I am not saying they should replace the seats.
I am simply saying replace the fabric to match that of the fabric on the WBC seats. At least on the 747-400s, which are the flagships of the fleet and at least on the international flights.
I am quite aware of the financial situation at Northwest. At the same time however, they are spending quite a bit of money on those new World Business Class seats. I did a market analysis on the passenger seat market in 2001, so I am well aware at how expensive those lie-flat seats are.
I would assume that these aircraft are being repainted during regular maintenance periods so the fabric in the economy class is likely to be changed regularly in order to address wear and tear.
I believe a swith to a simple, dark blue fabric with a less severe pattern would perform just as well in terms of hiding wear and tear and staining.
has not had the same fabric since 1989. I flew Northwest repeatedly in the early 1990s, on brand new 757s and A320s nonetheless, and the aircraft all had very different, maroon/red fabric scheme.
Indeed, there is a picture of a Northwest 747-400 interior on airliners.net taken in the mid-1990s that has the pre-blue/black/grey striped seating colors.
What I believe you meant to say is that Northwest has had the same exterior livery (until its recent livery change) since 1989.