Scorpio From Belgium, joined Oct 2001, 4966 posts, RR: 46 Reply 2, posted (11 years 3 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 1413 times:
Well... yes and no. It was not the original name of NW, but NW did go by that name for a period of time, to reflect that they were and airline that was very strong in its traffic in the Orient. They changed their name to what it is now after the take-over of Republic, after which they became a considerable force in domestic traffic.
Zebfly2 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 415 posts, RR: 1 Reply 5, posted (11 years 3 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1348 times:
Hey Stretch-8, I remember the same ad as a child!!! If I'm not mistaken I think that there was also an ad that mentioned the actual flight number,#7, I believe. Also, they promoted different routes to Asia depending whether you wanted to fly through Alaska, LAX/SFO, or HNL. Ahh, those were the days when air travel was more of an adventure and pleasure as opposed to what it has now become-a complete farce!!!
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LoneStarMike From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 3751 posts, RR: 36 Reply 6, posted (11 years 3 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1285 times:
If you want a real blast from the (distant) past, check out these magazines ads from the 1950's for Northwest Orient. Actually, some of the ads say Northwest Orient Airlines, others just say Northwest Airlines.
Maiznblu_757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 5112 posts, RR: 51 Reply 7, posted (11 years 3 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1272 times:
NW still is Orient... hehe...
NWA276 (Commercial, Jet)
Status: DEPARTED, ENROUTE
Company: NORTHWEST ORIENT AIRLINES INC.
Country: UNITED STATES
Radio Call: NORTHWEST
Ground Spd: 477 kts (Assigned: 0457)
Altitude: 370(hundreds of feet) (Assigned: 370)
Type: B753 (Boeing Company Model 757-300)
Origin Apt: SEA SEATTLE-TACOMA INTL
Dest Apt: DTW DETROIT METROPOLITAN WAYNE COUNTY
Departed: 1626Z ETA: 2010Z
Distance Fm: 584.39 NM To Dest: 1086.86 NM
CXHKG From Hong Kong, joined Oct 2000, 84 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (11 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1103 times:
Hi Stretch 8,
How interesting that you mentioned that NW ad from yonks ago. We had that too in Hong Kong. I used to sing along to it, believe it or not! I used to like their colour and their logo then. I was fascinated by why this US airline has the word 'Orient' in its name. They used to be the only airline flying direct from HKG to SEA. Pity now that they do not fly this route anymore. They did HKG to Minneapolis non-stop for a while. I think they have stopped that too. Now they only do a HKG-TYO-JFK daily. However, they still have flights to many Asian cities. So their presence in the Orient is still high and has been so for so many years. Now, I know why they have the 'Orient' word in their name!
IMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6243 posts, RR: 36 Reply 13, posted (11 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1082 times:
And in answer to the original question, I believe they became Northwest Orient in 1948 or '49. I really have a mess in my library right now so I can't say for sure. Anyone want a job for a few weeks rearranging my books and timetables? I've been a bit lax lately.
Is grammar no longer taught is schools? Saying "me and her" or some such implies illiteracy.
CXHKG From Hong Kong, joined Oct 2000, 84 posts, RR: 0 Reply 15, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 1035 times:
In HK, the ad definitely had the BOOOOOOONG and all! That was the best bit of the ad, signifying the "Orient" part of the airline. Not many alirline ads are so memorable. The other one I can think of is the " Singapore Girl, the Great Way to Fly!" ad. The song has not changed at all ever since the ad came out all those years ago. Maybe becoming a bit sexist these days, though...
Stretch 8 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2561 posts, RR: 17 Reply 16, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1013 times:
I wonder if the use of "Orient" and the "BOOOOOOOONG" would be viewed sa racist today; some people will complain about anything. As a kid growning up in the Detroit area, NW was not a dominant force at DTW. They were on a par with UA and AA (this was long before deregulation and the hub and spoke system). NW had no international flights from DTW in those days. In fact, no one did, except Pan Am and BOAC - to London only, after stops in either NEw York or Boston.
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Azjubilee From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 3629 posts, RR: 29 Reply 18, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 938 times:
Let's get one thing straight... the name of the company has never been Northwest Orient. Orient was added as a brand recognition scheme. The certificate has read Northwest Airways/Airlines since the inception 75/76 years ago. Much like Northwest Airlink/JetAirlink is a brand recognition scheme... not a name of a company. The operators of Airlink still have Mesaba and Pinnacle on the 121 operating certificates.