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Last NW 727 Flight: 1/6/03 DTW-FNT  
User currently offlinePSU.DTW.SCE From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 8029 posts, RR: 26
Posted (13 years 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 3144 times:

Alright folks....here it is....
The last scheduled passenger 727 flights for NW will be on Monday, January 6th. The honors of the last flight go to:

NW 1250 DTW FNT 9:23pm 10:06pm 72S

Yes, a short hop across Southeastern Michigan....a total of 56 miles in all as the crow flies. It barely nudges about another intra-Michigan flight: DTW-GRR, and also a DTW-TPA flight.

Here's the tentative last day schedule for 727's.

DTW EWR 10:17a 11:51a 72S
DTW FLL 10:27a 1:27p 72S
DTW RSW 10:39a 1:30p 72S
DTW FNT 12:13p 12:53p 72S
DTW MCO 1:51p 4:27p 72S
DTW MCO 3:38p 6:11p 72S
DTW ORD 4:55p 5:05p 72S
DTW GRR 5:13p 6:06p 72S
DTW TPA 7:15p 9:56p 72S
DTW GRR 9:02p 9:51p 72S
DTW FNT 9:23p 10:06p 72S

MSP MKE 7:10a 8:15a 72S

MEM MCO 9:10a 12:04p 72S
MEM MCO 5:25p 8:18p 72S

FNT DTW 7:00a 7:51a 72S
GRR DTW 8:25a 9:20a 72S
MKE DTW 9:05a 11:07a 72S
TPA DTW 10:00a 12:34p 72S
MCO DTW 10:00a 12:38p 72S
EWR DTW 12:35p 2:28p 72S
FNT DTW 1:45p 2:31p 72S
MCO DTW 1:05p 3:43p 72S
RSW DTW 3:00p 5:51p 72S
MCO DTW 5:25p 8:06p 72S
GRR DTW 7:15p 8:12p 72S
ORD DTW 6:00p 8:17p 72S

FLL MEM 2:30p 3:56p 72S
MCO MEM 7:15p 8:18p 72S

The sports charters 727's will stick around until late spring at the end of the NBA/NHL charter season.

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User currently offlineAZO From United States of America, joined Jun 2002, 776 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (13 years 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 3128 times:

So from FNT it will go straight into what, storage? Or do they take it to MSP or DTW to remove the fun stuff they want to save and whatnot?

User currently offlineFsuwxman From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 439 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (13 years 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 3090 times:

I think I will try to get some video of the FLL departure.

ASOS... Another Shi#y Observation Station
User currently offlineJBLUA320 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3185 posts, RR: 17
Reply 3, posted (13 years 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 3067 times:
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So sad!!  Sad

Well, I will be on an NW 727 on December 24th, so I guess I will have to savor that flight. Perhaps I will video tape some portions..

User currently offlineDazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5515 posts, RR: 49
Reply 4, posted (13 years 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 3055 times:

Anything planned yet for it? Water salute? Certificates? Thanks.


User currently offlineClickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9786 posts, RR: 65
Reply 5, posted (13 years 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2990 times:

what type of aircraft will do the sports charters?

User currently offlineAZO From United States of America, joined Jun 2002, 776 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (13 years 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2969 times:

Once the 727's are gone, I'd guess the 757's take over the rest of the sport charter area.

User currently offlineIronchain15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (13 years 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2948 times:

This past weekend, I was on two NW 727 flights. The first one was especially memorable. The flight was on N204US and the captain got on the p.a. with the recording of a train horn. He said, "All aboard!" like a conductor would and welcomed us on board the aircraft for the flight from MEM to MCO. The captin really seemed to want everybody to have a fun time, which I know I did. The plane left the gate with a powerback using thrust reverse, which I was excited about. At the end of the flight, I spoke to the captain and told him that I enjoyed his train horn. I also told him that I loved the 727 and that I was going to miss flying on it. He told me that he would continue to fly the 727 until June 2003 for sports charters. After that, he said seniority would tell what plane he would fly next.

User currently offlinePSU.DTW.SCE From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 8029 posts, RR: 26
Reply 8, posted (13 years 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2944 times:

Currently there is a dedicated 727 sports charter sub-fleet used for those NBA and NHL teams that NW has under contract. They have special interiors for these charters they have not used in the regular passenger fleet during the NBA and NHL seasons. In the past, at the conclusion of of the NBA and NHL seasons in the spring, the 727's would be converted back into to passenger configuration for added capacity during the summer months.

NW has ended the contracts with NBA and NHL teams as it stands now at the conclusion of the 02-03 season with the sports charter 727's will be retired. Currently NW still has 1 remaining DC-10-40 that is solely doing charter service.....for NFL teams, military, and special groups. It will be retired, along with the other DC-10-40's that were retired at the beginning of September from passenger service. NW regularly uses 757's to do College Football and NFL charters. They also have 1 747-200 N613US that solely does charter service, again for NFL teams, college bowl games, military, special groups, etc.

Since the contracts were not renewed, these teams will have to look elsewhere. Whether or not NW will let them to do charters with regularly configured passenger aircraft is yet to be known. However there will be no special aircraft in a more luxurious configuration for the teams use.

User currently offlineHlywdCatft From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5321 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (13 years 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2931 times:

What teams use the NW 727 as of now for charter?

User currently offlineBhmal From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 140 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (13 years 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2881 times:

Since these last flights go to "remote" stations from the hub, how do they position a DC-9, 320 or other for the flight the next morning? I guess the next day these 727 crews ferry the plane to the desert?

NW 72S is a beauty. I sure am going to miss this plane. Powerful, loud and a tough looking plane. The way aviation is supposed to be.

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