's B742 fleet will likely be phased out (from passenger service) within two years, while the DC-10s will be retired by 2006. That's a total of 40 planes being replaced with 24 (that isn't exactly a fair statment, since B753 will likely take over SEA
and A320s most flights within Asia). Thus, aircraft utilization will be high (utilization of the B742 has been low for awhile) and scheduling tight... this doesn't leave a lot of room for expansion. And any new transatlantic destinations will come from DTW
may get FRA
in a few years (when things pick-up) though.
never acquired the B767 because they weren't happy with its cargo performance... remember: NW
first purchased the A330/A340 in the late 1980s.