Category Archives: Northwest Airlines

Delta retires the last DC-9-31/32 from scheduled service

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) has retired the last Douglas DC-9-31/32 from scheduled service. The last flight was flight DL 2106 from Detroit to Manchester, NH on September 6. A few aircraft will be retained through October as operational spares and as charter aircraft.

Previously Delta retired the type in June 1975 but inherited the type again with the merger with Northwest Airlines.

The DC-9-41s (still unpainted) and DC-9-51s (repainted) continue to operate on scheduled Delta routes.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. DC-9-31 N8929E (msn 45866) prepares to land at Minneapolis/St. Paul hub. None of the DC-9-31/32s were repainted in Delta’s colors due to the impeding retirement.


Kalitta Air acquires the 12 ex-Northwest Boeing 747-200Fs from Delta

Kalitta Air (2nd) (Ypsilanti) has acquired the retired fleet of 12 ex-Northwest Airlines Cargo Boeing 747-200F freighters from Delta Air Lines.

Copyright Photo: Roy Lock. Boeing 747-222B (SF) N645NW (msn 23736) of Northwest Airlines taxies to the cargo parking spot at Los Angeles before the merger.

Northwest Airlines agrees to price fixing

Northwest Airlines-NWA (Minneapolis/St. Paul), now merged into Delta Air Lines (Atlanta), has agreed to plead guilty and pay a $38 million fine for conspiring to fix cargo prices according to this report by Reuters.

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Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Now gone, NWA Cargo’s Boeing 747-251B (F) N632NW (msn 23112) climbs gracefully at Anchorage.

The FAA proposes a $1.45 million fine against Northwest (now Delta)

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) (Washington) has proposed a $1.45 million fine against Northwest Airlines-NWA (now Delta Air Lines) for allegedly flying its Boeing 757-200s without the proper maintenance inspections. The alleged violations occurred between 2005 and 2008 when Northwest was still an independent airline.

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The official end of Northwest Airlines (1926 – 2009)

Northwest Airlines-NWA (Minneapolis/St. Paul) officially ended as an airline yesterday (December 31, 2009) when the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved the merger of the NW Part 121 Air Operators Certificate (AOC) into a single Part 121 AOC for Delta Air Lines, now the world’s largest airline. This ends the history of the airline which started as Northwest Airways on October 1, 1926. The company became Northwest Airlines in 1934.

Ironically the “new” Delta Air Lines is really being managed by a large number of former Northwest executives. In reality the merger was NW taking over DL and keeping the DL brand (like America West and US Airways).

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Copyright Photo: Steve Hill (Bruce Drum Collection)

U.S. imposes tighter security rules

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) (Washington) has imposed even tighter security regulations, especially for international arriving flights as it attempts to learn how a 23-year old Nigerian man was permitted to enter the country while trying to blow up the Northwest Airlines (now in Delta colors) Airbus A330-323X N820NW (msn 859) while on approach at Detroit. Carry-on luggage is being limited to one item and lines at security checkpoints are expected to be long at most U.S. airports.

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Nigerian man tried to blow up Northwest flight 253

Northwest Airlines-NWA’s (subsidiary of Delta Air Lines) (Minneapolis/St. Paul) flight NW 253 was far from usually slow Christmas flight yesterday (December 25) as the crew of Airbus A330-323X N820NW (msn 859) attempted to land at the Detroit hub.

According to the AP, “A Nigerian man who said he was an agent for al-Qaida tried to blow up a Northwest Airlines plane Friday as it was preparing to land in Detroit, but travelers who smelled smoke and heard what sounded like firecrackers rushed to subdue him, the passengers and federal officials said.

Flight 253 with 278 passengers and 11 crew members aboard was about 20 minutes from the airport when passengers heard popping noises, witnesses said. At least one person climbed over others and jumped on the man. Shortly afterward, the suspect was taken to the front of the plane with his pants cut off and his legs burned, a passenger said. Law enforcement officials said the burns indicated the explosive was strapped to his legs.

One U.S. intelligence official said the explosive device was a mix of powder and liquid. It failed when the passenger tried to detonate it.”

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Here is the statement from Delta: