Well, I fly a desk, Northwest still operates DC-10s heavily. I am not sure if you just overlooked that fact, or what, but...
The DC-10 is a sound airframe. Yes, and, unfortunately, it cost lives instead of dollars to have the -10 cut its teeth and evolve into the wonder it is today. Airbus always touts their '340 and '330's abilities to haul more cargo than a 747. A -10 can haul more cargo after pax and freight than a 747 as well.
The -10, if you're flying NW anyway, is an extremely reliable aircraft. They have acquired them second-hand from KLM and SAS. Two airlines with a repuatation for an impeccable level of maintenance. In the past year I've done the DTW-FCO run on an ex-SAS aircraft, and the DTW-HNL run as well, plus the ever-boring DTW-AMS and AMS-MSP route. The -10s in coach are fitted with newer seats, a few have vacuum lavs, and NW serves fantastic food.
The great thing about -10s, and don't read this part if you can be scared out of flying, but their low-speed handling characteristics make for great approaches. High-speed, high-flare touchdowns and the whine of the CF6 on takeoff always makes me smile.
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