SAHSA From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 70 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 9163 times:
Last year, with the announcement that Delta would soon begin phasing out the 30 and 40 series of DC-9’s, I made it a mission to ride one of the last -40’s in service. My only other flight on the venerable DC-9 was in 1996. That drab, cramped, and dirty USAir DC-9-30 left much to be desired. Needless to say, I didn’t expect much from the DL (NW) -40. My mission began last August at LaGuardia airport bound for Detroit (MD-88) and eventually New Orleans (DC-9-41).
Flight: DL 2631, LGA-DTW Actual Departure: 11:17 Actual Arrival: 12:22 Flight Duration: 1h 05m Aircraft: MD-88 Registration: N909DE
I was greeted by a very welcoming and cheerful crew. When boarding was completed I moved from my assigned seat to the aft section of the MD-88, which was completely empty. The rear cabin of this aircraft has a very private feel to it and it is, of course, very loud. This particular -88 looked brand spankin’ new, inside and out. The flight was fantastic and I spent much of the time chatting with the aft attendant. She even let me try one of the snack boxes which I don’t believe is offered on such a short flight.
Landing at DTW
Loved this -88
After a quick lunch and wandering around the terminal, I made my way to gate A9 and waited for her to arrive…
And here began the second and much anticipated part of my trip.
DC-9-41 Operated by:
N762NW was delivered new to SAS in 1969 and flew briefly under Thai International and Swissair colors before becoming a workhorse for Northwest. As I stated earlier, my previous DC-9 experience was not a pleasant one, and I did not expect the interior of this ship to be any better than the USAir one a decade prior. I was rather surprised to board a bright and clean aircraft with modern, large overhead bins. Nothing like my previous experience. My original seat was again in the aft, which I wanted specifically. When I got to the last row, I was greeted by an off-duty employee that wanted the row all to herself. She and the aft attendant bribed me with an empty exit row and free drink offer I couldn't refuse. And so, I settled in my seat and enjoyed the experience of this rare bird.
The flight was uneventful, I spent most of it looking out the window and trying not to look like a nut- snapping photographs of the cabin. I enjoyed my cocktail and extra legroom and before I knew it we were descending over Lake Pontchartrain. Landing was awesome with the roaring sound of the engines at full reverse thrust, something I rarely hear anymore. The crew was kind in letting me see the cockpit and take photos. Like my AA A300 flight the year prior, I’m glad I got to experience this classic aircraft right before its retirement.
767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2118 posts, RR: 23
Reply 3, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 8003 times:
Good report! Nice to be able to get a lot of space on an MD-88 .. We just returned from a trip on one from ATL-MSP. Christmas In NC With Delta (MSP-RDU, AVL-MSP) (by 767747 Jan 1 2011 in Trip Reports) They're very roomy! Looks like you had some nice flights .. I'll be sad too when Delta retires the last DC-9 .. I've flown on many of them!
It was my pleasure. I'd been sitting on this report since last August. Your feedback is appreciated.
Quoting 767747 (Reply 3): They're very roomy! Looks like you had some nice flights .. I'll be sad too when Delta retires the last DC-9 .. I've flown on many of them!
Indeed. Especially in that section behind the L2 door/aft galley. The flight attendant told me it's like having your own little office to relax, given it's empty.
Quoting mke717spotter (Reply 4): Nice trip report and pictures. I saw one of those DC-9-40s at MKE a couple of days ago, but I didn't realize that their retirement date was so close.
Thank you for the feedback. I rushed to get on one last summer because the rumor was that by fall they would be retired. After my flight I learned DL decided to keep them flying, to my understanding, well into 2011. So I was a bit surprised to see the retirement thread on here a few days ago. Next mission is the -50 which hopefully won't be as tricky.