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Should I Be Afraid To Fly Northwest?  
User currently offlineJBLUA320 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3179 posts, RR: 19
Posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2586 times:
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Hi!

I am flying NWA on Sunday from EWR-MSP-FAI.
I have heard so many bad things I am wondering if we should have payed the extra money to our cruise line to switch airlines.

What can I expect.... or is there nothing to expect?

Thanks
JBLUA320

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User currently offlineUal777contrail From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2537 times:

it is your choice but the CHICAGO CUBS didnt want to fly them,said they were unsafe.the plane they use to charter the cubs,dont know if the rest of the fleet is as bad.
have fun!



ual 777 contrail


User currently offlineTzMSP From United States of America, joined Jul 2002, 137 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2516 times:

JBLUA320-

I've personally flown over 200,000 miles on NW; you have nothing to worry about. NW has some of the best and most-respected maintenance facilities in the business. Although they have an old fleet (the oldest of the Big 10, I believe) they maintain their aircraft very well. I've also found the customer service on NW to be above-average in my 100-odd segments flown on NW/CO/KL codeshare flights. Enjoy your flight, it should be pleasant. And say hi, if you'd like, I'll be at the ATA ticket counter working, I'm sure!

 Smile/happy/getting dizzy tzMSP


User currently offlineScorpio From Belgium, joined Oct 2001, 5032 posts, RR: 43
Reply 3, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2505 times:

Northwest has an EXCELLENT safety record. One of the best in the industry even I believe. So you have no reason to be afraid.

User currently offlineATA L1011 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1384 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2495 times:

Nothing to be afraid, if anything is going to happen it could happen on any Airline.


Treat others as you expect to be treated!
User currently offlineNational_757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2493 times:

I don't know, Sammy is afraid to fly on Northworst, shouldn't you be too?  Laugh out loud

Honestly, flying on Northwest is no different than any other carrier. TzMSP has over 200,000 miles on Northwest, and nothing has happened to him yet, so I'd say, you are worrying over nothing.


User currently offlineLMP737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2483 times:

I wouldn't worry about it. NWA has a top notch maintenance program and good pilot's. You probably heard about the NW 757 that had an emergency landing today. Guess what, every major airline in the US has had an aircraft make an emergency landing at one time or another.

User currently offlineJanne From Sweden, joined Sep 2001, 379 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2473 times:

Only if you're destination is the southeast.
/janne


User currently offlineUal777contrail From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2469 times:

to comment on lmp737's comment,
if you scroll down a ways you can see UNITED put a 767 into MCI to to an emergency landing.
happens all the time,mechanicals,medicals,you name it.unruly pax need to be taken off,happens all the time.


ual777contrail


User currently offlineTWFirst From Vatican City, joined Apr 2000, 6346 posts, RR: 51
Reply 9, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2445 times:

You should be more afraid of the body cavity search at the airport security checkpoint than flying Northwest.


An unexamined life isn't worth living.
User currently offlineJanne From Sweden, joined Sep 2001, 379 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2426 times:

TWFirst, why should he? I have heard that the security personnel uses
rubber gloves before they penetrate, so i wouldn't be too worried about
catching germs from bad manicure.
/janne


User currently offlineUal777contrail From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2411 times:

make sure when he goes in for the search,if he is wearing a watch.mke sure he has the watch on when he returns.

just sound advice.

ual777contrail


User currently offlineJanne From Sweden, joined Sep 2001, 379 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2397 times:

Ual777contrail, love your comment!
/janne


User currently offlineJBLUA320 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3179 posts, RR: 19
Reply 13, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2336 times:
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TZmsp, If I have time Ill come on over to the ticket counters and play dumb for a while. My connection is only 100 minutes... so I have got to check if time permits...

Ill just mosy on over...like.. "You have any AmTran goodies you can spare me" and if its you....just say so  Smile

If it ever arrives here, Ill be wearing an NWA shirt.

JBLUA320


User currently offlineNasmal From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 219 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2274 times:

I flew MCO-MSP-FAR and back on northwest last month and it was better than i thought. We took a A320 to MSP and a VERY old Dc-9 to Fargo and i was surprised in how good condition it was still in, also it was a very comfy flight better than the A320!!!! so in my opinion its very safe

User currently offlineTzMSP From United States of America, joined Jul 2002, 137 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2258 times:

JBLUEA320:

I'll either be at the ATA ticket counter, or at Gate E4. If you want, I'll gladly escort you down on the ramp so you can look directly at the planes and show your our small ATA OPS center at MSP. Fun stuff for us airline nerds.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

tzMSP (jason)


User currently offlineBoeing4ever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2225 times:

With service like that on NWA....BE AFRAID! BE VERY AFRAID!!!

I'm just kidding of course!  Big thumbs up

B4e-Forever New Frontiers


User currently offlineJBLUA320 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3179 posts, RR: 19
Reply 17, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2207 times:
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jason-

you would make my life. if i can get to E4 or ATA check in..... I will be there!

Thanks!
JBLU


User currently offlineHlywdCatft From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5321 posts, RR: 6
Reply 18, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2189 times:

Northwest has had less accidents than USAir, United or AA in the past 10 years.

User currently offlineMCOtoATL From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 474 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2184 times:

People always seem to bring up the aspect that NW uses old aircraft, which is true. But it is not a bad thing. For starters, NW is in a better financial position than many airlines because they have less debt with aircraft payments. They own them outright. Why buy a new car if you have a perfectly good one sitting in the driveway?

The average flyer does not know much (if anything) about the type of plane they fly. So flying on an old DC-9 verses a new 717 is not something the average person even thinks about.

I bet that there is a forum for taxi drivers or school bus drivers in which they criticize certain cities or school systems for using cabs or buses that are older than some of the newer ones. But when I get in a cab, I don't look for the newest one. I don't move to a new city so my children can ride on a newer school bus. I have trust (which sometimes may be a bad thing) that a cab or bus will be in good shape.

NW is a good airline, and I have flown them many times. I have had good experiences and some not-so-good experiences, which can be said for almost every airline I have flown (oddly enough, Continental is one of my favorite success stories, and yet they recently majorly screwed up travel plans for a large group I was with. Life goes on.)



User currently offlineDragogoalie From Australia, joined Oct 2001, 1220 posts, RR: 6
Reply 20, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2156 times:

I wouldent be scared, but I wouldent expect to enjoy it. They will get you where you need to be, and it will most likely be on time too. Their domestic service is pretty nice (even the dc-9's), but no frills on long haul really sucks.

--dragogoalie-#88--



Formerly known as Jap. Srsly. AUSTRALIA: 2 days!
User currently offlineWilliam From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1285 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2141 times:

Really.............Did you think NWA was unsafe?

Other than the fact the FAA breathes down the airlines back for safety reasons. For an airline itself,it is not FINANCIALLY adviseable to be unsafe. If NWA had the rep for being unsafe,they would loose all the profit rich Y fare customers. All the profit rich customers flying to Asia. Lest not forget NWA has a formidable Cargo network too. No freight forwarder is going to risk loosing his product on a risky airline.

So yes,NWA is safe,so is any other airline that flies in the USA.


User currently offlineAlaskaairlines From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2054 posts, RR: 15
Reply 22, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2085 times:

NWA is a great airline, I have done EWR-MSP-ANC, but not to FAI, they are great and one of the safest airlines.

-Dmitry


User currently offlineJBLUA320 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3179 posts, RR: 19
Reply 23, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1919 times:
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Jason-

My flight lands at MSP around 340pm on the 18th

Thanks again!
JBLU


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