airbus_330_340
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Northwest's NRT Hub

Sat Aug 18, 2001 2:55 pm

I have recently read that with the addition of more 757s of both the -200 and -300 variety that Northwest is eager to expand its NRT hub with more flights (not all 747s as they currently are). I was wondering if their 757s -200s and -300s (on order) are ETOPS capable and if some of the A330s will operate out of Tokyo?
 
DatamanA340
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RE: Northwest's NRT Hub

Sat Aug 18, 2001 3:30 pm

I think that doesn't make sense.

330 can hardly serve NRT-SFO or NRT-MSP, even by 332. NW's 333 can serve only NRT-HNL and 757 cannot.

And for NRT's 2nd runway, I heard it hardly serves 757 or 767-sized airplanes.
 
airbus_330_340
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RE: Northwest's NRT Hub

Sat Aug 18, 2001 3:39 pm

The 757s and possibly A330s will be used for expansion of NWA's domestic asian network, not flights to the USA
 
Red Panda
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RE: Northwest's NRT Hub

Sat Aug 18, 2001 4:30 pm

If NWA really using 757 at NRT hub, they would probably use it to fly to some smaller cities(rountes that has less traffic) such as Jakarta, SGN, HAN etc.

just my opinion // r panda
 
XFSUgimpLB41X
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RE: Airbus_330_340

Sat Aug 18, 2001 4:48 pm

That couldnt be farther from wrong. The 757-300's will be used domestically only(rumor has it that if USairways gets broken up that NW will buy the Philly hub and get 757-200ER's and fly point to point in europe though). The A333's will only be used for the european and indian routes.
Chicks dig winglets.
 
flyua
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RE: Northwest's NRT Hub

Sat Aug 18, 2001 4:50 pm

In recent NW employee newsletters I've been shown by my NW contacts, there are indeed plans to either replace or expand current 747 intra-Asia service with *narrowbody* aircraft. (Isn't the new B757-300 the most likely candidate?)

With the current state of the U.S. and Japanese economies, wouldn't you expect NW to be more interested in replacing rather than expanding? Details are supposedly forthcoming by the end of the year.

In this year's NW annual report there was a mini-map of the big plans for expansion now underway at NRT. NW and KLM will be sharing a very large new Satellite 3 with about three times the gate space of the old, now demolished terminal. I believe the final construction should be completed by 2004, with no slow-down due to economic conditions anticipated.

Also, I've heard the very sad news that -- for the first time in Japan -- NW will be furloughing a good deal of their hard-working, dedicated ground staff and ISR flight attendants. Apparently the KIX base of ISRs will cut by 2/3rds. Also, all MNL-based regional flight attendants will be furloughed and their base will be shuttered.

...As rabid a UA fan as I am, I take no pleasure in hearing of the loss of these excellent NW overseas employees. I wish the affected staff and their families the very best in future. Hopefully they will be back on board very soon....
 
MAS777
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RE: Northwest's NRT Hub

Sat Aug 18, 2001 7:01 pm

NWA may return to Kuala Lumpur with a narrowbody feeder into NRT once their current KUL-KIX DC10 service goes next month. However, they are also exploring a wide-ranging code-share with Malaysia Airlines which may mean it may not have to operate its own aircraft into KUL at all.

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