rwsea
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NW A330 Operations At SEA

Tue Jan 09, 2007 8:26 am

I recently flew NW on the SEA-AMS route (trip report coming soon), and I had a couple of questions about NW's A330 operations here:

Our flight from AMS to SEA arrived in SEA at 2:30pm, which is after both the AMS and NRT flight have departed for the day. Does the plane sit in SEA until the next day? The only thing I can think of is that maybe NW does maintenance on the plane during the downtime. Does NW do A330 maintenance in Seattle? If not, it seems that the aircraft could easily be utilized on a turn to HNL, which can always use more capacity (and allow one of the daily 753's to be used somewhere else), or even to MSP/DTW.

Secondly, NW sometimes swaps in A333's at SEA. It seems that NRT especially needs the additional capacity. Is there any plan to permanently switch NRT to the bigger A333, or does this present too many issue given the range of the aircraft?

Any info is appreciated.
 
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RE: NW A330 Operations At SEA

Tue Jan 09, 2007 8:30 am

Quoting RwSEA (Thread starter):
Does NW do A330 maintenance in Seattle?

NW built a new hanger in the last year or so on the far south side of the airport.

I drive by every day at around 5pm, and there is almost always an A330 sitting there.
 
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RE: NW A330 Operations At SEA

Tue Jan 09, 2007 8:37 am

Quoting RwSEA (Thread starter):
Does the plane sit in SEA until the next day?

Yes,

Quoting RwSEA (Thread starter):
Secondly, NW sometimes swaps in A333's at SEA. It seems that NRT especially needs the additional capacity. Is there any plan to permanently switch NRT to the bigger A333, or does this present too many issue given the range of the aircraft?

I asked this question to the to the ops station mgr on the employee shuttle bus in SEA, and he always thought that NW might put the -300 on the NRT-SEA route, but some cargo might have to left behind or it be shipped down to PDX to hitch a ride on the 747F running out of Portland which would cost extra. With the -200's, the loads seems equal the seats running out of SEA and PDX on a consistant basis. If the loads increase year over year, a bigger aircraft maybe needed or a 2nd daily flight (other than the weekly saturday service) may be needed. He guesses justlike everyone else.
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RE: NW A330 Operations At SEA

Tue Jan 09, 2007 8:40 am

Quoting RwSEA (Thread starter):

Secondly, NW sometimes swaps in A333's at SEA. It seems that NRT especially needs the additional capacity. Is there any plan to permanently switch NRT to the bigger A333, or does this present too many issue given the range of the aircraft?

Are we sure they've swapped the A330-300 in for an NRT turn?

It shouldn't present any issues for the aircraft at all, but the question is can it be scheduled in effectively.

The A330-200s continue on from NRT to a variety of destinations so a plane could be scheduled in BKK-NRT-SEA vv. Unless they can effectively utilize an A330-300 on one of those routes (I have no doubt that they can) then it might not be a good idea.

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RE: NW A330 Operations At SEA

Tue Jan 09, 2007 8:44 am

Quoting Gigneil (Reply 3):
Are we sure they've swapped the A330-300 in for an NRT turn?

Not sure if they've been sent to NRT, but they've definitely gone to AMS.
 
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RE: NW A330 Operations At SEA

Tue Jan 09, 2007 9:19 am

Quoting Jetjack74 (Reply 2):
I asked this question to the to the ops station mgr on the employee shuttle bus in SEA, and he always thought that NW might put the -300 on the NRT-SEA route, but some cargo might have to left behind or it be shipped down to PDX to hitch a ride on the 747F running out of Portland which would cost extra.

I question the range problems with the 300 to NRT. It probably could fly the route regularly since NW use to have the A330-300 fly SEA-AMS and SEA-AMS is longer than SEA-NRT. Both are near the edge of the A333, but there are longer routes on the plane.

Quoting RwSEA (Thread starter):
Our flight from AMS to SEA arrived in SEA at 2:30pm, which is after both the AMS and NRT flight have departed for the day. Does the plane sit in SEA until the next day? The only thing I can think of is that maybe NW does maintenance on the plane during the downtime. Does NW do A330 maintenance in Seattle?

There is a second SEA-NRT flight on Saturdays so the third plane is put to use one day a week and not in for maintenance.
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