Bruspotter
Posts: 129
Joined: Sun Jan 04, 2004 8:04 pm

What Became Of Northwest Orient 747's Of The 80's?

Sat Jul 15, 2006 9:03 pm

My first ever flight was on July 13 1986, on a Northwest Orient 747 (NW49 LGW-BOS).

How many 747's did NW have back then? What happened to them? Are any of them still around?

Are there any photo's anywhere?

Thanks, BRUspotter
I never think of the future - it comes soon enough.
 
Scorpio
Posts: 4794
Joined: Thu Oct 04, 2001 3:48 am

RE: What Became Of Northwest Orient 747's Of The 80's?

Sat Jul 15, 2006 9:28 pm

Quoting BRUspotter (Thread starter):
Are there any photo's anywhere?

Um... you do know this is airliners.net, a site with over a million pictures of airplanes, right? A quick search reveals there are 135 pictures of Northwest Orient 747s right here on this website.

Quoting BRUspotter (Thread starter):
How many 747's did NW have back then? What happened to them? Are any of them still around?

All of those questions can be answered by going to www.airlinerlist.com. It'll take some searching through that list, but it'll tell exactly how many were delivered, when they were delivered, when they left the fleet and what happened to them.
 
Doona
Posts: 3382
Joined: Fri Feb 18, 2005 9:43 am

RE: What Became Of Northwest Orient 747's Of The 80's?

Sat Jul 15, 2006 10:16 pm

http://www.airfleets.net shows NW with 36 747s in active service, 21 742s and 15 744s, with a further 23 aircraft in storage. You won't see any of them in Europe nowadays, spend a day at NRT and you'll probably see almost the entire fleet pass by...  bigthumbsup 

Cheers
Mats
Sure, we're concerned for our lives. Just not as concerned as saving 9 bucks on a roundtrip to Ft. Myers.
 
ABQopsHP
Posts: 461
Joined: Wed May 24, 2006 10:47 am

RE: What Became Of Northwest Orient 747's Of The 80's?

Sat Jul 15, 2006 11:39 pm

As for your question regarding the name Northwest Orient? The "Orient" was dropped for a number of reasons. One being political correctness fad of the late 80s and early 90s. Also Northwest had expanded beyond just the U.S. and the Orient, to have a global appearance. Keep in mind though that the Orient is Northwest bedrock, as they pioneered the great circle route through Alaska to east Asia. Someone from NW is more adept at putting what I know into better words.
ABQ ops, Cactus 202 requesting you order 5 Green Chile Chicken stew for us to p/u on arrival. ;)
 
N501US
Posts: 215
Joined: Fri May 20, 2005 1:51 am

RE: What Became Of Northwest Orient 747's Of The 80's?

Sun Jul 16, 2006 12:23 am

The Orient was dropped when the merger with RC occurred. IMHO, the Orient was dropped more for the global presence concept rather than political correctness.

Remember Northwest operated as Northwest (Airways) when it first started ops in 1926. The "Orient" was added after WWII.

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Of course, this is just my opinion, I could be wrong.
Fools and thieves are well disguised in the temple and the marketplace.....