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One Day NW Run: MCO-DTW-STL-MSP-MCO With DC-9-10!  
User currently offlineDazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5489 posts, RR: 51
Posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 4212 times:

06MAY04
NW 433 MCO-DTW
B757-300 N590NW
Seat 38A

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Departure time was 8:10am, and I got to the gate about an hour before. On the board they announced they needed voulenteers. Because I was flying for the heck of it today, I went up and asked when I would get into STL. The best she could do for me was 3:30pm which I couldn’t do, oh well, I didn’t need a free ticket anyways  Big grin We began boarding about 30 mins prior to departure, pre-boarding took several minutes as we had about 8 wheelchairs and an isle chair. After pre-boarding, First Class, Elites, finally general boarding was called. As I was walking down the jetway I heard an obnoxtous woman behind me….I just HAD that feeling she was gonna be next to me. I took my seat and watched her try to match the numbers and letters on her boarding card with the ones on the plane. ABC side of row 38 was missing ‘row 38’, and that threw her off big time. She loudy said she’d just sit on DEF side until someone made her move. Someone behind me pointed out that the row of seats next to her were also ‘row 38’, and of course the inevitable happened, she sat next to me. Right off the bat she started messing with the a/c, then with mine with her smokers voice (she only looked to be in her mid 30s) “WANT SOME AIR?!”. A tall woman was walking down the isle and she loudy wispers to me “I WONDER IF THAT’S A MAN OR WOMAN AH HAHA”. I just laughed….I knew I was in for it now! We pushed back on time with a nice smoky start up of the engines. We started taxiing out and crazy was getting annoyed with the little girl kicking her seat (she had to tell us when she wasn’t happy I guess), so she turns around “SWEETIE CAN YOU STOP KICKING ME, THANKS”. I think she was too young to even know what she was doing. Take off was a typical 757 take-off, we were full so it was a little bit longer of a take-off roll….which is always fun. They offered meals for purchase on this flight. I remember one was a $7 cucumber and turkey? sandwich with some extras, but I opted for the $5 ham and cheese croissant with wheat thins, fruit and oat meal bar, and strawberry apple sauce. After they came around with food for purchase they handed out granola bars and drinks. Picky @ss next to me didn’t want the whole can, but the F/A said to take it anyways. She drank about a cup, and stopped one of the F/A’s as she was going to get something and told her to take it because she didn’t want to hold it anymore. The seats on NW suck, I’m sorry. The leg room is horrible, and the seats seem hard (they don’t look all that thick either). The 757-300 cabin is nice, ‘777’ style. It didn’t seem as long as I thought it would be, but still a nice ride. Since there is no IFE at all, I decided to take a nap to get away from my neighbor haha. I woke up just as we started to decend into DTW. The decent into the airport seemed to take forever, but we finally touched down ontime. I’ve never been to DTW, but all I have to say about the new concourse is WOW! HUGE flat screen TV’s mounted all over, express tram inside. Very very nice, I was impressed!

06MAY04
NW 1129 DTW-STL
DC-9-51 N760NC
Seat 21F

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Another full flight, and we were held up 10 minutes because of a late arriving flight. 10 minutes turned out to be about 25 because the F/O’s headset was broke. We pushed back under our own power, which is always cool, and made our way out to the runway. We took off and for about 5 minutes the engines made a horrid moaning and groaning sound, but I think they cut the power a bit and it stopped. The flight was about an hour and 15 minutes and was a smooth flight. F/A’s came around with beverages and pretzels. The seats didn’t seem as bad as the 757-300, and my knees weren’t hitting the back as much. The interior still looked good since they did the remodeling years back. We landed on 30R and used ALL of the runway.

06MAY04
NW 1466 STL-MSP
DC-9-14 N8911E
Seat 14F


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After a 4 hour layover and a nice lunch with my grandparents I went back through security and headed to my gate where the old steam engine awaited, the DC-9-10! I purposely booked this trip to be on this flight ($99 plux tax wasn’t bad R/T!). I boarded and took my seat 14F. Man was this thing tiny! Only 12 rows in coach, and 5 in First. The interior was updated, it was hard to tell this thing was around 38 years old. Once again it was a full flight. We pushed back on time and headed out for departure. We did a turn and burn as we headed on the runway and those engines blasted away. Climb out was smooth, but I didn’t expect those engines to be THAT loud . It’s hard to describe, more like a chainsaw/buzzsaw combination. I watched the F/A in First have to put his hand by his ear just so he could hear the drink order, pretty funny! I chatted with the cute girl next to me for a bit, it was more like a yelling match. F/A came around with drinks. Before I knew it we were starting our decent, with some small bumps outside MSP, but it was pretty clear once we landed. Landing was great, especially with the thrust-reversers blasting away. Everybody deplaned and I stayed on to grab a few cockpit shots, the crew once again was very nice and we chatted a bit. They weren’t sure when the -10 series was going from the fleet. Overall, a really cool experience to fly on this plane. Even thought it was loud as hell, I didn’t want it to end.

06MAY04
NW 576 MSP-MCO
B757-300 N592NW
Seat 43F

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Not much to say about this flight. Wasn’t completely full, and luckily I was in the back. This was a big time Mickey Mouse flight, lots of screaming kids in the mid cabin, but the small cabin in the back with 8 rows was pretty peaceful. Could see our contrail from back here! We landed in MCO 20 minutes early and headed to the gate. It took about 15 mins for us in the back to get off the plane.

All of the cabin crew on my flights seemed to be very happy and friendly, and big plus there. I just wish the leg room on those 757-300’s was better, what a nice plane it is though . Definitely fly the DC-9-10 before it’s gone, what a ride!


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User currently offlineA340600 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 4105 posts, RR: 52
Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 4009 times:

Cheers, i'm British and don't often read US domestic t/r's but the DC-9-10, i couldn't resist Big grin

Nice report Big thumbs up

Cheers

Sam Smile



Despite the name I am a Boeing man through and through!
User currently offlineScottysAir From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3965 times:

Hey Justin,

Those are very nice trip report and I did not know you were went to STL for your last ride on the DC-9 and next time that you need to write email to me, ok? We still need to know about of you and did you take a picture inside with the cabin shot yet?


User currently offlineDazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5489 posts, RR: 51
Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3936 times:

Nope, no cabin shot, sorry  Sad

Justin


User currently offlineDelta767300ER From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2562 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 3847 times:

That is a very nice Trip Report. I am glad you got to get on the DC-9-10 before they are retired (Which could be awhile). I think I am going to fly that same route and I will try to grab some cabin shots.

-Delta767300ER


User currently offlineScottysAir From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 3797 times:

Oh yes, you are!! I'm guess that if you want take a pic inside with cabin shot.

User currently offlineTrident2e From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 2 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3730 times:

Great report. I'm very envious of your ride on a DC9-10!

User currently offlineIndustrialPate From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 2 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3659 times:

The seats on NW suck, I’m sorry. The leg room is horrible, and the seats seem hard (they don’t look all that thick either).

Respectfully, I find your statement and comments to be interesting. The DC-9, not the B757, have the “slimline” seating… and generally, I (as well as most other travelers) find the DC-9 to have the most uncomfortable seating among NW’s mainline aircraft.

That said, I’m curious as to which airline you think offers a ‘comfortable’ economy class. I usually place my belongings in the overhead bins as opposed to under the seat – this always provides me a modest degree of comfort, and negates the two/three extra inches of legroom that AA and UA sometimes offer. Yet I’ve never flown on an airline that didn’t have me spending the next 20-minutes after my flight digging my underwear out of my butt.

From my experiences with the new ‘hi-tech’ seats, you just can’t win… DL’s (the slimine on, for example, the B764) can be very comfortable for sleeping – until the person in front of you reclines. The same applies to UA (which are the hardest IMO).

I just don’t think there’s such thing as a ‘comfortable’ economy class… perhaps if you’re into widebodies or PTVs, those factors can negate others in your mind but for me… if I’m not up front, I’m not happy!!


User currently offlineScottysAir From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (10 years 2 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3632 times:

I am sure about Justin was very good flight to DTW & STL.

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