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NW 722's, Eeee Gads!  
User currently offlineSJCguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 579 posts, RR: 1
Posted (13 years 1 month 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1310 times:

This past week, I flew on a NW 722 between ORD and DTW. I was looking forward to flying on this plane because they are retireing them soon, but I didn't know that they are just letting the interiors rot to hell just because they will be gone soon! This plane was a disaster inside. The very first seat in first class on the aisle had a thick piece of duct tape wrapped around it on the top saying "Flight attendants only!!" I sat over the wing and the wing was totally tattered, paint coming off. Anyways, the flight was fine, but gosh it's sad to see those planes in those conditions!

SJCguy

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User currently offlineBoeing747-400 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (13 years 1 month 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1206 times:

 Sad

User currently offlineNotar520AC From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1606 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (13 years 1 month 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1188 times:

I must agree- the 727 was great for it's time but now airlines just don't have a use for it and some airports restrict landing there due to "Noise Regulations". I really hate to see all the oldies just fly off to their death in the graveyards. ;,-(

-Notar520AC



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User currently offlineN312RC From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 2682 posts, RR: 16
Reply 3, posted (13 years 1 month 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1165 times:

All the NW 722's that ive flown have been in great conditon, with good seat pitch.. I recently flew a NW DC-9-50 and was appalled with the conditon of it, especially the water leaking in the cabin through the cieling midsection.


Fly Delta's Big Jets!
User currently offlineFavre From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 595 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (13 years 1 month 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1124 times:

its called condensation...wow what a surprise..all a/c have this phenom in the heat of the summer...the 727's are not going to have any interior upgrades when they are on the way out..


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User currently offlineL.1011 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 2209 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (13 years 1 month 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 1095 times:

 Crying

User currently offlineAloha 737-200 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (13 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1024 times:

The greatest aircraft ever were the DC-10, L-1011, and the 727. They are reduced to shadows of their former glory.

A moment of silence....................

 Crying

Aloha 737-200


User currently offlineRjx From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 38 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 992 times:

I was on a recent flight from SLC to MSP and the interior of the 727 was comfortable. The Flight was wonderfull. I sure will miss the 722's once their gone from nw's fleet.

User currently offlineBraniff727 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 686 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 967 times:

I've flown on quite a few of the NW 722's lately and have not seen anything like you've described. Granted I haven't been on all of them lately...

Anyway, the 727 is one of my faves, and I think they are far more comfortable than most of the newer planes, especially the ones with the new DC-9 seats. The older seats are much more comfortable. Oh well, all good things must come to an end.



Climbing
User currently offlineMac From United States of America, joined May 2001, 293 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 963 times:

As a result of the vast expansion of air cargo facilities
and Lindbergh Field, San Diego, there has been an influx
of Boeing 727's, with some of them looking as if they were the very early marques due to the shorter fuselages as compared to later models.

And of course, United continues to fly their 727's into
Lindbergh.

Mac


User currently offlineContrails From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 1833 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 956 times:

Bummer. That's no way to treat a great lady.

I flew on one of AA's 727's a while back from MSY to MIA, and it was in similar shape, including duct tape on an arm rest.

At one time no airline would have allowed such conditions on any plane, regardless of its age or its approaching retirement.

It's a sad commentary on the times.



Flying Colors Forever!
User currently offlineAloha 737-200 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 917 times:

It all boils down to saving money. The airlines do not want to spend money to patch up a old plane that will be gone in 1-4 years, they'd rather spend their money elsewhere, like towards a new A/C for example.

Granted the cost fo a new airplane is by far more than the cost to repair the cabin of an old one, but if you neglect even 40 of those old planes you've saved quite a bit, because repairing all of them would add up.

Besies, these airline ar elarge enough to get away with that, they are well known, make tons of money, and ARE aquiring new planes right and left. So letting their image slide in one place should not hurt them too much.

Even those of you who flew on the NW 727s that were in bad shape will probably fly Northwest again anyway, right? so there's not much harm done to the airline, which in turn means they could care less the shape of their old plane because they still have the customers coming in.


Now if a new/startup airline were flying THEIR planes in that condition, they would go bankrupt rather quickly, because no one would fly them, not with that image.

Amazing the difference.

I wish we had Pan Am back. Big grin

Aloha 737-200!!  Wink/being sarcastic


User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 44
Reply 12, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 900 times:

I've seen a couple of NW 722's barely make it off the runway here in CLE... I'm talking out of 7,096 ft. they must have had less than 1,000 ft. left when they got their wheels up.

But last night took the cake... I saw a US F-100 go wheels up with 500 ft. left. I had to go sit down. I mean the thing almost clipped the fence at the end of the runway -- maybe cleared it by 50 feet.

redngold



Up, up and away!
User currently offlineHlywdCatft From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5321 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 877 times:

As I am writing this a Northwest 727 is taking off over my house, their ain't nothing louder than that taking off from DTW

User currently offlineAloha 737-200 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 871 times:

HlywdCatft, how would you like to trade houses. I'd give my left nut to hear the roar of those old jets over my house, ven the new ones.  Big grin

Aloha 737-200!!  Wink/being sarcastic


User currently offlineDandy_don From United States of America, joined May 2000, 202 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 851 times:

I am posting a flight report DTW-MKE-DTW on NW and 727s.

User currently offlineXFSUgimpLB41X From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 4200 posts, RR: 37
Reply 16, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 834 times:

Why keep in tip top shape an airpalne that is only going to be flying for a few more months?


Chicks dig winglets.
User currently offlineNwa747-400 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1337 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 827 times:

I think it must depend on when the a/c is set to be retired. I flew on a couple of 727s last month and they were just fine. maybe that ship is scheduled to be retired VERY soon.

The sign on hte seat was probably because the jump seat for the flight attendant was broken. seen that on many a flight.


User currently offlineDavidMSP From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 806 times:

I was on a NW 722 DTW-MIA last month, in F, and it was fine. their 722s (or at least the ones I've been on) have the best F seats and pitch in their narrow-body fleet. ahhh...

User currently offlineDan-air From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 614 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 801 times:

In a couple of years, none of us will be able to fly on one of these *classic* birds ever again. How will you feel then about a little duct tape?

I for one *love* going down the jetway and getting on a 727, look into the cockpit and see the incredible array of steam gauges and buttons, very disorganized compared with modern machinery. They are a little sluggish, especially on a hot day, but apart from that they fly great - and I believe the flight crews love 'em.

I spoke to an NWA captain a couple of years ago after a 727 segment - I asked why they were still flying them - simple answer - THEY ARE PAID FOR!


User currently offlineHlywdCatft From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5321 posts, RR: 6
Reply 20, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 789 times:

I'm not that close to DTW, probably about 15 or more miles, but when the planes take off to the north, the ones that head west bound make their turns usually over my house but they are several thousand feet up. None the less, the 722s and DC-9s of Northwest still roar through the house. You have to be outside to hear all of the other planes

User currently offlineVw From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 252 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 787 times:

I just flew MSP-DTW and DTW-MSP. On the MSP-DTW flight it was an A320 built in 1992. Great interior. On the DTW-MSP it was a B 727 built in 1981. I couldn't tell a differance between the two!

User currently offlineAirbus_330_340 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 157 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 766 times:

In '94 I was onboard a 722 and the three seats in the back could not be sold due to faulty seat cusions and/or seatbelts. These are the least maintained aircraft in NWA's fleet

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