Flybynight, How is the fleet age the most interesting topic about NW
. What else is there to know. So, for the record:
has the one of the most flexible fleet in the industry.
-22% of their fleet consists of 80-119 seat category aircraft, whereas the industry average for this same category is 5%. The recent trend has been for aircraft with this seating capacity.
DC-9s are completely paid for! Nothing owed. They pay for themselves. Why spend billions replacing a fleet and running the airline towards bankruptcy when you can have a safe, reliable, profitable aircraft.
-Northwest's fleet excluding the DC-9s averages 9.7 years, whereas the rest of the industry averages 10 years old, and growing older. Look for NW
's fleet to start looking younger than the other majors, because it will be a while before new orders are taken and delivered to AA
will be retiring the DC-9-10s by the end of next year.
's oldest DC-10-30 is N229NW was built in 1972, making the a/c aprox. 31 years old.
's youngest DC-10-30s are N244NW/243NW and were built in 1988, making those aircraft about 15 years old(younger than some 762.
's fleet currently consists of 16 747-400s, 12 747-200s, 12 747-200Fs (freighters), 4 A-330-300s, 22 DC-10-30s, 16 757-300s, 56 757-200s, 76 A-320s, 65 A-319s, 35 DC-9-50s, 12 DC-9-40s, 112 DC-9-30s, and8 DC-9-10s. The Jet Airlink fleet consists of 36 RJ85s, and 70 CRJs.
will be taking delivery of the following aircraft the next few years, 10 A-330-300s,10 A-330-200s, 8 A-320s, 12 A-319s, and 59 CRJs.
has options for 2 747-400s, 36 A-330-300s, 16 757-300s, 18 A-320s, and 29 A-319s. In the Jetlink fleet, NW
has options for 175 CRJs.
-There are 551 aircraft in the NW
fleet, 331 are owned, 220 are leased.
-99 aircraft are going to be delivered over the next few years.
-Most pax cannot tell the difference between a CRJ-MD80-DC9 or a 737! Maybe 2% of travelers on a DC-9 actually know how old the a/c is. And it is not like an old A/c is a bad thing. An aging fleet does not affect NW
DOES NOT HAVE INTENTIONS TO
REPLACE D9S WITH 717S AT
The New American is arriving.