Northwest Airlines will introduce its customers to its modern Airbus A330 aircraft on the airline’s daily
nonstop service between its Minneapolis/St. Paul hub and Honolulu.The deployment of the most modern aircraft in Northwest’s fleet on
the popular flight also marks the retirement of the DC10 aircraft from
scheduled passenger service at Northwest after 34 years of
transporting millions of customers within the United States, across
oceans and throughout the world.
“Northwest’s A330 aircraft will provide travelers between the Twin
Cities and Honolulu with a welcome ‘Aloha’ on the longest domestic
route we fly,” said Tom Bach, vice president of network planning and
revenue management. “Our customers will enjoy a level of seat comfort
and in-flight entertainment normally found only on international
flights, providing a travel experience to Hawaii unmatched by any
other U.S. airline.”
This morning’s DC10 arrival at Minneapolis/St. Paul International
Airport of flight 98 from Honolulu, which landed with 273 passengers
and a crew of 11 at 5:39 a.m. Central time and taxied into gate F10,
marked the retirement of the DC10 from scheduled service at Northwest.
The flight departed Honolulu yesterday at 6:12 p.m. Hawaiian time.
Aircraft number 1237/N237NW, which was built in 1980 and joined
the Northwest fleet in 1997, was the last of the two remaining DC10s
in the airline’s operating fleet to fly passengers in scheduled
service. The aircraft operated as flight 99 to Honolulu on Jan. 7 and
flight 98 on the return to the Twin Cities. It and the other remaining
DC10 have been sold.