I was conversing with a friend whose dad is a pilot for NW. (I live in OKC, with MEM of course being their closest hub.) I haven't actually spoken extensively with him, and unfortunately my friend is rather lacking in knowledge about the industry. I asked about his type ratings and she only knew that "he flies an Airbus or something now, but he used to fly the 747." My question is, does NW have 340s on order/in use? That or the 330 would seem the only logical progression from the 747, unless he was going from 747 FO to captaining on, say, the 320. I'll have to inquire further. If it helps, he was in the USAF for awhile (she was an AF brat through age 12 or so), so he may hold extra tenure or somesuch.