hartsfieldboy
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Why Does Northwest Have A Major Facility At Atl?

Tue Aug 27, 2002 8:59 pm

Northwest has a large operations/maintenance facility at ATL. What made NW go with ATL for all this? They have a good 13 or more flights daily out of ATL, but wouldn't it have made more sense to have a facility at one of the their hubs? Or maybe they already have them at MSP and DTW? Don't get me wrong, I'm glad they are at ATL, I'm just wondering why. Also, how often do their 747s go to ATL?
 
TriStar500
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RE: Why Does Northwest Have A Major Facility At Atl?

Tue Aug 27, 2002 9:13 pm

I think it has to do with one of their mergers during the 70's or 80's. One of the bigger DC-9 operators, which was alagamated with NW, had its maintenance facilities at ATL. This is the reason why AFAIK major overhaul for this type is also undertaken here.
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RE: Why Does Northwest Have A Major Facility At Atl?

Tue Aug 27, 2002 9:25 pm

That facility you see was actually the ops and maintenance building for
Southern Airways. They were formed in 1946 and flew routes from Memphis and Atlanta. On July 1, 1979 Southern Airways was merged with North Central Airlines of Minneapolis and Republic Airlines was born. At the time of the merger, Southern operated DC-9s and metroliners. In 1973 Southern purchased several of the original Delta DC-9s that were some of the first off the production line. In October 1980, Republic purchased Hughes Airwest(Another DC-9 operator) and then Republic was absorbed by Northwest in October 1986.
 
GARUDAROD
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RE: Why Does Northwest Have A Major Facility At Atl?

Wed Aug 28, 2002 12:09 am



Except for a rare charter, NWA B747s never come to ATL,
Their maintenance is done at either MSP, DTW or occasionally HKG.
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travatl
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RE: Why Does Northwest Have A Major Facility At Atl?

Wed Aug 28, 2002 1:02 am

The maintenance center at ATL handles DC9 aircraft only.

Travis