Dandy_don From United States of America, joined May 2000, 202 posts, RR: 0 Posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2675 times:
Had to make a quick trip to MKE this past weekend. Left on Saturday from DTW. I checked in at home via nwa.com and my printer spit out my boarding pass before I left home. I was assigned seat 5a which was a bulkhead seat. Lucky me.
Boarding was no problem. The plane was about 3/4 full I would guess. In contrast to some reports the plane seemed to be in good shape. Takeoff was smooth and the ride quite quiet up in row 5. Plus nobody in the middle seat. I had plenty of room. We were offered drinks from a tray...water or orange juice on the 5pm flight.
The trip home was a bit different. I had been assigned seat 24b. I asked for a change and was given 24a upon checkin. Unfortunately someone did take the middle seat. I felt quite cramped and so was thankful for the view to distract myself. I had a great view of the wing. It seemed quite beatup with peeling paint and grease everywhere. Back in the back it was qutie a bit noisier than up in row 5. Nothing for refreshment was offered.
I enjoyed the view on the way back. We went directly over Lake Michigan. Had a great view of my hometown, Muskegon, from 23,000 feet and then on into DTW.
This plane was continuing onto Tampa. As much as I enjoy flying 39 minutes in seat 24a was enough for me.
American 767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4221 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (13 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2600 times:
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Thanks for the report, too short but interesting.
I managed to shoot a Northwest 727 with my camera in Newark six months ago.
You were lucky enough to fly on a 727, most probably one last time in your life. Northwest plans to retire its last 727 next year, I beleive.
Did you choose those flights just because the aircraft was a 727? I bet you did. I would have too. First criteria when I choose a flight: can I get a 727? Why the 727? Because I know very well that this aircraft type is becoming rare with the major airlines. Better fly on them now before it's too late!
Glad to hear you enjoyed it.
Jason Seiple From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2600 times:
It's too bad Northwest is going to the abbreviated drink services more and more. It does seem to vary though, I think some may have to do with the preferences of the crew. Flying OMA-MSP (in the air about 50 minutes) some flights have a full drink service, others (even the same flight number, but different week) have a tray with choice of three pre-poured drinks.
Then again, the other airlines do a similar thing on many flights of the same length (if any service at all).