This thread is kind of funny to me being an NWA employee of over 14 years.
What we all should know by now is that NWA is financially conservative.
NWA only buys things that will make them money.
NWA has a huge cargo business. Twelve freighters. Plus the mainline fleet.
NWA's safety record speaks for itself. So having the newest "airplane" of the day is not in their vocabulary if the old one is paid for and is not a safety risk. Kind of gives me some job security too.
I have been on other airlines jets. While all NWA jets are not always what some may say as "white glove" clean. I would put NWA jets up against any airlines aircraft any day.
Everyone knocks the DC10. The only thing I can see is that the middle seat syndrome would drive some crazy across the pound. However, as far as the first off the line 767's, with the same video systems ect. Give me a DC10 anyday. It is always fun to sit in the flight deck and see us zzzzoooooommmmm past a 767.
The new A330 I think is superior to the 767's that I personally have been on. The cabin is wider and the passenger amenities are the best one can get at the moment. Heck, we even warm rolls in Main Cabin. But for those of you that have flown the A330 and get frustrated at the AVOD system. Press the button once. Think Dial up. Not DSL.
On a final note. If you knock NWA for not getting a 767, remember this. NWA has had for years and continues to have the highest load factor of the legacy U.S. airlines. It just did not fit the fleet requirements of the company from a passenger/route point or cargo. Again. NWA (thank God) only buys things that make them money. Also, never offers a service people are not willing to pay for.
Safe Flying All
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