Tg 747-300 From Norway, joined exactly 16 years ago today! , 1318 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2212 times:
Notingh bad about the Dc9 interior, but after flowing two legs on NWA dc9 (30/50) I doubt that it's the same interior as in new 717. It's clean and new, but its still oldfashioned compared to what i would have expected in an 717.
Personaly I prefear the original Dc-9 interior that SAS use. (very old light switches etc.)
Godbless From Sweden, joined Apr 2000, 2753 posts, RR: 15
Reply 8, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2131 times:
Not to offend DTW/ORD but does NW want to be the first airline to have planes with 100 years of flight-experience? I would say they would be better off getting some A318s or 717s to replace them. In europe NW couldn't survive with such a plane in it's fleet, even if they look new on the inside... still it's a very old DC-9... Long live fleet-renewel...
TWFirst From Vatican City, joined Apr 2000, 6346 posts, RR: 51
Reply 10, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2113 times:
I've flown in both NW's refurbished DC9's and the 717 (both TWA and AirTran). Although very similar, the refurbished NW interior is not the 717 interior.
One extremely cool feature of the 717: The handrails along the bottom of the (very large) overhead bins light up at night! The light is on the back side of the rail so you don't realize there's a bulb in it (I think it might be neon). At night with the cabin lights off, the backside of the rails glow, casting a very soft, ethereal, bluish-white light down the length of the cabin. Ultra cool.
Flashmeister From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2917 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2074 times:
If I recall, on the refurbished DC9s, NW installed a sort of movable bulkhead that seemed to 'hang' from the overhead bins -- it was installed on the rail and it came down, but only to the point that it blocked the view between the cabins... it didn't go all the way to the floor.
Nwa747-400 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1337 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2026 times:
I agree that the picture doesn't do the interiors justice. To the non aviation enthusiast it is difficult to tell the an NW DC9 is 25-30 years old.
As is typical whenever anything good about NW is said on this foreign we have those who will go against it no matter what. For the rest of you, I hope you enjoyed this look at the GREAT work NW has done to keep these reliable birds flying for a few more years.
As far as the argument that NW first class is similar to MRTC or Econ Plus, I would have to say I have never seen a 2-2 seating arangement on MRTC or Econ Plus. The pitch on the DC9 is First is about 34" but the flights are all fairly short (about 2hours or less) and the service is very good up front (hot towels, good food, coffee mugs etc) so I can live with a couple of inches of less legroom.
The "717" style interior is very similar to the actualy new 717 interior, no the handrails do not light up, but other than that they are almost the same.
I love flying the NW DC9s, and will continue to enjoy them until they retire in the next few years. Plus in an industry where 3x3 seating is almost standard in the main cabin (other than MD80s and 717s which are far outnumbered by 737, A319/A320, 757) the 2x3 seating is very comforable.