desertjets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7879 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 31734 times:
Looks pretty good in the pre-bowling shoe colors too if I may add.
NW kept their original -100s and -200s for nearly 30 years. So no reason to expect DL to retire the 747s anytime soon.
And realizing what you think is a relatively new airplane is now 20+ years old is the same feeling you get when you are listening to a radio station's throwback hour and realizing that the song you really liked and still think is fresh is in fact THAT OLD.
Stop drop and roll will not save you in hell. --- seen on a church marque in rural Virginia
MSPNWA From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 2518 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 31702 times:
Yep, they're getting old. Getting close to 23 years. N663US has been in revenue service longer than any other Delta international widebody aircraft. Flying on 663 is definitely my airline passenger highlight so far.
isitsafenow From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4984 posts, RR: 22
Reply 12, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 31378 times:
NW was the launch customer of the 400. I flew N663US Feb 89 when it was on the MSP-PHX run a few weeks before it
went international. According to the Boeing manufacturers book, N663US was delivered months before N661US.
N661US was build FIRST. Apparently, there was some issues with N661US and that's why it was held up in delivery.
If two people agree on EVERYTHING, then one isn't necessary.
SEPilot From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 7472 posts, RR: 51
Reply 21, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 29739 times:
I happened to be in DTW shortly after the 744 entered service, and saw a NW 744 at a gate. I don't remember which tail number it was, but it was within a few months of when they got their first one. I was quite pleased to see it.
The problem with making things foolproof is that fools are so doggone ingenious...Dan Keebler
mike96 From United States of America, joined Nov 2010, 21 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 29315 times:
Quoting isitsafenow (Reply 12): N661US was build FIRST. Apparently, there was some issues with N661US and that's why it was held up in delivery.
The first three 747-400s built were N661US,N662US,N663US. N661US had Rolls Royce engines on it at first, N662US had GE engines at first and N663US had Pratt & Whitney Engines on it. When Northwest went ahead and chose the PW engines N663US already had them so all that was need was a NWA interior. N663US was the first in service while 661 and 662 had their engines switched to PW4056s.
So their weren't any issues with 661 or 662, they just need to get a NWA interior and PW engines on them.