m404
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Additional NWA Freighters?

Wed Oct 27, 2004 7:06 pm

Will NW need to add to the 12 B747s in freighter service to get the lift for the newly awarded Shanghai service? If so, what is being done to accomodate that need? Are ships already purchased? Desert fleet utlized? If not, what service, if any, will be decreased to fit schedule?
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e7plnr
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RE: Additional NWA Freighters?

Wed Oct 27, 2004 8:20 pm

The plan is to add two additional freighters to the fleet.

Two current passanger 747-200...6631 and 6632 will be converted to freighters. This coversion will begin Jan 05. The conversions will take place at IAI or in China (Boeing).

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na
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RE: Additional NWA Freighters?

Wed Oct 27, 2004 8:24 pm

NW has said they´re planning to convert some of its own 747-200s into freighters. That was, however, some time ago, and nothing has happened since.
For instance the relatively new ship N636US, built in 1986 and therefore in a perfect conversion age, has been parked since early this year. But nothing happened so far with it. NWA has about 8 742s parked in Mojave, only a few of them are to old for a conversion, having been built in 1971/72. Most of these parked aircraft were built in 1979.
Maybe NWA is about to change strategy in the light of skyhigh fuel-prices? The only other secondhand choice from 2006 on would be converted 744s.
 
supa7E7
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RE: Additional NWA Freighters?

Wed Oct 27, 2004 10:24 pm

Maybe they will use their DC-10s. Why not put a McD product to work? They are not even 35 years old yet.  Smile
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m404
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RE: Additional NWA Freighters?

Thu Oct 28, 2004 6:41 am

E7plnr

Exactly what I was looking for. Amazing how many times this question has been asked in some oblique form or another but yours was first specific answer I've seen. After looking at your "respected by" list I'm not even going to ask for clarification. Good show. Keep us informed of program changes as I assume this will put any programs on the back burner up a notch.

Thanks Again
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Foxy
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RE: Additional NWA Freighters?

Thu Oct 28, 2004 6:48 am

Perhaps they'll convert the DC-9's into freighters
 
NWAFA
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RE: Additional NWA Freighters?

Thu Oct 28, 2004 6:50 am

There are plans for two 747-200's that will be converted over in January, there is talk now that they may add an additional 2 (total of 4).
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Leneld
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RE: Additional NWA Freighters?

Thu Oct 28, 2004 7:05 am

Any plans on reinstating cargo flight out of Seattle?
 
redtailmsp
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RE: Additional NWA Freighters?

Thu Oct 28, 2004 9:21 am

No plans for SEA in the immediate future except for possible peak season flights carrying cherries to NRT. Consolidating on LAX/ORD/CVG/JFK in the short term - but obviously they can change/add markets to suit demand. The extra freighters that will be converted - 6631/6632 as mentioned earlier -will probably be used for future increases in frequencies. I have heard about a possible two more as well, but as NWA didn't get all the frequencies they wanted from PVG, this may be on the back burner for a while.
 
KYIPpilot
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RE: Additional NWA Freighters?

Thu Oct 28, 2004 10:35 am

A good questioned was asked above; why won't NW convert their DC-10's to freight? They do remarkably well as cargo haulers.
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redtailmsp
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RE: Additional NWA Freighters?

Thu Oct 28, 2004 11:36 am

Not sure about that YIP. If they flew DC10 freighters, they would end up with two sets of crews and all the scheduling headaches associated with that. Plus the cross-loading possibilities that are offered in ANC would be more limited with DC10s versus all 747s.

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