WA707atMSP wrote:TW870 wrote:As others have noted, NW flew the DC-10 extensively in Asia after the GE-powered DC-10-30s started arriving from Swissair and other carriers in 1992.
The bigger question is if Northwest ever scheduled the Pratt powered DC-10-40s to Asia. If they did, it would have been in a very short window in the 1970s. I swear I have seen NW advertisements for the DC-10 in Asia, but after surveying schedules from 1974, 1976, 1978, and 1980, I see no DC-10 transpac service. DC-10s flew west coast to Alaska and Hawaii, but nothing that I can find further to the West. And once NW built up its Europe flying out of BOS and DTW, the whole DC-10-40 fleet was occupied with domestic and Europe. Can anyone find examples of NW DC-10-40 flying in Asia?
NW's April 29, 1973 timetable shows the DC-10 was used on NW 3, IAD-CLE-ORD-ANC-HND. The HND-ITM-TPE legs of this flight were operated with a 707.
The April 22, 1974 timetable shows this flight was due to switch to a 747, and the CLE stop would be omitted, effective June 1, 1974.
Other flights you could take an NW DC-10 in 1973 were:
NW 20 PDX-ORD-CLE
NW 28 SEA-ORD-CLE-PHL-JFK
NW 51 PHL-DTW-SEA-PDX
NW 57 CLE-ORD-PDX-SEA
NW 80 MSP-DTW-PHL
NW 153 MSP-SFO
NW 158 SFO-MSP
NW 245 JFK-DTW-ORD-MSP
NW 707 FLL-ORD-MSP
NW 726 MSP-ORD-FLL
Out of curiosity, how did Northwest decide to operate a DC-10 on routes like ORD-CLE and DTW-ORD? Why would anyone operate an aircraft that large on these routes?