Well I don't mind flying NW
's Boeing 747-200s across the ocean, but if NW
will keep them for a while and there are only six of them in the fleet, will it be a very expensive deal to at least change the WBC up to the new seats and update the interior a bit? That will keep the WBC passengers happened and no need to worry that they are stuck on the old WBC seats.
About Asian carriers being overrated, I don't agree... yes certain airlines, especially the second tier Asian airlines, offered a worst seat than UA
current J product. yes, the NH
's 777s are pretty annoying -- but NH
is going to use the New club ANA on the LAX
routes soon, and with more 773ERs coming on line, I am sure IAD
will be replaced with the new seats soon. But even on BR
, and OZ
, all airlines, except OZ
, have specific plans to replace their premium cabins soon. KE
will have the lie flat seats in J, and CI
has expanded the legroom of its J on Airbus A340s to 60" (and the two new Boeing 747-400s coming in 2005 will also come with the new Dynasty Supreme Class). BR
will expand its Premium Laurel class offerings too as the new Boeing 777LRs arriving next year. NW
will no longer really enjoy a distinctive advantage. Also service wise, I like NWA's new WBC and meals, but NW
F/As really have this bad disappearance act in between meals, and it will never offer the same personal service and high quality meals as other Asian airlines. Flying Asian airlines (and some European airlines to some extent) is a very different experience and Asian F/As are just more attentive and care more about passengers. The cultural and attitude difference is the great... we have lots of discussions here about different between Asian and US F/As -- maybe it is the pay scale, the union, or the general societal attitude towards F/As as a career (in Asia, F/As are more admirable job...) or various reasons...
Anyway I feel like I am slightly off topic -- but anyway, NWA fleet plan looks good but I guess all of us will just appreciate maybe a little bit of update on the interior and installing the new WBC seats on the 742s, if they will be out for a while. If the 742s remain on the holiday routes, like HNL
, I will understand why NWA does not want to waste money on changing the WBC, but if 742s are still seen on the NRT
route, they should at least do something. LAX
route is not low yield and NWA has a loyal Japanese following... and there are lots of competitions...