I was confirmed on NW1265 from MSY to MSP yesterday morning, 8/8. The equipment was scheduled to be a DC-9-30. I arrived at the airport terminal at around 5:30am, and waited in line for maybe 10 minutes if that. I had seat 10A, but luckily, I got upgraded to First, seat 1D, with the aisle seat next to me open. Boarding started promptly at about 6:40am, right after another aircraft (DC9-40) pushed back for Memphis. The flight is listed at about 2 hours and 46 minutes, but it is usually a little less than that. We took off to the north after waiting for a CO 757-300 and a WN 737-700 depart. About thirty minutes after takeoff, we were offered a choice for breakfast: cereal and an assortment of fruit, or eggs and potatoes. I took the eggs, and lemme tell ya, it was A LOT of food for domestic F-class (eggs, sausage, potatoes, a bagel, and some fruit). I had a few glasses of OJ and enjoyed the entusiastic Northwest service. The DC9-30 was fairly full....they had 6 passengers in first class, and they seemed to have around 70 or so in coach...not too bad for a Thursday morning departure. We touched down in MSP at 9:40am, and were at the gate shortly thereafter. I used to not be a fan of DC-9's, but NW has really done a great job with theirs. The flight gets an A overall....very smooth, warm service, and early!
After spending the morning and early afternoon in MSP, and after seeing several 747's land and depart, I returned to the airport to catch flight 618, the 3:20pm departure to DTW. Aircraft: B757-200. The flight was totally full, a few odd seats open here and there. I had seat 29F, trailing edge of the wing. A DC10 going to MKE was parked next to us. We pushed back on time, departed quickly. The flight was only 1 hour and 15 minutes in length, and it was a scenic one, passing over Lake Michigan. Nary a cloud in the sky. After enjoying a Diet 7UP, it was just about time to land. We touched down right after a 747-400, and parked at gate A64.
I was totally blown away with how nice the new WorldGateway at Detroit is. I thought it was remarkable actually. Last time I was there was in 97, when they were still using that old terminal. The new one is much better, and that's an understatement. Anyway, agter making a couple of calls and watching a KLM 747-300 load for AMS, I headed to gate A46 to catch flight 1475 nonstop to New Orleans.The aircraft, a DC-9-40, had originated earlier in JFK. This flight was packed...full in both classes. I got seat 5A luckily. The flight was scheduled for 2 hours and 19 minutes, but we did it in 2:05. I drank 2 Diet 7UP's, took a nap, and before I knew, I heard the initial approach anouncement. We landed on MSY's runway 1, coming in low over the marshlands and the Mississippi River, which had abundant ocean-going freighters anchored. Smooth touch down, a little heavy on the breaks, but all in all, a great flight.
I have to go back to MSP next week, probably on 1265 again, not sure the flights on the return.
Stephen in New Orleans