SESGDL From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3466 posts, RR: 10 Posted (3 years 1 month 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1320 times:
The other day I saw an MD-90 with the registration N647NW in DL colors. It's also pictured on a local MSP spotting website. When did DL receive this aircraft? Also, why is the -NW suffix being used rather than the usual DL codes: DL, DA, DN, DH, DX, etc.?
timf From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 969 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (3 years 1 month 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1271 times:
N647NW is fleet number 9219 and was originally registered N918DH. Fleet number 9218 also had its number changed from N919DN to N648NW. The only explanation I can come up with is these two aircraft had their registration numbers accidentally switched as compared to their fleet numbers, and in order to facilitate reversing them Delta needed to assign them temporary registrations. Why they used NW registrations I have no idea, perhaps these were just random numbers they already had reserved. We'll see how long this change lasts.
MSPNWA From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 1918 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (3 years 1 month 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1271 times:
Apparently this all goes back to the reversed registration number/ship number on N918DN (ship 9219) and N919DN (9218). If you search this forum way back to last year, there was evidence that DL would use some unused NW registrations (must have been for the 742 fleet) to swap the MD-90s into correct order. Well back on the 15th I was doing some MSP spotting, and I took some shots of N648NW. I looked all this up at home and sure enough N648NW has a fleet number of 9218. A few days later a friend took pictures of N647NW, and that fleet number is 9219. So the rumored registration swap is on. I suppose it won't be long before they're back to -DNs, but it would be just fine to me to see the -NW suffix stay!