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Who Flew DTW-SEA Nonstop In Early 80's?  
User currently offlineThestooges From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2655 times:

While quizzing my family about the flights I had taken when I was a kid I found out that I had flown round trip from DTW-SEA probably around 1983-1984. They are pretty sure that it was a non-stop flight and most likely would have been on Northwest. The only other airline I can think of is possibly Republic. Would anyone be able to shed light on what airline it could have been and what equipment they would have used.

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User currently offlineTAN FLYR From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 1983 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2583 times:

While I do not have the link to a web site of old timetables on this computer, I would give you my best guess based on what NW operated at the time would be probably a mix of DC-10's and 727's. There could have been a 747 in the schedule , perhaps on a seasonal basis, or as an occasional routing thru SEA to Tokyo.

But my bet is on DC-10's and 727's. IF RC flew it from DTW it would have had to had been with the 727-200's as I don't think they had the 757's yet in 83.

Perhaps one of the NW/ RC folks on here from DTW can shed more light.

User currently offlineN702ML From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2574 times:

I pulled out my Northwest timetables beginning with February 1, 1980....

I looked through 13 different NW timetables ranging from 1980 to 1985 and finally came across the first nonstop DTW-SEA service in the June 6, 1985 timetable.

(The April 28, 1985 timetable did NOT have this service, so it must have begun on or around June 6, 1985.)

NW flight 49
Depart 8:10pm
Arrive 9:30pm

NW flight 48
Depart 7:40am
Arrive 2:30pm

Looking through Republic's timetables....

The April 28, 1985 timetable shows the launch of nonstops between DTW and SEA beginning June 1, 1985:

RC flight 769
Depart 7:00pm
Arrive 8:50pm

RC flight 750
Depart 7:45am
Arrive 3:05pm

Checking out the July 1, 1983 OAG...i don't see any nonstops between DTW and SEA:



Also looking at the July 1, 1984 OAG....No nonstops between SEA and DTW.

User currently offlineThestooges From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2455 times:

I'm pretty sure that I would have taken the flight prior to 1985 so it must have been with a stop somewhere. My older brother said something about maybe Minneapolis and if I look at the timetables of Northwest and Republic prior to that year it shows on the route maps that the only way to have travelled between Detroit and Seattle would have indeed been though that city.

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