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Flying NW Pointers?

Thu Mar 28, 2002 7:43 am

Well, sadly, my hopes of flying Midwest Express were dashed when they (my parents) were about to order the tickets, they found a great deal on Northwest Airlines (BLASTED!!!...$280 roundtrip per person...please note..NOTHING against NWA...just was hoping to try MWE).

Anyway, I know the flights are

June 21
LAS-MSP Flt#712
MSP-MKE Flt#396

The LAS-MSP flight is operated by an A320, but the MSP-MKE flight is operated by what NWA calls an 32V (I assume that is also an A320?).

Then on the way back

June 28
MKE-MSP Flt#655
MSP-LAS Flt#721

The MKE-MSP flight is operated by a DC-9-50 and the MSP-LAS flight is operated by an A320.

As I know NWA isn't highly regarded by many on these forums, I have never been horrified by them. HONESTLY, I will fly just about anyone if that means I can soar above the clouds! Isn't that why we come here, because we love flying?? Who cares with whom it is.

Anyway. I also get to take a friend with me! WOOO!! Since my dad can only stay for 2 days (we are going up for a wedding, but staying to see family and friends in the Dells where we used to live) my mother, me, and my friend will visit and stay with friends around Portage, Madison, and Baraboo. But my friend and I will get to go enjoy the waterparks in the Dells! (too bad the restaurant we used to own isn't the same as it was...quality wise).

But, I do want to know if I should be expecting anything from my flights. This is the first flight EVER (yes, he is 20 years old and has never, ever been in an airliner) for my friend (what can I say..the farthest east he has been is Utah!!) so I want to make sure the experience is enjoyable for him. Are the A32 on these flights newer? Anything would be appreciated. I haven't connected in MSP since I was about 8 so I don't remember it very well, but I do rememver DTW (yuck). How is MSP for connections? I assume we won't be eating anything on the plane, so how is the food selection at MSP?

But, if you read my last trip report (LAS-MKE via IAH on Continental) I will try and recreate the same thing this time, only on NWA.

Also, I am a Onepass member, can I get miles on NWA or no, since they codeshare with CO often.

I will present an unbiased and objective view on NWA when I take the flights in June.
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RE: Flying NW Pointers?

Thu Mar 28, 2002 8:31 am

HONESTLY, I will fly just about anyone if that means I can soar above the clouds! Isn't that why we come here, because we love flying?? Who cares with whom it is.
I'm glad their are others out there that have the same opinion of flying as me. It gets frustrating with all the certain airline bashing that goes on around here.

NW will do you just find. Yes, the 32V is the A320 also. I forget which one is which, on is the -211 version, the other is the -212 version. Anyways, really no noticable difference. The A320 are either brand new or fairly new. Half of the fleet was delivered between 1989-1993, the other half of them have come from 1998-2001
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RE: Flying NW Pointers?

Thu Mar 28, 2002 9:02 am

Heh, I hadn't flown on an airliner until Dec. 27, 1999 and I was 17. Oh well I guess your friend has me beat.  Smile

Too bad you don't get to fly YX though, especially after I typed up so much info for you.  Sad

I know people who live and die by NW, others say they are utter trash. After reading trip reports I would say (not first hand) that NW is probably really lame for international flights but domestic they are probably just like DL, AA, etc.

Take notes during the trip and get us a trip report.  Smile
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RE: Flying NW Pointers?

Thu Mar 28, 2002 11:15 am

MSP is a GREAT place to connect. The center of the concourses is basically a mall with lots of places to eat and shop to pass the time on your layover. I doubt their will be food on the flights so eat well in MSP! The chinese food there is really good.

The A320s are all the same regardless of what the code is. The coding dates back a couple of years when NW reconfigured the A320s from 12 to 16 seats in First Class. But now means nothing.

Try and get seats closer to the front on the DC9 as it will make for a quieter flight.

Thank you for vowing to make an unbiased report. So many on this forum have such bad opinions of NW and it will be really nice to read an intelligent post that tells the truth.

YES!!! You do get Onepass miles, just give them your number at checkin and make sure it prints out on all your boarding passes.

Have a GREAT trip, and we all look forward to your report!

Now more than ever, FLY THE RED TAILS!!!


RE: Flying NW Pointers?

Thu Mar 28, 2002 3:41 pm

NWA's A320 is the most uncomftorable plane I have ever been on.
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RE: Flying NW Pointers?

Fri Mar 29, 2002 8:08 am


Cause the NW A320 configuration is soooo drastically different to other airlines out there....

Whatever. It's useless.

Now more than ever, FLY THE RED TAILS!!!

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