First, this is not the normal "When will NW
get rid of their DC-9's" question.
I flew on two DC-9's this week - a DC9-30 from ATL
and a series -50 on the way home. The planes were in great shape and looked modern and nice on the inside. I checked in on the automatic kiosks in both ATL
and was given the opportunity to upgrade to First Class for $50, which I did. In fact, on the way to DTW
I sat next to a retired captain for NW
and we had a great conversation.
Anyway, in DTW
I noticed that many of the DC-9's were using thrust reversers to pull out of the gate (these were all the series 30, whereas the -50's had tugs - I don't know if that was by design or coincidence.) What are the pros and cons of using thrust reversers out of the gate? I have heard that there are some potential hazards.
By the way, NW
's new terminal at Detroit is really nice, modern, spacious, and clean.