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Flying The Northwest DC10 And KLM A330 (Pics+Vids)  
User currently offlineMEL From Canada, joined Oct 1999, 1099 posts, RR: 13
Posted (8 years 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 17977 times:

Hi everyone. I have created this trip report on my website, so that I can edit it, if required. So click on the link for the full report.


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User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11673 posts, RR: 60
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 17904 times:

Nice report there Matt, boy I'm looking forwards to my trip on the 10 even more now. Pics were really great, can I be so bold as to ask what the settings were on the Cockpit shot of the DC10? I am hoping to have one last chance at getting a really memorable pic on Friday biggrin 

Dan Smile

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User currently offlineUsair320 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 991 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 17775 times:

Nice report! Sad to see those NW DC-10's go.  Sad

User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8564 posts, RR: 54
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 17763 times:
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Great report & photo's, many thanks.

I'm glad I got some 10 flights under my belt a few years ago, have actually flown all 3 pax models, -10.-30 & -40  Smile

What a result getting Business on both transatlantic segments, it's not the food that matters, it's the space.



User currently offlineRogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 17651 times:


Great report... I've truly enjoyed, awsome trip, great pictures and videos.

By the way, last summer I got to travel AMS-YUL on KL and the first leg was a MD-11 while the return was a B772. Very similar feelings to yours.

Just one tip, next time skip the fish and go for the guinea, a lot better  Wink

All the best!

Rogerbcn  wave 

"At reise er at leve" H.C. Andersen (Travelling is Living)
User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1956 posts, RR: 24
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 17607 times:
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Excellent report! Wow, the pictures are so clear! Glad you had some good flights. The food served to you on KLM looks really good!

Looking forward to more reports!


User currently offlineUK_Dispatcher From United Arab Emirates, joined Dec 2001, 2595 posts, RR: 30
Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 17554 times:

Excellent report & pics as always.

I too travelled MEM-AMS on the DC10 recently - it will be on one of the next installments of RTW my trip report. I did the same as you and notched up the DC9 in the same trip.

Keep up the good work!

User currently offlineRyan h From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 1560 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (8 years 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 17351 times:

Great report.

Liked watching the videos from Amsterdam. I am hoping to go there next year.

South Australian Spotter
User currently offlineLfutia From Netherlands, joined Dec 2002, 3349 posts, RR: 31
Reply 8, posted (8 years 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 17308 times:
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Sweet trip report! I've always enjoyed your trip reports! I've also enjoyed flying KLM and Northwest. Both have good service.


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User currently offlineGCDEG From Greece, joined Jan 2006, 352 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (8 years 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 17291 times:

Really really good trip report!! Pictures were outstanding! So too were the videos. The DC-10 looks great but very outdated. I suppose there isn't much point in refurbishing them if they're being slowly phased out. You're right when you said -

"We were happy to see that our DC-10 was in old colours. I think it makes the flight more nostalgic or something... if you are flying a plane in "old colours" especially when they are getting ready for retirement."

The DC-9 cabin also looks great for it's age. Very bright.

Look forward to more reports from you!


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User currently offlineJ-bird From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 109 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 17191 times:

Great report... and you're right. That is a totally bizarre howling noise. I've never heard anything like that either... I am very curious whether anyone here has a guess as to what it is. Thanks again for the report.

User currently offlineAaden From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 835 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 16959 times:

great trip report! excells in every area

User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1692 posts, RR: 30
Reply 12, posted (8 years 1 week 2 days ago) and read 16546 times:


Excellent pictures documenting your trip-report: well done !!!

Glad to read you've enjoyed the World Business Class of NWA/KLM  Smile

Hope to see some more trippies of your hand real soon...

don't throw away tomorrow !
User currently offlineKSYR From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 16454 times:

Excellent report...definately one of the best that I have ever seen. Really loved the shot of Greenland and of the A330 approach into YVR!

Keep up the great work!

User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 14, posted (8 years 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 16351 times:

Mel, yet again, another amazing report. Big grin

Will be sad to see the D10s go  Sad


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User currently offlineArdian From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 546 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (8 years 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 16192 times:

Nice tripreport. You really think the A320 in MP's old colors is ugly  wink  ? I've seen worse, but I'm not so fond of it either. The new colorscheme is far better in my opinion. Glad to hear you had a comfortable flight on KL (the meal looks quite tasty).

User currently offlineZRHnerd From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (8 years 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 15348 times:

Great report, the A330 is such a lovely plane to fly on.

Ow ye, how lucky can you get? Big grin

User currently offlineEIN145 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (8 years 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 15340 times:

Just fantastic. I really enjoyed reading the report and the pics/vids.

User currently offlineWN230 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 341 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (8 years 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 15186 times:

So nice of you to share the DC-10 experience with us. Sad that they are being retired as I have never flown in one  Sad
Pics and the details made for a gr8 report. Thanks for taking the time to share it with us. Big grin


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User currently offlineFlying Belgian From Belgium, joined Jun 2001, 2396 posts, RR: 9
Reply 19, posted (8 years 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 15125 times:
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Waouuuuwww !! I've never seen such a nicely arranged trip report !!!

Congratulations !!


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User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4275 posts, RR: 51
Reply 20, posted (8 years 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 15076 times:

Just great! This report is well written, and your clear pictures are very pleasant to look at. WBC is a good way to travel, having experienced this several times on KL now too. I also should give the A330 a try soon.


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User currently onlineAmerican 767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3888 posts, RR: 12
Reply 21, posted (8 years 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 15005 times:

Great report! I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and looking at the pictures, especially giving tribute to the DC-10 near it's retirement. Yes sure the A330 must be a great aircraft to fly on, I have no doubt about that, but right now I would rather choose to fly on an old 10 because it will be too late very soon! It is now or never.
Once again, great job Smile.

Ben Soriano
Brussels Belgium

Ben Soriano
User currently offlineMEL From Canada, joined Oct 1999, 1099 posts, RR: 13
Reply 22, posted (7 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 13706 times:

Sorry for the late reply:

Camera Settings for the DC10 cockpit shot were:
ISO 400 // Shutter Speed 1/60sec // Apeture 4.0 // at 17mm

Yeah, Martinair A320s, IMHO, look like shit. The livery totally doesn't suit the aircraft.

Thanks for the awesome comments

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User currently offlineMack8994 From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 59 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 12915 times:

Howdy, awesome trip report... I ended up reading all the other ones. Looking forward to the next ones.



Courage is the power to let go of the familiar!
User currently offlineMCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8683 posts, RR: 16
Reply 24, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 12892 times:


One of the best TR's I have read.


Never be afraid to stand up for who you are.
25 JamesJimlb : why did you fly all the way to amsterdam just to fly on an md-10? you fly a long flight to amsterdam wait 5 hours fly a long flight back home? i don't
26 Lfutia : I would of done the same thing if I was him! I love Amsterdam! It's definitely a great airport to stopover in! Leo
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