My experience of Northwest is limited to a weekend, although 'limited' may not be true cos it included three trans-Atlantic crossings and a transcontinental flight as well. I flew to Boston on the Friday (dep LGW 1100 arr BOS 1300), which I mentioned on another thread here the other day ('Have You Ever Had A 747 To Yourself?') - it was a really good flight due to the fact that there were about twenty people on board. It's nice to have a centre section of four to yourself to lie on but three by the window is a very rare treat. I slept with my head on the outboard armrest for a few hours, and when I woke up, I only had to rearrange my head on the pillow slightly to watch the glaciers of Greenland slide past. Aw, it was pretty spesh, I can tell you. I remember that the cabin crew only did a drinks service with each of the two meals - the rest of the time you had to go to the galleys which were kind of like bars in as much as there was a fitted bar surface between the two (forward and rear) halves of the galley (where there would normally be a cross-aisle type thing) and you had to walk up and ask one of the flight attendents inside the galley (it looked more like a hutch to me) for a Coke or whatever. Call bells were completely ignored. Landing was fun, the weather was appalling and the captain warned us we would do a low pass and if we couldn't land we'd go to JFK. My travelling companion is not a good flier and kept tapping on the glass (on the other side of which was boiling black cloud) and saying, "There could be another plane right out there." Cheers.
Left Boston Saturday night (2130) and arrived back at Gatwick in darkness at 0730. That flight was good up until I opened the airsickness bag as my food arrived, since I use them to put all the wrappings etc in. Unfortunately someone had actually used it on the previous flight to throw up in (just a little). My meal went back untouched, bleugh. Other than that it was a good flight in a really old plane, fast too - four hours fifty BOS-LGW. On arrival I went out to the long-term carpark, unloaded my winter stuff and went straight back into the terminal to check in for the Minneapolis flight (dep about 1100) - final destination LA. It was pretty funny cos I was asked the security questions and had my hand-luggage searched by the same security guard who had seen me onto a trans-Atlantic (Boston) flight the morning before last. This caused quite a stir, although not sufficiently to get me upgraded to Business Class (which had been my aim, and I think, my right, hoho). So I was back on the SAME PLANE that I had flown from Boston in, taxiing out again. I was asleep before we reached the runway, and woke up in mid flight with my head almost on the shoulder of a US Marine sitting next to me. Gross. The rest of the flight was really nice as we flew due south towards Minneapolis, all the farms and towns covered in snow, then a flight right past the city and onto the runway. It looks like a really nice city, good place for a hub. Anyway, the final leg to LAX was on a brand-new A320, completely different character to the trans-Atlantic fleet of 20 year-old 747-100s. Perfect flight in all respects except it was my first ever non-smoking flight and I felt a bit dizzy by the time we landed in LA just after dark. (Then I left LA at 11.30 pm on United's nonstop 747-400 to Sydney, which was a great flight in as much as I slept thirteen of the fifteen hours.)
I had a great adventure with Northwest. The 747 Classic is my favourite plane so to fly three trans-Atlantic flights in three days was really cool. If only US carriers were allowed jump seat riders for civilians, still, excellent airline.
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