Is there any truth to the rumour that Boeing will be either lending or providing free-of-charge 3 B717s to Northwest Airlines in efforts to woo them?
NWA is replacing their DC-10s with A330s (delivery to begin sometime this or next year, I think...) But they have yet to decide what aircraft will replace their aging DC9s (some of which date back to 1966!) I'm guessing Boeing is aiming to get back some NWA business, as NWA has been snapping up A319/320s for some time now, and soon to take delivery of the A330s. Other than the B752, B753, B742, and B744, I'm not aware of any other Boeings that NWA operates (save the 727s which will soon be gone.)
Is the Airbus A318 also an alternative to replace the DC9? Any ideas? NWA is such a cost-minded airline, and has always, in my opinion, preferred Airbus in latter years due to their signifigantly lower price tags. (I could be way off on this assumption.)
Am I the only one hearing this? This came via chats with NWA employees only at MSP (where I work.)