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User currently offlineStlbham From United States of America, joined May 1999, 443 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 6 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2916 times:

This question probably has been asked many times but here goes again. What is Northwest's timeline for retirement of their DC-10's?

Regards

Brian



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User currently offlineAzjubilee From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 3933 posts, RR: 27
Reply 1, posted (12 years 6 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2611 times:

Just heard Anderson say that the DC10-40 retirement is being accelerated with the last ones being gone by the end of the summer season in Aug/Sept. These are being replaced by 757-300s that start to arrive in July.

The DC10-30s will start to be replaced next summer by the A330-300. Pre 9/11 plans were to retain the newest (as new as the late 80s) 12 DC10-30s for HNL and higher density domestic routes.

Question is now, what will go to HNL in the fall? Will we see a shift from the Atlantic with a few DC10-30s or will we see 742s?

Favre... care to comment?


AZJ


User currently offlineDutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 57
Reply 2, posted (12 years 6 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2553 times:

Some DC10-40s are already on the ground.

As the 753s are introduced (from July 2002), I expect that more DC10-40s will be retired and leave the NW fleet. During the first part of 2003, the A330 will join the NW fleet and begin replacing the DC10-30s on the transatlantic runs. The plan is to retire all of the DC10-40s first, so as the DC10-30s leave transatlantic duty, those airliners will see some service on US domestic/Hawaii segments defore eventual retirement. Of course, schedules will be juggled as the new planes arrive. Delivery schedules may be adjusted, but it will take about two to three years for NW to receive the 753s and A330s on order that will replace most of the DC10s.

I say MOST of the DC10s because it is still unclear if a handful of NW's newer DC10-30s (ie, the ex-TG airliners) will remain in the NW fleet to operate some US domestic/Hawaii services.....while NW has said that the primary mission of the A330 is transatlatic services and the primary mission of the 753 is higher-density US domestic routes, little has been said as to which aircraft will operate the Hawaiian services. I would guess that the A330 will eventually take over the Hawaiian routes and NW may, at a later date, order additional A330 aircraft if their finances allow more orders.



User currently offlineStlbham From United States of America, joined May 1999, 443 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 6 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2492 times:

The reason I ask I am scheduled one from Minneapolis to Seattle on April 13 I know this will be one of my last chances to fly one of these beautiful beasts.

User currently offlineBoeing727 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 954 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 6 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2456 times:

It will be strange to see an Airbus in NW colors, just not right.

Boeing727


User currently offlineHlywdCatft From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5321 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (12 years 6 months 1 day ago) and read 2439 times:

It will be strange to see an Airbus in NW colors, just not right.

You never saw an A319 or 320 in NW colors???


User currently offlinePSU.DTW.SCE From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 7591 posts, RR: 27
Reply 6, posted (12 years 6 months 11 hours ago) and read 2390 times:

Well, I guess that means at least between the end of this summer and at least until the A330's arrive, we won't be seeing any DC-10's flying domestic. I know at least that is the plan for the 753's to take those routes.

AZJ, good question about the Hawaii routes. I guess it would make sense to have a 742 on the MSP-HNL route, but its also possible to see 752's flying West Coast-Hawaii, heck other carriers do that. It would seem like a cut in capacity compared to the DC-10-40's now flying, but who knows. There can't be enough -30's to go around, as they have all the Europe routes covered. Since NW is taking up 2 more 744's this year, maybe they'll have extra 742's because of this, especially if there isn't a whole lot of expansion this year.



User currently offlineSas a340 From Netherlands, joined Jul 2001, 146 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 6 months 11 hours ago) and read 2385 times:

Talking about 747-200, when will they be replaced?
Probably with a340-500?


User currently offlineStretch 8 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2568 posts, RR: 16
Reply 8, posted (12 years 6 months 11 hours ago) and read 2370 times:

NW should have retired all of its DC-10s at least five years ago. The fact they are using these old hogs on the transatlantic routes is an embarrasment. Why would I pay the same to ride ont of those dinos when I can fly in a new 744, 777, 330 or 340?


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User currently offlinePSU.DTW.SCE From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 7591 posts, RR: 27
Reply 9, posted (12 years 6 months 10 hours ago) and read 2355 times:

The 742 replacement is pretty far off. Nothing to report yet....

AND BEFORE SOMEONE ASK THIS: THE DC-9's ARE HERE FOR THE TIME BEING, NOTHING TO REPORT ON THEM.

Cut out the crap about the old planes, enough. And those DC-10's flying across the Atlantic, for the most part aren't as old as you thing. 1987 isn't that old. Its your choice who you want to fly, and it you seriously are against flying on an older plane or a DC-10, don't.


User currently offlineFavre From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 595 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (12 years 6 months 7 hours ago) and read 2340 times:

ok lets get this going again...as far i know you will see 757's to hawaii from lax/sea..yes the 757-300's start to arrive in july..7 this year....A330 deliveries start in may 03...last i checked there were only 10 DC-10-40's operating domestic/hnl trips...there is talk of the 757xxx model again for europe service from dtw...hey azj did u here about xj buying pinnicale soon after spinoff?? let me know...


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User currently offlineAzjubilee From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 3933 posts, RR: 27
Reply 11, posted (12 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2272 times:

Don't make my hear skip beats like that!! Twice in one post is not cool man...

First: I had a hunch the 757 was going to go to HNL, which I'm sad, very sad about. I was hoping that NW would never sell out like UA and AA and send that accross the pond... but alas, I understand the reasoning.

Second: haven't heard a peep about XJ buying all the shares leftover in Pinnacle... I think that would be a nice investment for XJ, a great way for us to grow, since we're shrinking monthly. However I don't think NW would like that one bit... it would completely destroy their plan for overlapping service in case of service disruption. But hey... stranger things have happend. Is this the buzz over in the MSP buildings at big daddy NW? Foley would love to spend that 130 million in the bank somehow!

Can we see any new service to HNL at all? Like SFO back and the seond LAX flight back? Especially if they'll use 757s, it's got to be cheaper and therefore more profitable eh?

AZJ


User currently offlineTimeForFlight From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 267 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (12 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2262 times:

This is slightly off topic but I'll be sad to see the NW DC-10s go! My older brother lives in Minneapolis with his wife and child and when we'd visit them we'd always have to drive by the MSP Int'l Airport to get to their house. Both NW and Sun Country have hangers for widebodies sitting right by the road and the majestic NW DC-10 always caught my eye. Its a beautiful aircraft that looked quite well maintained by NW's mechanics... Farewell DC-10...

Will it be off to the desert with them or is there word on sales/lease? I understand they're aging rather quickly now...


User currently offlineAcidradio From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1874 posts, RR: 10
Reply 13, posted (12 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2253 times:
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User currently offlineAzjubilee From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 3933 posts, RR: 27
Reply 14, posted (12 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2237 times:

Only the DC10-40s will be gone by the end of the summer. Don't fret, you'll see those majestic beauties crossing the Atlantic for at least another few years. These are the DC10-30s and several of them are relatively new, vintage late 80s. I think they'll go to the desert as they're pushing 30 years of age and are turning into maintenance queens.

Enjoy them while they last!


As far as Foley opening the checkbook, he said that he has investor connections that can raise up to $400 milliion or so. This was for the illfated cargo operation that NW sqashed... so, the money is there in the bank and the potential to raise a ton more is there as well. It'll be kinda funny to see XJ take a majority stake in Pinnacle... sorta flips NW the bird so to speak. Of course, if this is true...


AZJ




User currently offline777D From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 300 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (12 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2239 times:

NWA is going to shoot themselves in the foot regarding cargo revenue if NWA phases out domestic wide body service.

NWA should retain a domestic network of wide body service, believe they will lose customers and revenue from this move.......

757-300 to HNL is probably a good move for passenger service, but will hurt the cargo side..

my thoughts


User currently offlineStretch 8 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2568 posts, RR: 16
Reply 16, posted (12 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2194 times:

I saw a print add for United in today's Washington Post that was entitled:

"Vintage clothes-cool
Vintage airplanes-not cool"

It went on to state that the UA fleet has "an average age of eight years, which means your plane won't look like a 70's basement."

Another reason why NW should be ashamed of itself. Old, dumpy D9s, 727s, and D10s. Even United is laughing!



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User currently offlineKeesje From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (12 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2156 times:

I personally think United is not laughing at Northwest at this moment .... $$$$



User currently offlineTriley1057 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 1999, 462 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (12 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2150 times:

I'm scheduled on a NW DC-10-40 on the 13th of July from LAX to DTW, flight #38. Is that going to change? I feel lucky to be able to fly on a DC-10-40 for probably the last time.

User currently offlineNwa747-400 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1337 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (12 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2125 times:

NONE of NW airplanes look like a 70s basement and you show you general lack of industry knowledge if you think they do.

EVERY SINGLE Northwest airplane has the same style interior color scheme (navy etc)

All airplanes have had refurbished interiors with the exception of the 727s which were given facelifts to hold them over til retirment this year.



User currently offlineNwa747-400 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1337 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (12 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2117 times:

Oh- one more thing-

If you are losing BILLIONS of dollars a year, the youngest fleet in the world will NOT save you from BANKRUPTCY!!!


User currently offlinePSU.DTW.SCE From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 7591 posts, RR: 27
Reply 21, posted (12 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2100 times:

Alright here,

Triley1057, you are likely in luck of that being a DC-10 flight. Right now if that's what it says, it probably is. They've been running 2 of the dailys between LAX-DTW on DC-10's. However.......and this is a big might, that is a route that will see the 753. Don't know exactly where, when, and how yet. But, your odds are likely that will be a DC-10.

Nwa747-400, you are exactly correct on your statement. All interiors are identical. There aren't any orange seats with flowered wall panels or anything like that. Even the 727's look identical inside to the Airbus. Same colors, almost exact same seats, etc.

The DC-10-40's have been going out to pasture in Roswell, NM. Don't fret. The DC-10-40's have pretty much been on their way out since last summer. This winter, they weren't running too many out of DTW, at least not like they used to a few years ago.

Here's a question for those in the know---I read somewhere on another forum two things. First they were mentioning the 753's being deployed on West Coast-Hawaii and DTW-new, smaller, trans-Atlantic routes. All thats been heard from the reliable sources on here is that the 753's were for domestic runs only. They aren't ETOP's are they? I thought that those overwater routes would be made by the 752's that are/will be ETOPS certified. Also, someone mentioned that the A330's will be put on proving runs domestically at first. I thought that they already would be ETOPs from the beginning and put directly into Trans-Atlantic service.

I'm going to Hawaii this summer and the last time I was in HNL was 1999. Back then it was still the domain of DC-10's, L1011's, and 747's. Virtually no twins whatsoever. I'm sure going to be for shock this summer when I show up over there and see tons of 757's and 767's. It just doesn't seem the same flying narrowbodies out there, but hey, if it makes business sense, then go for it. Its going to be strange flying over there on a 763 instead of the DC-10. Well, I'm determined to fly on one of the last NW DC-10 flights. I know that date is still several years down the road, as we've still got the -30's for a while. These workhorses have put in lots of good time.


User currently offlineAzjubilee From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 3933 posts, RR: 27
Reply 22, posted (12 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2083 times:

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH!!!!

#1 - the DC10-40s aren't being retired until after the summer season. So if you have a flight BEFORE the end of the summer on a DC10, its a almost sure thing you'll be on the DC10.

#2 - if you believe everything you read in editorials and other articles published by the media you need to find a new dealer for your drugs... because if you think that someone that has no aviation background or training can provide the reading public with facts instead of stupid and noninforming articles then you must be smoking something bad! That is the most hilarious and non thretaning article I've ever heard of... ok teen bopper or sixteen or whatever magazine you read than in.

#3 - the 757-300 isn't going to HNL. It is certainly replacing the DC10-40, but only on domestic runs EXCEPT Hawaii. The bean counters are not stupid at NW and aren't going to do anything that would allow them to further loose revenue... thank you though for your intent on education the professionals.

#4 - the 757-300 is not for international ops... it doesn't hav ethe range to go to Europe from DTW with a full load of people and bags and fuel. The 330 is being brought online for those missions.

#5 - several of the 752s have been wired for ETOPS certification and can be certified if NW choses to go through the process. Until then, we won't see any ocean crossings in the 752.

#6 - The 330 may be certified for ETOPs for NW isn't, hence the domestic proving runs we'll see the 330 deployed on prior to the launch of trans atlantic ops.

Come on guys... lets think before we post and read the other replies before things are posted! No need to repeat what is talked about on a daily basis...

PSU - when you goin to HNL?

AZJ


User currently offlinePSU.DTW.SCE From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 7591 posts, RR: 27
Reply 23, posted (12 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2054 times:

Goin' over to the island the end of June for 4th of July week. Been over there many of times before. We're going to Lanai & the Big Island actually, just connecting through HNL.
Sorry, we're not taking NW, that ok though, they wouldn't be getting any revenue from us anyways. Kind of wish we were so we could be on a DC-10 instead of a ho-hum 767. We're taking AA onto Island Air and Aloha. Since my dad has a ga-zillion miles to use up on them. He's got plenty of them to use on NW too, but no offense to NW, its just difficult to get 4 free-bee's with them sometimes. I know it all depends on how many seats are allocated for FF's and the like. Thats ok, I've got enough miles sitting around on NW to get some free tickets myself, but I'm saving those for me, I'll let my folks use their miles on me.
Don't worry when I'm on NW or XJ I'm usually a paying customer.

AZJ-You're from the islands right?


User currently offlineAzjubilee From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 3933 posts, RR: 27
Reply 24, posted (12 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2050 times:

Sweet, you remember... Yup, I was born and raise in HNL actually and am a transplanted hapa haole basically. I make it back to the islands every other month or so. I might head that way next month before recurrent ground school, then again possibly in the summer, that's the reason I asked when you were going.

Lanai is very nice... if you haven't been there before and you like relaxation and pristine beauty, you'll love it. Not to mention the food, drinks and other activities at the resorts.

This is getting a bit off topic... maybe we can email?

AZJ


25 BestWestern : The excellent customer service at NW far out weighs the fact that you are travelling on an older aircraft. When NW have the A330 alongside the excelle
26 Stretch 8 : Not to Europe, they won't. For me from my home airport IAD, only BA (with beautiful 777s and 744s) have the schedule (3x plus a morning flight from IA
27 Azjubilee : Stretch 8... then do that. Why complain about NW when you don't even plan to fly them? Get your facts straight... DC9s are not 40 years old, the DC10-
28 Stretch 8 : Good grief AZJ, lighten up! Didn't you see the sarcastic humor in my observation of the poor souls lined up at the NW IAD check in for the Amsterdam f
29 PSU.DTW.SCE : Well, can't argue against non-stop service. Thats a good reason to choose on carrier over another. AZJ-Can't be too off topic, as long as the words "N
30 Nwa747-400 : Stretch 8: I hope that wasnt some form of racist comment you were making about the passengers flying NW IAD-AMS because those kind of comments can get
31 Nightcruiser : Stretch 8, I was on the evening flight to AMS earlier this year. After I boarded the NW DC-10, I had to sit in the stuffy cabin for an hour and a half
32 HUYfan : if NW dont get those 330s into transatlantic duties quick-sharp, NW will lose it's premium travellers, the WB cabin on NW dc10s just doesnt compare to
33 Zeus01 : Night Cruiser: I don't think you truly understand the airline industry if just because a radio wasn't working properly, you think that all DC-10s are
34 Ups763 : Nwa747-400, I couldnt agree more. Anyone stating that NW's aircraft look like a 70's basement much not have much knowledge of the industry. Though som
35 ATA L1011 : Aren't the DC-10-30's going to be used on the Hawaii runs once the 40's are gone. i heard that they were going to transition as the 40's go and as 330
36 PSU.DTW.SCE : ATA L1011---You're question has been answered about four times already in this post. Read AZJ's, Favre's, and my previous posts. The answers can be fo
37 ATA L1011 : Well PSU I dont read all the post, no need to get smart bud! Just say refer to a certain post if you know the answer! thanks have a good day PSU
38 UAL1837 : To add a small note, HNL isn't totally the domain of the 757/767 now that the trijets are leaving. United flies the "almighty super powerful" (I love
39 Zeus01 : I said the 777 was the "almighty super power". BUT, with much sarcasm. Glad to see you liked it!
40 Coronado : Northwest Flight 1 from MSP to LAX during May 2002 is listed as operating with DC-10-40's connecting to 747-200's to Tokyo NRT. In Feb they had an A32
41 Zeus01 : NWA Flight #1 is now operated with a 752, i checked it yesterday on flight tracker.
42 Coronado : Zeus01- No disagreement. NWA has always had a knack for switching equipment to fit the ticket sales.
43 Coronado : This is what I flew on 12Feb2002 Tue 12-Feb-02 1530 mi (2462 km)3hr 56mn Minneapolis (MSP)Depart 7:16 AM to Los Angeles (LAX)Arrive 9:12 AM Flight: 1
44 Rhino4ever : the remaining 12 DC-10-40's will be retired by Sept 3, 2002. Announced last week by R.A. Moved up from 9 this year and 3 next year. Remaining DC-10-30
45 Azjubilee : Rhino - Is it still the plan to retain at least 1 of the -30s for HNL and high density domestic routes.. as announced last year with the large a/c ord
46 Azjubilee : That 1, in my previous post ought to read 12... 12 DC10-30s to be retained... not 1.
47 Continental : I thought that NWA's 747-200 already serves PHNL. Some person I know left on Thursday for PHNL and was on a NWA 747-200. Continental
48 Zeus01 : NW serves HNL from MSP in the winter with a 742. Everyone wants to get out of this damn cold state i guess.
49 Azjubilee : Zeus is correct... MSP-HNl gets a 742 in the winter. NRT-HNL also has 2 daily 742s configured for the beach market. The MSp_HNL flight will go back to
50 RayChuang : The big question right now is now long will NW hang on to their DC-10-30 fleet after the DC-10-40's are phased out. I do know the -30's will be reassi
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