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Sat Aug 10, 2002 5:46 am

I was confirmed on NW1265 from MSY to MSP yesterday morning, 8/8. The equipment was scheduled to be a DC-9-30. I arrived at the airport terminal at around 5:30am, and waited in line for maybe 10 minutes if that. I had seat 10A, but luckily, I got upgraded to First, seat 1D, with the aisle seat next to me open. Boarding started promptly at about 6:40am, right after another aircraft (DC9-40) pushed back for Memphis. The flight is listed at about 2 hours and 46 minutes, but it is usually a little less than that. We took off to the north after waiting for a CO 757-300 and a WN 737-700 depart. About thirty minutes after takeoff, we were offered a choice for breakfast: cereal and an assortment of fruit, or eggs and potatoes. I took the eggs, and lemme tell ya, it was A LOT of food for domestic F-class (eggs, sausage, potatoes, a bagel, and some fruit). I had a few glasses of OJ and enjoyed the entusiastic Northwest service. The DC9-30 was fairly full....they had 6 passengers in first class, and they seemed to have around 70 or so in coach...not too bad for a Thursday morning departure. We touched down in MSP at 9:40am, and were at the gate shortly thereafter. I used to not be a fan of DC-9's, but NW has really done a great job with theirs. The flight gets an A overall....very smooth, warm service, and early!

After spending the morning and early afternoon in MSP, and after seeing several 747's land and depart, I returned to the airport to catch flight 618, the 3:20pm departure to DTW. Aircraft: B757-200. The flight was totally full, a few odd seats open here and there. I had seat 29F, trailing edge of the wing. A DC10 going to MKE was parked next to us. We pushed back on time, departed quickly. The flight was only 1 hour and 15 minutes in length, and it was a scenic one, passing over Lake Michigan. Nary a cloud in the sky. After enjoying a Diet 7UP, it was just about time to land. We touched down right after a 747-400, and parked at gate A64.

I was totally blown away with how nice the new WorldGateway at Detroit is. I thought it was remarkable actually. Last time I was there was in 97, when they were still using that old terminal. The new one is much better, and that's an understatement. Anyway, agter making a couple of calls and watching a KLM 747-300 load for AMS, I headed to gate A46 to catch flight 1475 nonstop to New Orleans.The aircraft, a DC-9-40, had originated earlier in JFK. This flight was packed...full in both classes. I got seat 5A luckily. The flight was scheduled for 2 hours and 19 minutes, but we did it in 2:05. I drank 2 Diet 7UP's, took a nap, and before I knew, I heard the initial approach anouncement. We landed on MSY's runway 1, coming in low over the marshlands and the Mississippi River, which had abundant ocean-going freighters anchored. Smooth touch down, a little heavy on the breaks, but all in all, a great flight.

I have to go back to MSP next week, probably on 1265 again, not sure the flights on the return.

Take care...

Stephen in New Orleans
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Sun Aug 11, 2002 2:18 pm

Very nice report. Also, i read your DC-10 report froma while ago and I couldn't post a response there i want to tell you it was brilliant.
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Sun Aug 11, 2002 10:52 pm

I have to agree with you about the DC9. I was quite impressed with NW's. In fact, I was seated in the forward part of Y Class and I thoguht the take off was very quiet. Seats were pretty ok too. It had the little rods in the headrest to move up and down so you could adjust it to your liking...
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