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Cockpit TR: NW 747-400 Captain's Final Flight

Mon Feb 22, 2010 2:52 am

Hey all,

As some of you know, my dad is a 747-400 captain for NW - or I guess I should now say a 747-400 captain for DL. He's been with the company since early 1983 and has been a captain on the 747-400 since 1999. Some months back, DL announced a program to the pilots - a sort of an early retirement buyout - offering cash incentives for pilots to retire early in order for DL to avoid having to layoff pilots. My old man eventually decided to take it. After the details of the program were worked out, Delta told him that his final bid month for the company was February 2010. He got the details of his final trip mid-way through January, so after several weeks in the making of organizing trips for myself, the rest of our family, and some of his closest friends, we all got a few rides on some of his final flights.

Thanks to all the people involved in taking pictures for me along the way, since I couldn't be along the whole way myself. I'll do my best to write the TR from both a first and third person perspective, so bear with me haha. My personal final trip itinerary was:

DEN-DTW: DL 320
DTW-NRT: DL 744
NRT-KIX: DL 75A
KIX-HNL: DL 744
HNL-LAX: UA 763
LAX-DEN: WN 73G

My dad's final trip at NW/DL was:

DTW-NRT
NRT-KIX deadhead
KIX-HNL
HNL-KIX
KIX-HNL
HNL-NRT
NRT-DTW deadhead




09 February 2010
DL603, DTW-NRT
Block Time: 13 hours, 30 minutes
747-451, N665US, ship# 6305
Seat: 12K, main deck BusinessElite

Load Factor-
Business: 10%
Coach: 10%

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I was extremely lucky in getting on his first flight of the trip. On 08FEB and 09FEB, DL ran an additional flight on DTW-NRT each day, essentially as a ferry/positioning flight for two 744's out to NRT given the schedule changes on NRT-HNL and KIX-HNL. DL decided to run the ferry flights as quasi-revenue flights, despite attracting very low load factors given how you could book them only about 10-11 days before departure. So as for me, the nonrev, it worked out VERY nicely, haha.



Gate sign for our departure out of DTW. My first time on an officially-Delta 744.



Looking down the main concourse in the Detroit World Gateway. This was taken about 1 hour prior to departure - the gate area was a ghost town.



Washington DC area still getting hammered by the blizzards.



My dad on the right, one of the FO's on the left. I had met the FO several times previously in NRT on other trips - REAL nice guy. When I found out he'd flown L-1011's previously in his career I had a TON of questions for him  


Since I was only 1 of 3 nonrevs listed on the flight, the gate agents cleared all three of us very early. The other two nonrevs asked for seats on the upper deck, while I was the lone-ranger and asked for a seat on the main deck. As it turned out, I truly was the lone ranger sitting in the aft section of the main deck. I had rows 9 through 12 totally to myself. Talk about quite the experience - felt like flying on a 747 BBJ!!  
DTW was getting quite the winter storm itself. Next to us was N829MH, the 767-400 operating DTW-LHR.



Looking directly aft from the cockpit. Pilot bunkroom on the immediate right in the photo. Part of the preflight routine of the 2nd crew is to get their bunks ready before departure.



With the purser from DTW-NRT. One of the nicest and most professional pursers I've ever come across in my travels.



A rare moment of calm in the cockpit before doors closed



Takeoff and crew briefing. The captain in the left seat was on IOE - his first flight ever on the 747-400. The captain in the right seat was the instructor captain. My dad and the FO (in the jumpseats) would fly the second half of the flight.


After the door closed and I went down to my seat, 12K, in the aft business cabin, the first captain made a PA that the aircraft would have to be deiced given the significant snowfall. I was rather interested to see how it was done as I had never been deiced in a 747-400 before. It actually went surprisingly fast, for as big of an airplane as it is.



A332 seen during pushback & engine start


Given the blizzard and near-whiteout conditions, I didn't get any good pictures or videos from our takeoff or climbout. The first good pictures I got were once we passed above the overcast cloud layer on climb.



Just punched through the overcast layer


The dinner service began very quickly after takeoff and went very fast as well, in both cabins, given the VERY light load factors. The FA's loved it, given how they could complete the services pretty fast then get significantly longer crew rest breaks.



I thought I had died and gone to heaven. Private cabin on a 747-400 and "TOP GUN" showed up on the AVOD selection.   



Soup, salad, appetizer, and bread. AA's premium cabin meal services remain my favorite but DL still offers a very competitive product, outpacing UA by a long shot.



Quick look out the window flying over Canada



Chicken entree. Loved the lemon sauce!!



Dessert. There were fruit, cheese, and crackers but I ate them before I remembered to take the picture, haha



Final look out the window before going to sleep for the next 7-8 hours


In mid flight, we did get some relatively strong turbulence. I don't mind turbulence at all myself, but I'd imagine that for those that don't fly a lot it was probably pretty unsettling.



Moving map image of our route of flight



Awake over Alaska - continuous light turbulence to occasional moderate turbulence



Pretty cold outside over the Arctic   



Twilight over Russia / Siberia



Impressive headwinds on our last few hundred miles into NRT


We ended up arriving into NRT at about 715p local time which was my first ever time landing at NRT in the pitch dark. Definitely a different perspective!!

Anyhow, from here on out I'll only be posting pictures in a bit of a random sequence. I compiled all the pictures from about 7 different cameras so it's hard to get everything in a correct sequence. They should still tell the story fine in [mostly] chronological order.



Me on the layover in NRT, taking the hotel bus to Narita City. The "Radisson" sign for the NW/DL crew hotel partially visible in the background


Personally I really enjoy Narita. It is kinda boring, I will say, but at the same time it's also serene and relaxing, which I really like about it. Though, I can imagine, after 10 years of going to the same place every trip, it probably gets pretty old haha.



BusinessElite cabin on the 75A for NRT-KIX

Unfortunately I don't have any other pictures from my flight on NRT-KIX as I was jetlagged and the walking dead by the time I boarded the plane. Once I sat down, I was fast asleep long before pushback. Interesting for me though was how both NRT-KIX and NRT-NGO are scheduled to be operated with the beach-market 75J's but on the day I flew it, we got a 75A on a substitution. Rather nice though, it was my first time flying on a 75A.



Best picture I could get of our plane, ship# 6308 (N668US), sitting at the gate in KIX



Cockpit preflight before the flight to HNL. This flight was only operated with a single crew - rather rare for a flight of that duration, especially given it's 8+ hour return back to KIX mandating a 1.5 crew



Placard inside the cockpit showing the maximum weight limitations of the 747-451



174,000# of fuel for the KIX-HNL flight. The center and stab tanks were completely empty, just wing tanks only for this flight.



Upper deck galley. Very nice FA's!!



Moving map en route at cruise


The flight to HNL was relatively uneventful. I slept almost the entire time, right up until the landing. The HNL layover was awesome. I've been to Hawaii a couple of times previously but I've never stayed more than a few days. Not a huge loss though, you can do and see so much in just a short amount of time in the islands.



NW/DL crew hotel in HNL, the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani



Sunset over the Waikiki beaches


After a few days in HNL, I had to pack up and head home to get back to school so I didn't miss too many classes. So, I personally didn't get to fly on my dad's final flight, HNL-NRT, but at least got a ton of pics from everyone taken along the way.



744 sitting at the gate in HNL



Slightly different angle showing the huge wingspan



Under the wing looking at the two Pratt & Whitney PW4056's



"Kicking the tires" one final time. 6306 (N666US) was the ship for the final flight.



Plane still closed up before cargo loading



Standing in front of engine #3



Final picture with the plane before going back on board


Before departure, the two FO's were great and got a few more pictures for me from the official pre-departure walkarounds. Here are a few:



Looking out toward ship 6315 (N675NW) operating DL277, HNL-KIX



FO inspecting the main landing gear, barely visible under the starboard body gear



Again ship 6315 next door



Tail and winglet



Looking back over the wing and fuselage, taken from the jet-bridge staircase



One of the FO's completing the walkaround



Again, on the walkaround. That is a HUGE wing



Ship 6306 (N666US) seen head-on at the gate



Crew for the final flight, just before doors closed and pushback



Taken during cruise about 1 hour out of HNL


The final landing in NRT turned out to be a bit more than an "average" final landing. Shortly before the top of descent the FA's called the cockpit to say there was a severe medical issue with one of the passengers. The doctors on board that responded to the PA said that the man would die very soon if he didn't receive immediate medical attention. They ended up having to declare an emergency, flying a maximum velocity descent down to the marker. For obvious reasons, I don't have any pictures or videos of the final landing.  

Come the end of the month, he'll have to turn in his crew ID badge to DL at which time his active employment for Northwest Airlines and Delta Air Lines will come to an end. For those interested, I think he's happy to finally be retiring. He got to go out at the top of his game, having flown captain the 747-400 for 10 years - half the life of most of the airplanes themselves and even longer than some of the younger ships in the fleet, flying them when they were brand new.

A sentiment both of us share though - we are really glad to see the 747-400 continue to soldier on in the Delta fleet. It's not the youngest or the most efficient, but the 747 will always be the queen of the skies.


So long Red Tail, onward Delta




 
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RE: Cockpit TR: NW 747-400 Captain's Final Flight

Mon Feb 22, 2010 3:04 am

Very nicely done. A pleasure to read. The pictures were great as well.
 
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Mon Feb 22, 2010 3:20 am

Spectacular report Matt! Kind of a bittersweet report, but glad to hear your dad was ready and not being forced out by the FAA.    Having a whole cabin to yourself on a Transpacific flight must have been killer too!!
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RE: Cockpit TR: NW 747-400 Captain's Final Flight

Mon Feb 22, 2010 3:22 am

By far, one of the most enjoyable reads in airliners.net history.

Glad to see your dad moving on and enjoying the early out program. I wish him the best of luck in whatever he does in the future.

great pics, great writing.
 
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RE: Cockpit TR: NW 747-400 Captain's Final Flight

Mon Feb 22, 2010 3:31 am

Hahahahaha. I just realized we were on the same flight. My buddy and I were in 73 and 74 K.

So I don't broadcast your dad's last name over anet, was he the first or second captain?

Edited to add...We also stayed at that Raddison in NRT.

xjr

[Edited 2010-02-21 19:39:34]
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RE: Cockpit TR: NW 747-400 Captain's Final Flight

Mon Feb 22, 2010 4:18 am

This was truly a special report, right from the flight deck almost!! You are really lucky to have had all that personal space on board the "747-400" but those loads were incredibly low. It's great that your dad flew the 747-400 and is now retiring. I personally have loved the NW scheme and am sad to see it go. The NW 744s in particular were incredibly beautiful jets, though the Delta colours are not too bad. Thanks for sharing.
 
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Mon Feb 22, 2010 5:38 am

Very nice report! Thanks for sharing with us!

The 747-400 is truly a spectacular aircraft!

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RE: Cockpit TR: NW 747-400 Captain's Final Flight

Mon Feb 22, 2010 6:14 am

Thank you for sharing your story. It must have been emotional for your father. I hope he get's a good job with another airline soon.
 
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Mon Feb 22, 2010 8:27 am

I guess your Dad didn't want to "soldier" on with DL huh?..lol...Anyway I am sure he is happy best of luck to him..I share your feelings on the 400 also....I flew only one time on a -400 from MSP-PHX on 6303 in the NW orient colors. It was one of the first flights and they were doing the pilot check outs on the 400. ..I always thought the 400 was a cool looking a/c.

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RE: Cockpit TR: NW 747-400 Captain's Final Flight

Mon Feb 22, 2010 10:41 am

W O W !

Thanks again for sharing and for documenting your father's final voyage. It's been a pleasure reading all of your reports and I hope you will do many more despite the eventual change in your NRSA priority.

All the best to your father!
 
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Mon Feb 22, 2010 3:03 pm

What a wonderful TR Matt! I am sure your dad has read this TR a few times, it makes it for a nice tribute after a 27 year career!
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RE: Cockpit TR: NW 747-400 Captain's Final Flight

Mon Feb 22, 2010 3:52 pm

Nice trip report and the utmost respect and congratulations to your dad !!!
 
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RE: Cockpit TR: NW 747-400 Captain's Final Flight

Mon Feb 22, 2010 5:15 pm

Great stuff, Matt! What a magnificent plane she is! Great that you got the opportunity to fly with your dad as pilot! Though the reason is unpleasant, I'm sure the high speed approach must have been very spectacular!

Thanks for sharing and best regards,

Martijn

ps, just as I hit "preview the post" the power went down for a couple of hours. Hope this time works better.
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RE: Cockpit TR: NW 747-400 Captain's Final Flight

Mon Feb 22, 2010 5:38 pm

Very cool man, I always enjoy your reports. This one was very unique. I hope he enjoys his retirement!

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RE: Cockpit TR: NW 747-400 Captain's Final Flight

Mon Feb 22, 2010 6:57 pm

Nicely done Matt, loved the fact that you took a pic of Top Gun on the AVOD, then again I would consider it a crime not to do so!  

Congrats to your dad though, too bad he couldn't hold out till the 787's came in.  
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RE: Cockpit TR: NW 747-400 Captain's Final Flight

Tue Feb 23, 2010 12:21 am

Wow how lucky are you getting to go to the cockpit.

A truly great report.

Thanks for taking the time to post.
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RE: Cockpit TR: NW 747-400 Captain's Final Flight

Tue Feb 23, 2010 1:16 am

So does this mean no more non rev TR's accross the pacific?
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RE: Cockpit TR: NW 747-400 Captain's Final Flight

Tue Feb 23, 2010 6:26 am

Great TR Matt, looks like your dad had a good career with NW, I am glad you got to get on a few of his last flights

Quoting Transpac787 (Thread starter):
Private cabin on a 747-400 and "TOP GUN" showed up on the AVOD selection.

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RE: Cockpit TR: NW 747-400 Captain's Final Flight

Tue Feb 23, 2010 6:41 am

Well thanks for telling me you posted this...  

Great report and pictures! What a way to go out top on the 747!

I was getting panicked of no mention of Top Gun but of course you haven't failed me yet.

I like to think I was a part of this trip getting you safely home on the last leg of your multi trip on WN, and a-700 no less!  

That Purser DTW-NRT is kinda cute, not gonna lie. Hope he isn't reading this     

Quoting 76794p (Reply 16):
So does this mean no more non rev TR's accross the pacific?

Oh there'll be more LOL Count on it!

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RE: Cockpit TR: NW 747-400 Captain's Final Flight

Tue Feb 23, 2010 3:36 pm

Quoting Super80DFW (Reply 2):
Having a whole cabin to yourself on a Transpacific flight must have been killer too!!

Yea it was the first, and I'm sure only, time I'll ever get to enjoy that. It was pretty awesome though haha.

Quoting Qantas777 (Reply 3):
By far, one of the most enjoyable reads in airliners.net history.

Thanks!! 
Quoting xjramper (Reply 4):
Hahahahaha. I just realized we were on the same flight. My buddy and I were in 73 and 74 K.

Geez.... talk about small world. I knew there were two other nonrevs that were on board and sat up top - what were the chances it would be a couple a.nut's haha.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 5):
but those loads were incredibly low

Indeed. DL seems to like selling ferry flights as 1-time revenue flights. Lucky for me though, there were barely 50 people on the entire plane.

Quoting LYchemsa (Reply 7):
I hope he get's a good job with another airline soon.

Oh no... he's definitely done in the airlines haha. He owns his own plane so he'll fly that a lot, I'm sure, just not for hire anymore.

Quoting stratosphere (Reply 8):
I guess your Dad didn't want to "soldier" on with DL huh?

Nah... given how the seniority played out during integration, he would have been on reserve for the rest of his days. The early-out program was a deal he couldn't refuse  
Quoting stratosphere (Reply 8):
I flew only one time on a -400 from MSP-PHX on 6303 in the NW orient colors.

Wow... lucky to get on them in Orient colors, those lasted only a year or so, IIRC.

Quoting salvation (Reply 9):
and I hope you will do many more despite the eventual change in your NRSA priority.

It changed for me back in December so it won't be too much different, really.

Quoting SXDFC (Reply 10):
it makes it for a nice tribute after a 27 year career!

Thanks, Bobby!!

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 12):
I'm sure the high speed approach must have been very spectacular!

Yea I wish I could have been there for it!!

Quoting CAP2008 (Reply 14):
Nicely done Matt, loved the fact that you took a pic of Top Gun on the AVOD, then again I would consider it a crime not to do so!

I know, right!!

I expect you to do the same on your JFK-CAI, of course!!

Quoting CAP2008 (Reply 14):
Congrats to your dad though, too bad he couldn't hold out till the 787's came in.

I was really hoping he would have. With the 787's delayed so severely though and their status at DL somewhat in flux, though these days it seems like DL intends on taking them, he decided he didn't want to wait and will just nonrev on them when they finally show up.

Quoting 76794p (Reply 16):
So does this mean no more non rev TR's accross the pacific?

Haha ohhh no. I need to get my 747-400 fix somehow, so there will always be plenty more forthcoming  
Quoting N104UA (Reply 17):
I am glad you got to get on a few of his last flights

Yea it was a kick. I was worried his final month would be June or something and all his flights would be full. But, the nonrev Gods allowed excellent luck as February is, for the most part, a good off-season for the Transpac flights.

Quoting atrude777 (Reply 18):
I was getting panicked of no mention of Top Gun but of course you haven't failed me yet.

I aim to please  
Quoting atrude777 (Reply 18):
I like to think I was a part of this trip getting you safely home on the last leg of your multi trip on WN, and a-700 no less!

Haha you did indeed. Own-row to boot too.

Quoting atrude777 (Reply 18):
Oh there'll be more LOL Count on it!

Haha yea this is definitely not the end of em. Come the 787's, there will be one a month, I'm sure  

[Edited 2010-02-23 07:57:10]
 
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Tue Feb 23, 2010 9:14 pm

Awesome.The nicest TR.

And congrats to your dad.Did you get the water salute on landing?

Cheers!
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RE: Cockpit TR: NW 747-400 Captain's Final Flight

Wed Feb 24, 2010 12:21 am

Hi Transpac787,

Thanks for sharing this report and congrats to your Dad on his impressive career. I've enjoyed all your reports (and the shots of the flight deck in particular), and hope you'll keep posting in the future...athough I'll miss the unique insight you are able to provide when flying with your Dad as the Captain.

Thanks again and best wishes.

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Wed Feb 24, 2010 3:33 am

A truly unique trip report. Thanks for sharing.
 
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RE: Cockpit TR: NW 747-400 Captain's Final Flight

Wed Feb 24, 2010 3:53 am

Great report. Really enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing.

Must have been emotional flying for the last time   Thats very hard im sure, cant imagine myself in that situation.

Anyways, congrats to your dad on his long and successful career.

Salam,
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RE: Cockpit TR: NW 747-400 Captain's Final Flight

Wed Feb 24, 2010 5:32 am

What a special, once-in-a-lifetime experience. You're so lucky to be able to be a part of that, even if you weren't physically on the very last flight! And that's amazing how he had such an eventful landing at NRT!

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RE: Cockpit TR: NW 747-400 Captain's Final Flight

Wed Feb 24, 2010 5:28 pm

Quoting jayeshrulz (Reply 20):
Did you get the water salute on landing?

Nah. You have to arrange that ahead of time through the company and he didn't care too much about it. As it turned out, it would have been a bit of a moot point since they had the medical emergency on board and had to do the fast-taxi into the gate, haha

Quoting BZNPilot (Reply 21):
Thanks for sharing this report and congrats to your Dad on his impressive career. I've enjoyed all your reports (and the shots of the flight deck in particular), and hope you'll keep posting in the future...athough I'll miss the unique insight you are able to provide when flying with your Dad as the Captain.

Thank you!!

One of my dad's best buddies is a SEA-based A330 captain so it looks like I'll have to start taking those a lot more now, haha. Start getting some Airbus TR's and cockpit pics.

Quoting egyptair269 (Reply 23):
Must have been emotional flying for the last time

Leading up to the trip I think he was a bit more nervous than emotional. Once he got in the saddle for the final time though, I think he just enjoyed the moment for what it was and didn't think too much about the overall significance.

Quoting dfw36l (Reply 24):
What a special, once-in-a-lifetime experience. You're so lucky to be able to be a part of that,

I know, right!! The nonrev Gods smiled on the occasion, actually letting me get seats on a couple of the flights haha. The final flight, HNL-NRT, was totally full so the chief pilot's office had to authorize a must-ride seat assignment for my mom to get on his final flight.
 
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RE: Cockpit TR: NW 747-400 Captain's Final Flight

Wed Feb 24, 2010 10:55 pm

This is one the best reports I've ever read here. Very interesting and enjoyable. I especially enjoyed the pictures of the aircraft; I sometimes get bored seeing so many pictures of the food service.

If I died, I'd want to come back as YOU -- you are so lucky to have experienced all of this first-hand!!
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RE: Cockpit TR: NW 747-400 Captain's Final Flight

Wed Feb 24, 2010 11:43 pm

Thanks for sharing. A really unique report and some excellent pictures.

Good luck to your dad for whatever the future brings.

Matt  
 
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RE: Cockpit TR: NW 747-400 Captain's Final Flight

Sat Feb 27, 2010 9:26 pm

Quoting Daviation (Reply 26):
I especially enjoyed the pictures of the aircraft; I sometimes get bored seeing so many pictures of the food service.

Thanks  

Quoting Daviation (Reply 26):
If I died, I'd want to come back as YOU -- you are so lucky to have experienced all of this first-hand!!

Haha well I do all this trips in between going to class so I pay my due penance for these trips. Like the proverb says, be careful what you wish for  

Quoting DunaA320 (Reply 27):
Good luck to your dad for whatever the future brings.

I think he'll be out of the flying saddle for awhile but in due course he'll start doing nonrev trips everywhere. I think he wants to go to Europe again after having gone to Asia for the last decade haha
 
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RE: Cockpit TR: NW 747-400 Captain's Final Flight

Fri Mar 12, 2010 9:29 pm

Quoting Transpac787 (Thread starter):
Sunset over the Waikiki beaches

Nice shot

Quoting Transpac787 (Reply 19):
Nah... given how the seniority played out during integration, he would have been on reserve for the rest of his days.

Ouch...27 years seniority on reserve....

Quoting Transpac787 (Reply 25):
One of my dad's best buddies is a SEA-based A330 captain so it looks like I'll have to start taking those a lot more now, haha. Start getting some Airbus TR's and cockpit pics.

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RE: Cockpit TR: NW 747-400 Captain's Final Flight

Thu Mar 18, 2010 7:53 pm

Wow, truly amazing pictures. Touching trip report.
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RE: Cockpit TR: NW 747-400 Captain's Final Flight

Thu Mar 18, 2010 11:21 pm

Very nice report....How dose your father's retirement effect your ability to no-rev?
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RE: Cockpit TR: NW 747-400 Captain's Final Flight

Mon Mar 22, 2010 2:18 pm

Nice report and pictures, a shame you could not manage the very last flight though.

Quoting Transpac787 (Thread starter):
I was extremely lucky in getting on his first flight of the trip. On 08FEB and 09FEB, DL ran an additional flight on DTW-NRT each day, essentially as a ferry/positioning flight for two 744's out to NRT given the schedule changes on NRT-HNL and KIX-HNL. DL decided to run the ferry flights as quasi-revenue flights, despite attracting very low load factors given how you could book them only about 10-11 days before departure. So as for me, the nonrev, it worked out VERY nicely, haha.

- Interesting stuff.

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Mark
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