767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1993 posts, RR: 24 Posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 8253 times:
April 14, 2006
Being a frequent Northwest Airlines traveler, I find the DC-9 to be a nice aircraft to fly on. Even though the legroom is not the best, it is still great to fly on such an old aircraft.
When I checked in, MSP was not very crowded. It was a clear, sunny day so most flights were leaving on-time.
Northwest Airlines #136
As I walked to gate G-15, I spotted a Northwest 747-400 heading to Tokyo-Narita.
G-16 was very crowded as a 757-200 was in the "oversold situation" for Memphis.
I continued to stroll down the G- Concourse and spotted a Fun Jet Vacations 737 heading to the runway. Where might this jet be going? I've never seen it at MSP before.
The NW 757-200 (on the right) was heading to Memphis, while an EMB-145 passes behind.
At about 4:50pm, the flight began to board and the DC-9 was only about 3/4 full this evening. The captain came on the PA to announce that we would have to wait a few extra minutes before departing, due to a busy O' Hare.
At about 5:25 we pushed back, and headed to the runway. After waiting for a company DC-9-30 to depart, we took off.
April 2006 NWA World Traveler magazine
The flight to ORD was 50 minutes, and it was nice to recieve a full beverage service. Being seated in #15B, I only had my drink for about 5 minutes, before the flight attendants came to collect the trash. Still, it was nice to get something.
We hit a little turbulence coming into O'Hare, and circled quite a bit before coming into land.
After touching down, we taxied over to E-11, and parked.
I didn't realize that the E-Concourse also had some United flights. I thought they just had use of Terminals C and D.
This Continental was getting ready to head to IAH.
April 17, 2006
Northwest Airlines #135
NWA check in at O' Hare took all of 5 minutes, and soon I was heading down the E- Concourse. Air Canada's new EMB-170 was boarding for Montreal, and a Continental 735 was getting ready for a flight to IAH.
United 737-500 (NC) heading to the runway:
Gate E-13 was empty, and didn't get busy until about 30 minutes prior to the flight.
The flight boarded around 2:05pm, and soon I was entering the aircraft. Every seat was taken in First Class, and coach began to fill quickly. At about 230pm, the door shut and we pushed back.
Taxi to the runway was short, and soon we were airborne to MSP. Flight time was estimated at 1 hr 3 mins, and it went very quickly. Again, a full beverage service was offered.
30 minutes out of MSP, we began our descent. As we passed downtown Minneapolis for arrival, it was amazing to see a CRJ-200 so close to us!
Oldman55 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1525 posts, RR: 30
Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 8228 times:
Nice report and Pics, belive it or not I went to school in Minneapolis and lived fairly close to that one lake in your pic, Lake Of the Isles right? I can also remember when NW used 747,s and DC10-s MSP-ORD. Those were the days.You could fly everything from 747,s down to Constellations without having to go all over the world to do it.
too bad most of us get too soon old and too late smart
767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1993 posts, RR: 24
Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 7907 times:
Quoting NWA757boy (Reply 5): I love the DC-9 as well and I am planning on taking some milage/segment runs this summer DTW-ORD-MSP-ORD-DTW all on the 9!
Thanks for the comment! I find the DC-9-50 has a little better legroom than the DC-9-30. I find it neat how there is no galley in the back, and just all the carts up in the front. Thus, the DC-9 front galley up in First Class is huge! It goes over to the area in front of seats #1A and #1B, as well as the area near door #1R.
Thanks for your comment! In my opinion, it seems to be fine. The last time I flew NW, which was about 3 weeks ago, the morale seemed a little lower. But on these past two flights, I found it to be pretty good.