Northwest to Accelerate Retirement of DC10 Aircraft

The airline said that during the next seven months, it will replace DC10 aircraft with new Airbus A330s and Boeing 747-400 aircraft being returned to service.


MINNEAPOLIS, June 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Northwest Airlines today announced that it will accelerate the retirement of its remaining 12 DC10-30 aircraft in service. The airline said that during the next seven months, it will replace DC10 aircraft with new Airbus A330s and Boeing 747-400 aircraft being returned to service. Currently, seven routes are served with the DC10.

"The retirement of the DC10 is another milestone in the transformation of Northwest," said Phil Haan, executive vice president of international, alliances and information technology and chairman of NWA Cargo. "For our customers, employees and the communities we serve, this clearly shows that the Northwest of the future is about becoming a more cost-efficient airline operating aircraft that provides greater comfort for travelers."

Northwest-Operated Trans-Atlantic Flights To Be All-A330 Starting Oct. 31

While most of Northwest's trans-Atlantic flights already offer A330 service, during the next four months, the airline's Memphis, Tenn. - Amsterdam (Oct. 29), Minneapolis/St. Paul - London ( Oct. 29) and Amsterdam - Mumbai, India service (Oct. 1 ) will transition to A330 service. Also this fall, the airline's entire Minneapolis/St. Paul - Amsterdam schedule, which currently is operated with both the A330 and the DC10, will be operated with the A330 (Oct. 29).

As of Oct. 31, 2006, the airline's entire trans-Atlantic schedule will be operated with the A330, which offers travelers comforts and amenities unmatched by any other U.S. airline and many international competitors.

"The conversion to an all A330 fleet across the Atlantic also will enhance the Northwest-KLM joint venture (JV) by utilizing larger capacity aircraft on most JV routes," Haan added.

Minneapolis/St. Paul - Honolulu Travelers to Enjoy A330 Beginning Jan. 8.

After retirement from all international service on Oct. 31 , the only remaining DC10 service at Northwest will be on its daily Minneapolis/St. Paul- Honolulu flight. Northwest's A330 will make its domestic debut on Jan. 8, 2007, when it replaces the DC10 on that route, providing a new level of comfort to Hawaii. The transition to the A330 will also mark the official retirement of the DC10 from scheduled service at Northwest.

A330 More Efficient, Quieter Aircraft than DC10

The A330 provides Northwest with up to 30 percent in fuel savings, lower maintenance costs, and is a much quieter aircraft, than the DC10-30 it replaces. As an example, on the Minneapolis/St. Paul - Amsterdam route, the A330 will carry 25 more passengers, yet consume 6,100 fewer gallons (23,090 liters) of fuel each way, than the DC10.

A330 Provides Travelers with Better Seats, In-Flight Entertainment System

Northwest began taking delivery of new Airbus A330 aircraft in August 2003 and currently has 20 aircraft in trans-Atlantic, trans-Pacific and intra-Asia service. The airline has an additional 12 on order scheduled for delivery between now and the end of 2007.

Northwest's A330s are equipped with the airline's World Business Class lie-flat seats, new seats in coach class, and an in-flight entertainment system in both cabins that Northwest was the first North American airline to offer.

The fully interactive in-flight entertainment system offers a wide variety of music, movies, short subject programs, games, shopping and in-flight information, all "on demand," giving customers the freedom and flexibility to start, pause or stop at any time. The gateway to all of these features is a convenient retractable controller, making it easy to access from any sitting position, as opposed to stationary controllers fixed on armrests.

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