Patent, whenever anyone comments on the fact that NW
has old planes, you are usually quick to jump down their throats (don't try to picture this at home kids), when if you look at the top 6 and their oldest aircraft, Delta, Continental, American, US, and United are all 1981-83, and Northwest is 1966. That is a full 15-17 odd years older.
While I do agree that NW
would not fly them if they thought they were unsafe, plenty along the way have felt unsafe on them (Most notably Sammy Sosa, who refuses to fly on the team charters anymore because of it).
Lastly, I would be curious to see the machanical delay and cancelation rate for these planes if such data is available to any of us. Continentals fleet operates with a 99.87% completion factor, and just for Alpha1's sake, CLE
operated a 100% completion for October.