The B747-400 fleet is among the oldest in the world, seeing as NWA was the launch customer for the B744. First deliveries in 1989.
Same applies to the B752s, first deliveries in 1985.
The most recent addition to NWA's fleet from Boeing, is the B757-300, which is no longer in production.
I really don't see why Northwest would ditch their A330s and go with the 7E
(ight)7, or add the 7E7 to the fleet in addition to the A330s.
Given that NWA's A320s are CFM powered, and not IAE powered, which is a collaboration between Rolls-Royce and Pratt & Whitney, I think the idea of NWA not ordering an aircraft because there's not a PW
option as a bit far fetched. Even NWA can see that PW
, are struggling to compete with GE
My tip for the future NWA fleet.
Mostly Airbus, with the B744 and B752/753 trottling on for a while longer.
Eventually I can see a fleet of
A340 (a bit far fetched I admit)
A380 (also a bit far fetched, but those B744s aren't getting any younger)
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