NW’s highest priority is to replace its widebody fleet. By year’s end, all but two of its B742 (flying SEA
) will be parked; it’s likely those two B742 will be join the others in permanent retirement (from passenger service) sometime next year. The DC-10 fleet will likely be phased out by late 2005.
For the interim, the B744, A330 and DC-10 (until retirement) fleets will be utilized more (currently, NW
’s B742 fleet is only lightly used). A320 will take over more flights within Asia, and B753 will likely take over West Coast – Hawaii flying. In the long term, NW
will place a modest
(re: about 20 planes) order for either the A345/A346 or B772/B773. Don’t expect a large order, and don’t expect any additions (other than perhaps two planes) to the B744 fleet.
Once the widebody fleet is overhauled, NW
will consider its options for DC-9 replacement. At this point, the company has almost completely leveraged itself out, so a large order is probably unlikely.
I think most airliners.net users will be mightily disappointed… it’s likely the DC-9 will be replaced with A319 and CRJ and a large B717/A318/EMB19X order will never happen… sorry!