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will there be a ceremony for the last Northwest flight?

 
Old Aug 31, 09, 3:28 pm
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will there be a ceremony for the last Northwest flight?

I happened to be at a nearby gate for a few inaugural NW flights. This weekend, I probably took my last NW flight, assuming they will be gone by year's end. Thought to myself "goodbye NW".
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Old Aug 31, 09, 3:40 pm
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Originally Posted by TWA A380 View Post
Thought to myself "goodbye NW".
It's that "good riddance NWA" ? Or, "I'm gonna miss you NWA, too bad you're morphing into Delta"....
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Originally Posted by TWA A380 View Post
I happened to be at a nearby gate for a few inaugural NW flights. This weekend, I probably took my last NW flight, assuming they will be gone by year's end. Thought to myself "goodbye NW".
There was a thread about this earlier in the year speculating what would be the last NW flight and whether DL would do anything special for it. Throw me in the camp of "I hope DL does something big about it" and lets us, especially us FT'ers, know in advance, so we could perhaps do something big about it as well.
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Old Aug 31, 09, 3:46 pm
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One passenger, an old lady, thought that the Northwest name was better.

One of my recent flights was on N501US, a 757-200 from 1985, possibly the first one. Nice to be on that one. I've seen the first NW A320 but haven't been on it for over a decade.

edit: google says that the first NW A320 has been retired.

Originally Posted by gnp001 View Post
It's that "good riddance NWA" ? Or, "I'm gonna miss you NWA, too bad you're morphing into Delta"....
Northwest was my 3rd tier of airlines. 1st tier is the exceptional, 2nd the really good ones. 3rd is the ordinary ones that I like. (4th is slight dislike, 5the worst than that). To me NW is tier 3, Delta is tier 4.

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Old Aug 31, 09, 5:33 pm
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Originally Posted by gnp001 View Post
It's that "good riddance NWA" ? Or, "I'm gonna miss you NWA, too bad you're morphing into Delta"....
Couldn't it just be "goodbye NW"?
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Old Aug 31, 09, 8:46 pm
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I have a feeling that given the magnitude of this merger the actual 'end' of NW will be a bit fuzzy for some time. A lot of NW planes have DL external livery and the interiors are slowly migrating but some things take a long time to die. If you look at some planes you can still find Republic markings for instance.

For flyertalkers I guess the 'good bye' will be the end of Sep DO - see the sticky at the top of the forum for the pointer.
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what republic markings still exist (not skeptical but curious)?
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what republic markings still exist (not skeptical but curious)?
I've seen a few small metal plates on boarding doors, jetways, that sort of thing. They are rather small and usually those little plates that are bolted on so it was probably left as too hard to remove for such a little thing. Just something you see when you're stuck in line on a jetbridge.
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They are rather small and usually those little plates that are bolted on so it was probably left as too hard to remove for such a little thing. .
They probably aren't too hard to remove, but the screw that holds them on holds the plane together!
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Interesting. I always like looking for the metal plates on some AA and DL MD-80s that say DC-9-80 on them...
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Originally Posted by pmaddock View Post
I've seen a few small metal plates on boarding doors, jetways, that sort of thing. They are rather small and usually those little plates that are bolted on so it was probably left as too hard to remove for such a little thing. Just something you see when you're stuck in line on a jetbridge.
I was in MEM waiting for a flight, and I saw a DC-9 newly painted in Delta's colors, and the tail number included the letters NC.

When I was a teenager living near Muskegon and Grand Rapids in the 1960s, the "Blue Goose" was a part of our lives.
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Old Sep 10, 09, 12:14 am
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To the OP: Yes, there will be. All PE's will be invited to ATL to attend a special lineup next to the approach to the gate and throw rice and bird seed at Doug and Richard as they head down the gangway to board the last Red Tail NW flight which will take them from ATL to MSP to SFO. From there, they will disembark and be whisked away to downtown San Francisco so they can head on over to Macy's and pick out a new china pattern to be used in FC and BC going forward.

-A

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Old Sep 10, 09, 5:43 pm
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The latest information coming out of flight ops is the single operating certificate (SOC) should be complete the last week of December. However due to the holiday travel period, DL will wait until the first week of January to merge Northwest's certificate into Delta's. At this point Northwest will cease to exists as a certified, recognized airline by the federal government. To me - this will conclude the ultimate last NW flight.
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