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NW RAP-MSP-LGW-MSP-RAP (pics)

Thu Jan 04, 2007 3:16 pm

Northwest Airlines RAP-MSP-LGW-MSP-RAP

Since this was my first time on a long haul transatlantic, I could hardly wait to get to the airport and soon be on my way to London and visit my friend for my Thanksgiving break. I had never been to London, flown on an A330, or flown Northwest (I’m a United guy through and through, im flying on UAL 1426 writing this). Anyways, I got to the airport at about 9AM, since my flight was at 11:15, and the only ride I could get was early in the morning, because everyone in my fraternity had class later on. It was a cool November morning, as I walked in to Rapid City’s little regional airport, There were some people at check-in in front of me, using the automated kiosk, I waited until a Gate Agent was free to tell her I was going international, so that she could check my passport and what not. Last time I went International was to Mazatlan for spring break in March, it seemed the gate agent at Frontier airlines in Denver took for ever looking and verifying my passport. I kindly asked the Gate agent what I should do, she told me simply swipe my passport through on the self check-in kiosk, and it checked my all the way through to LGW. I was amazed how quick and simple it was, I went through security as uneventful as ever and then proceeded to sit down and wait for my plane, There were no planes at the terminal, so I couldn’t spot much, and mostly CRJ, Dash-8, and EMB-120 usually frequent the airport. I had forgot the NW operates DC-9’s and 319’s out of RAP-MSP, I took a shot of my gate, but forgot to take a shot while the CRJ was there, I was a little too excited.

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Flight: NW2802
Date: Tues, Nov 21
Depart: RAP at 11:15
Actual: 11:12
Arrives: MSP 14:00
Actual 13:40
Equipment: CRJ8
Seat: 11-D


The flight went great, it went very quickly and we got a nice tailwind, I didn’t feel like snacking or drinking anything so I politely declined any services. I snapped a quick photo over South Dakota, sat back and listened to my iPod.

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We got in 20 mins ahead of schedule. As we taxied I took a shot of what I thought to be the International terminal, which housed the NW A330s, and the NW 747, that was just about to push back for the Long Haul to NRT.

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I had never been to MSP and I had about 4 hours of waiting to do before they began boarding my flight, I had never seen a A330, so I made my way to gate G5, to see what I thought was going to be the rig that I would soon spend 8 or so hours on. I then realized this was NW’s MSP-AMS plane, this was a brand new 330 and it sparkled in the sun, I just was wishing my was as new and beautiful as the machine was

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I wondered around, got a sandwich and plane spotted, just domestic flights and finally came back to me my gate to lie down and watch the only channel that is televised at airports CNN. I sparked up a conversation with a very friendly Indian man who had just boarded his mother on the AMS flight who would be connecting to Delhi, we also talked to a lady who had to help some African Christian missonaries off to some town in Africa, I forgot the name. Just as the AMS flight was pushing back, I a silver blur with a red tail land behind, it, I was mainly focusing on the A330 beauty, so I didn’t’ catch what it was, I assumed it was a 757 in their new livery. As the NW flight was pushing back it stopped and in came what looked to be an almost brand new 330. MY PLANE!!!! Hooray, I thought that a 330 pushing back and pulling in was a rare sight for a traveler like me, so I snapped a few!!!

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Before I knew it, more and more people started to gather around the terminal for this long haul to LGW, and I became more and more excited,They then called for Business class to board, and I was soon next to board and off to my coach seat which I had gotten for a RT price of just under 400 for the whole trip!!! I got butterflies in my stomach as I walked down the jet way with the excitment of boarding a widebody double aisle aircraft, as I have only flown on single aisle aircraft in my many years as a passenger!!! As I saw the 2-4-2 arrangement each seat with a blanket, and a pillow nicely laid out I became giddy as a school girl, and wished that no one came and sat next to me, but from what I understand, at holiday travel times like this and an International flight, I just hoped it was someone friendly enough to talk to and was bearable.
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A short and slightly pudgy Englishman sat next to me, who had a Guinness Shirt on, and a Harp Tattoo on his lower leg. We were then soon on the runway powering up the Bus’s two powerful engines.

Date: Tues. Nov 21
Flight: NW44
Depart: MSP 18:45
Actual- 18:53
Arrive: LGW (Next Day) 09:00
Actual: 07:45
Equip: A330-300
Seat: 22J

About an 2 hours into the flight, dinner was served, where I was given a chicken of either vegetable lasagna, or chicken, Since I cant stand vegetable Lasagna, I ordered the chicken, It came with a nice salad, a dinner roll, Green beans, mashed potatoes, cookies, and of course the chicken It was delicious, My seatmate offered me his dinner roll and desert, I said no thank you, but he insisted, so, I ate it, and enjoyed it very much. I washed it all down with a complimentary Red wine, which the F/A offered me, and me being 20 at the time accepted!!!!! I doubt the Air marshal on the flight was really looking to bust a flight attended for serving a minor, even though I look older than 21. The flight went without incident and we got a very nice tailwind pushing us across the Atlantic. I was so excited I couldn’t sleep, but luckily Northwest’s new PTVs were really nice and I ended up watching Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift and Pirates of the Caribbean.
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It was really nice to watch the sun come over the Atlantic, I could only see the light, not the sun, but I’m sure the pilots had an amazing few like usual. Me and my seatmate started talking and it turned out that he owned a few pubs in north London, I told him I was coming to London to visit a friend over my thanksgiving, break, He asked me what in the world is thanksgiving, he told me he heard a lot of people talking about it in LAS where he had originated his journey, We soon landed into LGW on a wet and cold morning (Big Surprise), and I was off to customs, while my seatmate wished me good luck and went through the European Union Line. I got out my passport and went to the immigration officer that called me through, all the people in front of me were primarily, wife and husbands traveling, and a few families, As a young male in my 20’s traveling alone I was interrogated with very personal questions, and after about 10 minutes of questioning the immigration officer simply knew I was in London to party and have a good time stamped my passport, not to hurt the queen or anything. I then boarded the Gatwick Express, and off to the streets of London to meet up with friend.
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I must say I really enjoyed flying Northwest Airlines International, Domestic is as good as it can be, but I was surprised how nice the new 330 was that I flew on, and how friendly everyone on the airline was. I highly recommend the new 330 routes, I’ve never flown on a DC-10 but I can’t imagine it being nicer than what I flew on to LGW.


My Return Trip!

After 5 days in the Queens England, it was time for this Yankee to go home and continue his studies.

I left downtown via Edge ware Station, to Victoria, then once again in the Gatwick Express. I arrived very early, in order to spot some international carriers that I’ve never seen. Security in the morning was a nightmare and took a good hour from the time I stepped foot off the Gatwick Express. Finally I was through, and decided I would walk around for a while, and do some duty free shopping for my mum and sisters, I bought some supplies, and walked around spotting planes like a kid in a candy shop.
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I then thought it was time to go see my good friend Mr. A330, parked next to a broken VA 744, that was suppose to be enroute to HKG,
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Virgin Atlantic was in the process of rebooking people and giving them the refund options, I decided instead of hearing 300+ people yell at VA agents,
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Finally I boarded and sat on the plane talking to my friendly American seatmate about what wonderful holiday we each had in London.
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I snapped some photos while on the taxiway, and while taking off.
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Flight: NW 44
Date: Mon, Nov 27
Depart: LGW 12:05
Actual: 12:24
Arrive:MSP 16:05
Actual: 15:43
Equip: A330-300
Seat:25-A

I was once again excited to fly NW because of the outstanding time I had on my outbound flight. I sat back enjoying my PTV, and waiting for dinner to be served, the choices were a Chicken Salad, or the Vegetarian dish- Spinach tortellini, I ordered it expecting green tortellini in a tomato sauce or something. I was disappointed when I took off the cover and saw a creamy sauce with spinach leaves thrown about. I ate my salad, dinner roll, and then braved the spinach tortellini, which wasn’t the best. I then was excited to eat what I thought was a carrot cake with cream cheese topping, It was not carrot cake, it was some terribly moist pound/walnut/chocolate/I have no idea what it was, I took one bite and that was it, Luckily I wasn’t going to go hungry, as I had brought a brie, tomato, lettuce baguette sandwich which I had bought at coffee shop before I boarded, It was absolute heaven, I love Brie, and this was very delicious, Down it went, and off I went to sleep, I was really tired as I went out the night before partying and not sleeping. I woke up someone over Greenland and snapped a picture just as we were leaving the west coast of Greenland with stray Icebergs floating off into the Atlantic.
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I then decided to play the Quiz game against many seatmates, and let me tell you, those guys and the very rear of the airplane are really good! The rest of the flight without incident and we were soon on final to MSP. We had a smooth landing, de-boarded, and then proceeded to customs where it took the usual hour to make it through and back to the main terminal.

I slept for a few hours and then boarded my NW 319 back to RAP, I don't remember anything of the flight, because I was out cold just after take off, and woke up, just as we were touching down.

Flight: NW1203
Date: Mon, Nov 27
Depart: MSP 21:06
Actual: 21:27
Arrive: RAP 21:36
Actual: 21:44
Seat: 15-A
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Hoped everyone enjoyed my Trip Report and hope that some of you get to fly on NW 330's!!!

Thanks for any comments
GO SA Springboks!!!
 
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RE: NW RAP-MSP-LGW-MSP-RAP (pics)

Thu Jan 04, 2007 6:34 pm

welcome to A.NET mate. Make sure to keep your seat belt buckled at all times whilst in your seat, and enjoy your flight!
Great report, especially for your first one!
If you have any questions feel free to e-mail me!

Quoting MikeSA (Thread starter):
I doubt the Air marshal on the flight was really looking to bust a flight attended for serving a minor,

hahaha, if you thought that you were getting served as a minor on this flight try flying QF when you are 14. They always offer me wine and Champaign when ever I fly, I am 15 now, but do not like the stuff. (hehe its funny because in NZ my aunts and uncles will go "here kyle, have a beer." I'll say "no thanks, ta" then in the morning I'll get some coffee and they'll tell me: "your to young for that stuff" haha.

Quoting MikeSA (Thread starter):
I must say I really enjoyed flying Northwest Airlines International, Domestic is as good as it can be,

I'm glad you have enjoyed NWA, I have had terrible experience with them in domestic travel and won't fly them again.
~Cheers-
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RE: NW RAP-MSP-LGW-MSP-RAP (pics)

Thu Jan 04, 2007 6:39 pm

Very nice trip report. Good photos too. Thanks for posting it.
 
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RE: NW RAP-MSP-LGW-MSP-RAP (pics)

Mon Jan 08, 2007 4:47 am

Funny thing about the alcohol to minors business -- on the day after my 14th birthday I happened to be flying a Northwest DC10 from IAD to AMS and a flight attendant offered me wine. She seemed serious, too. Guess I looked a bit old for my years!

Thanks for the great report. Northwest is a terrific airline!
 
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RE: NW RAP-MSP-LGW-MSP-RAP (pics)

Mon Jan 08, 2007 5:35 am

Great report, awesome pictures! The LGW terminal looks beautiful. One thing I noticed, however, was the VS 744 that was broken. It couldn't have been going to HKG, as VS only fly to HKG from LHR. I also believe they only fly A340-600s on the route, but I'm not 100% sure.
 
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RE: NW RAP-MSP-LGW-MSP-RAP (pics)

Mon Jan 08, 2007 5:42 am

Great report, thanks  Smile

Quoting MikeSA (Thread starter):
washed it all down with a complimentary Red wine, which the F/A offered me

- I though NW charged for booze?, all other US carriers charge for it in Y.

Glad you enjoyed your 330 flights, she sure is a nice bird to fly as a passenger, so quiet.

Regards

Mark
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RE: NW RAP-MSP-LGW-MSP-RAP (pics)

Mon Jan 08, 2007 7:59 am

I would be scared flying on a A330, since the only wide-body aircraft I've been on is a DC-10, but it seems like the inflight entertainment system is fun.
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RE: NW RAP-MSP-LGW-MSP-RAP (pics)

Mon Jan 08, 2007 8:18 am

Nice trip report. Great pictures of LGW. Last time I was there was about two years ago, when I was flying LGW-DTW on NW. But on the DC10.
 
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RE: NW RAP-MSP-LGW-MSP-RAP (pics)

Mon Jan 08, 2007 9:16 am

Quoting Af773atmsp (Reply 6):
I would be scared flying on a A330, since the only wide-body aircraft I've been on is a DC-10

Same here. I know ETOPS is tested and extremely safe, but I still would rather lose 25% or 33% of my power rather than 50%. That said, millions of passengers have been entrusted to twin-engine overwater flights without a serious mishap (that I'm aware of!) Northwest's A330s are certainly attractive birds.
 
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RE: NW RAP-MSP-LGW-MSP-RAP (pics)

Mon Jan 08, 2007 2:20 pm

Quoting Alaskaqantas (Reply 1):
I'm glad you have enjoyed NWA, I have had terrible experience with them in domestic travel and won't fly them again.

Yeah because they wouldn't let you upgrade to FC  Yeah sure

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 5):
- I though NW charged for booze?, all other US carriers charge for it in Y.

NW serves it free on Transt atlantic flight only, and systemwide in F or C class.
 
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RE: NW RAP-MSP-LGW-MSP-RAP (pics)

Mon Jan 08, 2007 6:30 pm

Quoting PanAm330 (Reply 4):



Quoting PanAm330 (Reply 4):
One thing I noticed, however, was the VS 744 that was broken. It couldn't have been going to HKG, as VS only fly to HKG from LHR. I also believe they only fly A340-600s on the route, but I'm not 100% sure.

I believe the flight may of been chartered through a tour group, I heard a lot of people contacting the company, and everyone had a letter from a Third Party Travel Agency talking about the flight. I'm 99 percent sure it was going to HKG, I don't know if VS was doing a special flight, but thats just what I understood at the time!



Quoting VC10DC10 (Reply 8):

Same here. I know ETOPS is tested and extremely safe, but I still would rather lose 25% or 33% of my power rather than 50%. That said, millions of passengers have been entrusted to twin-engine overwater flights without a serious mishap (that I'm aware of!) Northwest's A330s are certainly attractive birds.

I'm not sure I totally know what ETOPS are and what you are trying to say, maybe someone can dumb it down for a newbie like me!!!

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RE: NW RAP-MSP-LGW-MSP-RAP (pics)

Tue Jan 09, 2007 3:07 am

ETOPS= Extended range Twin-Engine OPerations

The way I understand it, it's the rules governing twin-engine aircraft flying over water/remote areas- they must be within so many minutes of a diversion airport in the event of an engine loss.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ETOPS#ETOPS_ratings

Great trip report, by the way.

[Edited 2007-01-08 19:09:06]
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RE: NW RAP-MSP-LGW-MSP-RAP (pics)

Wed Jan 10, 2007 10:38 am

What is it like flying on an A330? How is it flying from one country over the ocean to another country?
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RE: NW RAP-MSP-LGW-MSP-RAP (pics)

Sat Jan 13, 2007 8:23 am

Quoting Af773atmsp (Reply 12):
What is it like flying on an A330? How is it flying from one country over the ocean to another country?

It was my first widebody aircraft experience, the plane I flew was very clean and new, (a real honor). It was weird flying overseas for the first time, I just got used to looking down on the ground and seeing brown, or green. The ocean is real beautiful at 37,000 ft.


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RE: NW RAP-MSP-LGW-MSP-RAP (pics)

Sat Jan 13, 2007 1:11 pm

Perhaps the flight was the Oasis Hong Kong flight? In one of the pictures, you can see the tail sticking out above the VS tail.

Aq737
 
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RE: NW RAP-MSP-LGW-MSP-RAP (pics)

Sat Jan 13, 2007 3:36 pm

Quoting AQ737 (Reply 14):
Perhaps the flight was the Oasis Hong Kong flight? In one of the pictures, you can see the tail sticking out above the VS tail.

actually I think that might be correct, good call
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RE: NW RAP-MSP-LGW-MSP-RAP (pics)

Tue Jan 23, 2007 12:09 pm

What is the official NWA alcohol policy? I'm flying transatlantic with them in April, and while I'm the legal age in the UK, I am not in the USA...

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