SESGDL From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3527 posts, RR: 9 Posted (14 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2165 times:
I remember seeing 744's at MSP ALL the time!!!Why'd they discontinue them, so much better to see than the nasty, faded, old 747-200's which, NEVER take off on any runway except the cross, I saw one leave for Phoenix a week ago, I don't know why, it's not on the schedule, great sight to see, but will MSP EVER see any 747-400's on an actual scheduled basis?
747buff From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 756 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (14 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2079 times:
They used to have 744s on the MSP-NRT flight, as well as the short-lived MSP-HKG flight. What doesn't make sense to me is that NW uses old, beat-up 742s on most of the transpacific flights, while the shorter intra-Asia flights get the newer, longer-range 744s.
Pilottim747 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1607 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (14 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2021 times:
I think it is all because Northwest doesn't really wan't MSP to be their main hub to Asia, for some reason. They keep developing DTW and want most of the traffic to go through that one airport. Weird sceme but NWA isn't the most logical airline, in many respects.
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XFSUgimpLB41X From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 4292 posts, RR: 36
Reply 9, posted (14 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1958 times:
Dont jump the gun yet, bro. The selection process hasnt even begun for which airplane will replace the 747-200's. I would say the 777 does have the best chance for replacement, but the A340 is also very strong in the running.
Superfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40298 posts, RR: 74
Reply 11, posted (14 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1947 times:
I hope they go with the A340 over that 'twin' Boeing offers.
Keeping the 747-200 would be better than replacing it with a 777. If they had to get a new plane, I say go with the A340.
There is not a single US A340 carrier and that is sad. The A340 is a spectacular aircraft and far more pleasing the the eye and to ride than the 777.