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NW 727-51

Mon Nov 01, 2004 9:25 am

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This is a pretty rare picture, eh? I'd never seen a 727-51 in NW's 1990's scheme until I found this picture at IND. How many -51's did they have at this time, and how many other aircraft in their fleet at that time made it into these colors? When did these -51's finally leave the fleet? Interesting also how the KLM/NW alliance icon is missing, though I'm sure they weren't in partnership yet...

Just curious.
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RE: NW 727-51

Mon Nov 01, 2004 9:36 am


January 11 The U.S. Department of Transportation approves the Northwest/KLM commercial cooperation and integration agreement under a grant of antitrust immunity. KLM and Northwest now are free to join together in creating a unified global airline system, the first of its kind in the world.

January 20 Northwest and KLM announce first major steps toward integrating operations, including creation of a "Seal of Partnership" logo.

March 16 Northwest and KLM begin to expand code-share service to more than 30 Northwest destinations in North America and more than 30 KLM destinations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

April 13 Northwest and KLM coordinate their frequent flier plans, creating the most expansive free travel program in the airline industry.

So, the logo couldn't be there on that B727 in 1971 when that photo was taken.
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RE: NW 727-51

Mon Nov 01, 2004 9:50 am

I flew one of that model once with NW and it was after the merger of NW and RC, I believe it was in the old color scheme, the one prior to the one pictured, and the inside were some crazy colors let me tell you...
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RE: NW 727-51

Mon Nov 01, 2004 10:14 am

From what I could determined, the last NW 727-051, N461US, left the fleet in Sept of 1992. Here's a link to my source. Regards.
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RE: NW 727-51

Mon Nov 01, 2004 12:55 pm

When did that tail livery come out,i thought it was after these were gone,or if not it had to be fairly new, i wonder why they even bothered with that tail livery for such a short time,,,I think there may still be 10,s still out there that need the livery or recently got them,,,they were just plane red for years after this a/c
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RE: NW 727-51

Mon Nov 01, 2004 2:38 pm

The standard 727's were being phased outin the early 90's. The re wre about 10 in the fleet when the new colors were applied. Only one or two in the fleet when the new scheme was being painted on the fleet. They weren't in the fleet too long after that picture was taken
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