Airbus_330_340 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 157 posts, RR: 0 Posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1685 times:
I agree with "Dragon-Wings" Northwest has by far the worst fleet in the industry. This is mainly due to the fact that they use their planes for 20+ years apiece. Sure they bought 744s and A320/A319s but they still operate some of the oldest planes in the industry DC-9 series 10 aircraft: add that to their industry leading fleet of DC-9-30/40/50s, their large amount of DC-10-30/40s and their 747-200s. They still operate 742s on all flights from LAX and MSP to Asian destinations. They continue to operate their DC-10s with outdated interiors across the Atlantic to Amsterdam and London.
I once had a 5+hour delay in Detroit before my flight was cancelled on the Airplane because of two DC-10s(the first a -40, the second a -30). A large shard of metal about 4x4 ft was pulled off the GE-CF6 engine on the left wing of the -30. Their DC-10s are in immediate need of a replacement.
But NWA as usual is doing something stupid, they are replacing their domestic DC-10-40s with cramped uncomfortable 757-300s which will take f-o-r-e-v-e-r to board. They are replacing a widebody with a narrowbody. Why would they replace a plane that is always full (the DC-10) with a 757-300 which can only hold a maximum of 243 passengers while a DC-10 in domestic configuration can hold 298 pax with a wide body for comfort. NWA will swap a widebody for a widebody on their Atlantic routes with the A330-300. Northwest should have ordered B763s or A333s for their domestic routes as well.
All other airlines operate widebodies domestically and eventually NWA will not. UAL even operates 744s on their LAX-IAD route and 777s on the LAX-DEN (882mi) route. Northwest will surely lose the battle with long-haul domestic services (such as DTW-LAX,SEA,SFO) on 752s, 753s, and A320s.
Superfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39448 posts, RR: 76 Reply 1, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1428 times:
I like Northwest because of there fleet!
As a 'true' aviation entusiest, I have to appretiate an airline that uses DC-9s, 727s, DC-10s and 747-200s.
These are some great planes and have lots of life left in them.
Would you rather them have an all twin engine fleet?
DLL10 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1384 times:
Although I do not like NWA for their not so famous service and the fact that sometimes the F/As on transcontinental flights, particularly to AMS speak little or no English (which is a real shame on a US airline) , their fleet rocks. Where else do you find that many great a/c types combined ?
Gsoflyer From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1092 posts, RR: 1 Reply 5, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1335 times:
I like the old fleet.
The old fleet in combination with the newer planes is really nice. DC-9s are classic aircraft to ride, and they aren NOT bad flights. They aren't even that loud. Not as bad, as say, the Delta 727s I ride on to Atlanta or US Air Fokker F100s.
Anyhow, they have the Avro, which is again, a very nice aircraft. And sitting at DTW watching planes while waiting for the next flight, you'll see alot of different planes in their livery. That's one of the things I like about NW.
Critter592 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 6, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1301 times:
I think Northwest has a GREAT Fleet. They have just finished COMPLETELY Remodeling the DC9s and Hushkitted them. Their A320s are quite ugly I admit, I would rather go on jetBlue's A320. But NWA is replacing the DC10 with the 753. In your mind they take forever to board, but I think NWA has figured it out. Richard Anderson is a good man and before you start Bashing NWA fleet, take a look at Airtran's DC9s. Those things are UGLY.
Mlsrar From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 1417 posts, RR: 9 Reply 7, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1284 times:
It's refreshing to see yet another boorish anti-NW post meet disagreement. Where to begin?
>>This is mainly due to the fact that they use their planes for 20+ years apiece. Sure they bought 744s and A320/A319s but they still operate some of the oldest planes in the industry DC-9 series 10 aircraft: add that to their industry leading fleet of DC-9-30/40/50s, their large amount of DC-10-30/40s and their 747-200s. <<
Midwest Express also operates D91s and D93s. N801ME is actually the oldest flying Douglas twinjet. I suppose that since they're flying DC9-10s that they're also an airline with a reputation for mx delays, poor service and they too should be awarded a 'Worst Fleet' banner.
You referred to the NW -9 fleet as 'industry leading,' You're right. They are the only airline to retrofit their interiors with the 717-style interiors on ALL aircraft, regardless of retirement date.
Northwest's 742s are some of the youngest, and last of the 742s off the production line. They also received a number of aircraft from such operators as SQ...an airline with a reputation for impeccable maintenance and cleanliness. Their D10s, mainly their -30s are being retrofitted as we speak...Vacuum lavs, new seats, carpeting and screens. Their acquisitions from SR and JA also provided for a well-maintained airframe at a significant savings. Why is NW still flying these antiquated aircraft? They make money! These aircraft cost a fraction of a new one to purchase, and their signifcant increase in Atlantic RPMs over the past fiscal year has made it extremely attractive to operate these aircraft transatlantic. Perhaps if NW had not subsidized Bethune's new fleet at CO during their ownership, they could have begun the program earlier.
Regarding the -10s and 753s. Last I checked, the JT9D-7 was somewhat less efficient than the 2043s hinged to the 753 wing. The decreased passenger capacity is not going to have any impact whatsoever on traffic. The -40s carry little cargo, and NW has a few sundry mail contracts which could be flown with a DC9-10 sufficiently. Why operate an aircraft when, contrary to your uninformed opinion, the -40s rarely are full. Turnaround time has been proven effective on operations by Condor and Arkia as well as JMC's recent introduction of the 753. Call their VP of fleet management and explain to them how you think it's, how did you put it, stupid, to operate 753s on domestic trunk routes...the resounding scorn should ring clear across the atlantic.
Sorry to disappoint you, but UA1 is operated as a continuation of the around-the-world flight. On that leg, it experiences load factors of around 44% and acts more as a scheduled ferry flight to get it back to LAX for the HKG run. That load factor hardly justifies a 744. And you're impressed that UA runs a 744 between LAX, DEN, and ORD? NW has twice daily flights between MKE and MSP...it's called trunk-route-feeding. You operate flights during peak connection times to your hubs; not a new philosophy exactly.
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Na From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10063 posts, RR: 11 Reply 9, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1262 times:
First you have to see that keeping the old planes was the best way to get rid of the dept that brought NW near to bancruptcy 10 years ago. Now they are very profitable and announced the short- to mid-term replacement of the DC-10s already.
And is a 15 year old B747-200 really old? No, I don´t think so. It´s just half way through its life.
From its looks Northwest even has the most interesting fleet of all US airlines. I mean, look what CO or Delta is flying, aren´t their fleets boring? Or the far-from-impressive all-twin fleet of AA? Come on, don´t tell they have a nice fleet for such a big airline.
JZ From United States of America, joined May 1999, 252 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1182 times:
I don't think old planes equal unsafe planes. However, older planes do present marketing and cost problems. Today on the Pacific route, NW is the only one still relies heavily on 747-200s while everyone else uses 744, 777 or 340. The average passengers are likely to choose newer planes over older ones. Plus, the 744 is more efficient to operate than 742. The same goes for 767/777 vs. DC-10 on European, transcontinental and Hawaiian routes
777D From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 300 posts, RR: 1 Reply 15, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 1165 times:
I agree the dc-9 fleet is old and most likely in good shape but the efficiency issue of these aircraft must be looked. I assume the fuel consumption of a a319 or a320 is far superior to a dc-9 as well mordern equipment and most important safety. If NWA goes to a narrowbody domestic fleet they will be missing out on a lot of cargo. NWA flies freighters out of SEATAC and they need to feed those freighters. SEATAC alone cannot fill those planes!! That is what I have heard anyways. Narrowbody domestic fleet is out of the questions unless NWA wants to lose it's shorts in the cargo world.
I agree that the 742's are old and once again they are inefficient compared to other carriers. Fuel, turnaround, comfort, cargo and marketing issues are major factors and perhaps NWA does have this in works....
SFOFlyer From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 132 posts, RR: 0 Reply 16, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 1155 times:
I can't say that I agree with NW's fleet being the worst in the industry. It's certainly dated, but my vote for worst (at least in the States) would be shared between CO and Delta. I do lament NW not continuing domestic widebody service. I mainly fly UA for their fleet. I am often on the SFO-ORD route, operated by a wide variety of a/c. I always book with a 767,777, or 747. Personally, I wish other U.S. carriers had more domestic widebody service available. I find both the 757 and a319/320 very cramped. I've flown these aircraft on UA, NW, and Delta (757 only). If I've got to be on a single aisle jet, I'll take a next generation 737.
Co LITE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 18, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1138 times:
Northwest has an excellent fleet. Widebodies? Who needs them. You like being stuck in the middle of the plane going to SFO from ORD? Gotta use the lav during dinner, forget it. The narrowbodies are better, because you can get out into the aisle easier, and you have a less chance of being in the "middle seat"!!!!!. I dont know about you, but I prefer narrowbodies. The DC-9 fleet has been remodeled with new seats, and is always kept clean.
SFOFlyer From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 132 posts, RR: 0 Reply 19, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1132 times:
Co Lite - If you book well in advance (as I do) on domestic widebodies, there's usually no problem getting the 2 outside seats on UA flights. I've done the segment nearly 30 times and have only been stuck in the middle twice. I'm still a dedicated domestic widebody traveler!
Teej13 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 486 posts, RR: 0 Reply 22, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1115 times:
I dunno bout NW having the worst fleet. As has been discussed previously, new does equate better. A320s are not the most comforatble planes to fly on. I'm not expert, but once I'm inside a 742, I KNOW I'm inside a classic.. it's really a toss up with that issue.
For me, I don't give a rats ass how old the plane is except for these things:
2) Interior - older interiors are less comfortable
3) Maintainance - Take the L1011 - how often is it delayed due to mechanical probs?
Seat pitch, condition of interior, etc are all the responsibility of the carrier anywaysm but I always see it as a decision they have to make when configuruing these thigns anyways..
Timmsp From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 221 posts, RR: 0 Reply 23, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1110 times:
NW has one of the best fleets in the US. Where else can you find a wide variety of well maintained aircraft?
I recently flew on a 35 year old DC-9 from MSP to BDL.
The interior was in good shape and no hunks of metal were missing from the exterior.
I had a great window seat just behind the wing and lo and behold....the wing did not fall off during flight!
Their 727, 757, DC 9's of NW appear sleek and athletic when watching them takeoff or land, like they were meant to fly. Their DC-10's, in my opinion, look like the old Detriot muscle cars of the 70's. Nobody can deny the impact of being up close to a 747, no matter its age.
The only thing I have against their current fleet are the "new" A320's. I hate the way they look - you guessed it - buses with no grace or style.