Rust bucket? Hardly, some of the best maintained aircraft in the world belong to NWA, show me another airline that can operate the aircraft NWA does with such a high dispatch and ontime reliabilty rate!!
Return to the gate 5 out of 7 days for MX (I assume you mean maintainence?) I keep tabs on flight 36 out of IAD every couple of days because it is a flight I used to spot a lot back in my days as a virginian...The results...the flight leaves the gate early almost every day and if it does leave late its a couple of minutes late out of IAD and 15-60 minutes early into AMS.
I have flown NW 36 several times and each time we have left the gate between 15 minutes early and ontime and arrived in AMS between 60 minutes early and ontime.
Sure, the DC10 lacks the modern conviences that some now require such as PTVs and winged headrests, and they do have the dreaded 2-5-2 configuration..so go ahead and fly UA with their 2-5-2 777 IAD-AMS and wait until the A330-300 rolls in next year with 2-4-2 seating, ondemand PTVs etc etc etc.
I just don't understand why we beat the DC10 topic to death on here. NW has been so smart to keep the DC10s that they own around and carefully replace their fleet so as not to plugne themselves into bankruptcy. NEW AIRPLANES ARE ON THE WAY IN LESS THAN A YEAR TO REPLACE THEM>>>WHAT ELSE IS THERE TO SAY....other than if I had to fly an IAD-AMS trip right now you had better believe it would be on Northwest Airlines and on their DC10-30 (that are just a couple of years older than beloved CO757-200s making their transatlantic runs)!!
A new plane coming every 2 weeks...Now more than ever,
FLY THE RED TAILS!!!