|Quoting Nwarooster (Reply 34):|
They are going to stick with twin engine aircraft in the future
So in a few years time it's going to take a heckuva lot of rotations to fly the usual complement of DTW
Sad. As a supporter of four-engined aircraft (tradition, reliability -- and yes, I know ETOPS is good -- aesthetics, performance) this is sad news for my favorite airline. I still haven't flown an ETOPS run, and I'm not looking forward to the day I do. Say all you want about its reliability, you have to admit that it's not a good thing for an aircraft to lose 50% of its available propulsion.
How about this instead: Northwest orders 18 747-8i aircraft (replacement for all the pax 744s, plus two airframes for expansion) and Boeing cuts them a deal on 12-14 747-8F machines. 30-32 aircraft: a pretty hefty order, but if NW
continues to get its financial house in order, and if Boeing is feeling generous, then it could happen.
Advantages of the 747-8 for Northwest include: modestly expanded capacity of both passengers and cargo; improved fuel economy (and hence lower cost per seat mile); improved environmental impact (quieter and less fuel); significant commonality with their existing fleet; and improved performance (speed/range). But this is just my personal soapbox