BH346 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3265 posts, RR: 15 Posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 2237 times:
Northwest's 747-200s are aging, and Northwest will need to find a replacement soon. Is Northwest looking at planes such as the A340 or possibly the 777-300? When Northwest's fleet renewal plan finish up, there will be a large gap between the A330-300 and 747-400(Assuming they will get rid of the 747-200 by this time) This new plane would probably be used for some Pacific Routes and maybe some Atlantic routes.
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Azjubilee From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 3629 posts, RR: 29 Reply 4, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2062 times:
NW operates some of the newst 747-200s out there, so I doubt there is a plan for replacement right away. When that does happen, it will probably be the 747-400 as previously mentioned. As for the concern of them being too big? That's whole reason they fly them! They fill them on their cash cow flights to Asia. The 744 is already in service for NW on the intra asia flights.
Superfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39408 posts, RR: 76 Reply 5, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2051 times:
Isn't the A330 & A340 the same plane?
One with 2 engines and one with 4 engines the only difference.
I hope they stick with the 747s.
If they consider anything smaller, I would hope they would go with the A340.
There are no US A340 operators yet and I wish one would start!
It is such a beautiful aircraft and it would look great in the Northwest livery.
BH346 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3265 posts, RR: 15 Reply 8, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2026 times:
I usually hope for Boeing when it came to Northwest finding widebody replacements, but I'd like to see some diversity for a US airline and I hope they get the A340-600. I, too, would like to see an A340 operator in the USA. I really doubt the 777 series will be in the Northwest fleet becauase NWA has the A320 family and the A330, so don't worry.
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Na From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10047 posts, RR: 11 Reply 10, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2005 times:
NWs official statement is that there are no plans to retire the huge 747 classic fleet. Half of them are anyway less than 20 years old so NW is in no hurry. The majority of the DC-10-fleet is older. You can still expect some Classics by the end of this decade in Northwest´s fleet.
I guess that they will be replaced slowly with 747-400s and later with a mix of 747X and A340s. The 777 would be the odd one out and is very unlikely.
United Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9034 posts, RR: 16 Reply 11, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2004 times:
They have so many B 747-200s but only about 18 B 747-400s.
I think they should replace the B 742s with B 747-400s. Why? Coz the B 747-200s are being used on ultra-long haul flights with high capacity as well. Therefore, that would be an ideal replacement for the B 747-200s
RayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 7860 posts, RR: 5 Reply 13, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1959 times:
I think NW has two ways to go in regards to replacing their 747-200 fleet.
They could buy the 747-400, but I think NW may be looking at the 747-400ER and possibly buy as many as 20-25 planes over a four year period.
It's also logical that NW seriously consider the A340-600, too. After all, NW pilots that will be qualified to fly the A330-300 will be able to be qualified on the A340-600 with only a few day's familiarization in a simulator given the near-identical setup of the A330 and A340 cockpits. Also, gate handling facilities that will be used for the A333 will easily apply to the A346, too. Again, this could be a 20-25 plane order.
TEDSKI From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 14, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1940 times:
If Airbus offers to NW a P&W 4000 series engine on the A340-500/600, they will order it. With the P&W 4000 series engine on the A340-500/600, it will share cockpit and engine commonality with Northwest's A330s. If NW goes for the 777 they will order the 200ER model with the P&W 4000 series to share engine commonality with their A330s and 747-400s.
DatamanA340 From South Korea, joined Dec 2000, 547 posts, RR: 0 Reply 15, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1926 times:
When I was waiting for boarding of KE002 in Narita, I saw very bizarre scene! 4 NW jumbo parked by terminal 1, one another was on remote apron, the 6th was taking off, just next another landed! None of them was -400, it's very contrast that I'd seen 7 UA -400s at that time.
Nwa747-400 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1337 posts, RR: 5 Reply 16, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1926 times:
Explain to me why that is so strange?
Is it because United decided to retire the 747-200s a few years earlier than NW did? Let's not forget that UA is a much bigger airline and has a lot more money to order all those brand new 747-400s with.
Raggi From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 972 posts, RR: 1 Reply 18, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1897 times:
Many here highlight the commonality the A346 would have with the A333s.
If they go with the 744 or 744ER as their 742 replacement instead of the A346, those will have full commonality with the 744s they currently operate...
But the A346`s awesome cargo capacity may be an important factor....
TEDSKI From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 19, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1874 times:
NW can go either way with the A340-500/600 or the 747-400ER. I think the A340 will be the right choice because it is technically far advanced than the 747 with the FBW flight controls and cockpit commonality with their A330s.