Well, back with another international TR
. I really had no plans of being able to do much nonrev travel this summer - much less overseas - given the typical summer load factors. But, a unique opportunity presented itself that I just couldn't resist
Anyhow, some of you may remember I posted a TR
awhile back as "the captain's son" flying DTW
on one of my dad's flights, can be found here:
Anyhow, at the end of June he told me he had a HKG
at the end of July, which I was very surprised to hear since HKG
is one of the most senior trips at NWA, and my dad is relatively junior on the blockholding 747-400 seniority list. I tried to not keep my hopes up considering NW
flights tend to consistently go full, but the Nonrev God's finally decided to give me a break, and the trip eventually worked out!! Over the span of 6 days, the full itinerary ended up being:
Anyhow, on with the TR
23 July 2008
Block Time: 12 hours, 00 minutes
747-451, N673US, Fleet# 6313
Seat: 11A, Main Deck World Business Class
World Business Class: 85%
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Photo © Bruce Leibowitz
I usually don't include anything of domestic flights in my TR
's, but here's a note of interest to some. When I arrived bright & early for the NW
630a flight to MSP
, I was very surprised to see an AA
763 sitting across the way in Concourse C at DEN
hasn't sent scheduled widebodies to DEN
for years, so I asked why it was there. Apparantly a divert for mechanical reasons, that had to sit overnight. The plane was bound from HNL
, either from ORD
, I forget which.
763 in DEN
- very rare catch!!
So, once at MSP
, I met up with a.nut KingAir200. We shot the bull for awhile, grabbed chinese food for lunch, and before too long it was time for NW19 to NRT
to start boarding. As a lot of a.nuts can appreciate, I chose to fly to NRT
since I didn't yet have that line on my FlightMemory page. I've tried to avoid MSP
in the past though given the relative large numbers of must-ride nonrevs. Commuting 757 crews to NRT
, WHQ personnel, etc.
Ship 6313 at the gate in MSP
. Sorry about the bad angle.
My dad was flying NW11 from DTW
that day, which is scheduled to get in 30 minutes after NW19 from MSP
- which I was counting on, given possible customs delays or the like. Anyhow, before long I was given seat 11A on the main deck in World Business Class. On the NW
744's, I do love the top deck, but for taking pictures and videos, rows 11 and 12 are easily the best, with respect to view of engines and the wing.
Aft J-cabin during boarding on ship 6313.
PTV while still on ground - not yet showing the map or any programming.
After a 55 minute boarding process, the CS
agents finally shut the door, and we were off to NRT
Just prior to pushback. The A333 next door was NW42 to AMS
After a relatively short taxi, we were ready for takeoff. I've experienced a few "rocket takeoffs" on 757's, 738's, and others which are really fun of course, but the ones I most look forward to are the heavy international ones with the long takeoff rolls. I love it!!