early time to depart LHR. Good luck getting out to Heathrow for the Check In time.
Unfortunately it wasn't their choice. KLM had those slots and gave them to NW, the sharing revenue was nothing new as NW and KL already do so on TATL flights. The DTW departure i will say would suck, but the Seattle and Minneapolis flights are nice as it gives you a good portion of the day still. Interesting to note that the Seattle flight doesn't even leave Seattle until 10:05 pm (10:55 on Fridays) and arrives LHR at 4:15 pm (5:05 on Saturdays). Have fun adjusting your body clock to that!
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LHboyatDTW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks ago) and read 4475 times:
Quoting Alangirvan (Reply 12): Do Star and Oneworld have many Frequent Flyers in the Detroit region?
Oneworld does not seem to have too much of a reputation here, but seeing how successful LH is here, I'm sure they have some brand recognition in the area.
Quoting Alangirvan (Reply 12): Do Detroit people still connect onto BA at gateway airports? - JFK/EWR, BOS, ORD, or IAD? If people from Detroit really like BA's inflight product that much they will still do a connection.
I guess they would. However most of the people I know that go to Europe from here fly on AF or NW and occasionally LH.