PSU.DTW.SCE From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 7296 posts, RR: 28 Posted (11 years 4 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3377 times:
Well the last DC-10-40 passenger flight was on 9/2/02....but the lone DC-10-40 still flying for NW is back in passenger service.
N133JC is back flying HNL-LAX currently. It has been in service doing charter work since its last scheduled service at the end of the summer schedule. There has been a shuffling of aircraft lately. Due to the port closing earlier in the fall, the NW freight operation has been more than busy flying cargo. The Cargo 742's are being utilized to the max to make up for the backlog in cargo that needs to get across the Pacific. In order to have enough crews to operate the Cargo 742's, they are being pulled from passenger 742's. Thus, SFO-NRT has lately been flown with a DC-10-30, pulled off of the LAX-HNL route. In turn the lone charter DC-10-40 has been put back into scheduled service on the LAX-HNL route.
Who knows how long this will continue. LAX-HNL is showing a DC-10-40 for all of this week. As long as SFO-NRT operates as a DC-10-30, LAX-HNL will use the DC-10-40. Some days SFO-NRT has been operating as the normal 742. N133JC is scheduled to be retired in January. It was supposed to be used for mostly charters, but its apparently an operational spare too.
American 767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3619 posts, RR: 13
Reply 4, posted (11 years 4 months 4 days ago) and read 3140 times:
Yes, that's right. The DC-10-40 was originally the DC-10-20 but it was redesignated as 40 when the 30 came out because Northwest didn't like the idea that the 20 was an older version compared to the 30. This explains why there is no DC-10-20, there was at the very beginning of the DC-10 project but it was quickly renamed 40.
Azjubilee From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 3737 posts, RR: 29
Reply 6, posted (11 years 4 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2884 times:
Tedski - why is that so surprising to you? Only 2 airlines operated the -40s on a regular basis. JAL and NW - both two of the safest airlines in the world. The only -40 that was destroyed was during a ground fire when NW was leasing an a/c to ATA. With a small fleet of -40s in the world and having them fly for airlines that didn't experience a crash with them, the numbers are obvious.