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    Northwest Airlines Orders Additional Airbus A330 Aircraft
    Wednesday January 26, 3:00 pm ET

    MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Northwest Airlines (Nasdaq: NWAC - News) today announced that it has ordered eight additional Airbus A330 wide-body aircraft.

    The additional A330s will fly international routes and will replace, on a one-for-one basis, DC10-30 aircraft in Northwest's fleet beginning in 2006 and continuing through 2007. With these additional A330 aircraft, Northwest will be able to replace the DC10-30 on all trans-Atlantic routes operated by Northwest.

    The order includes six of the -300 series, configured with 34 seats in Northwest's new World Business Class and 264 seats in coach class, and two of the longer-range -200 series aircraft, with 32 seats in World Business Class and 211 seats in coach class. The aircraft will be powered by Pratt & Whitney PW4168A engines, the engines on Northwest's existing A330 fleet.

    As part of the transaction, Northwest has obtained firm financing commitments from the manufacturers, offering Northwest flexibility in future financing alternatives. The purchase price of the aircraft was not disclosed.

    All of Northwest's A330 aircraft are equipped with the airline's lie-flat World Business Class seats, which offer 176 degrees of recline, more degrees of recline than any other U.S. airline's competing product, as well as an array of innovative comforts and features. Customers in both cabins of Northwest's A330 aircraft also enjoy a state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment system, featuring a wide variety of audio and video entertainment, all available on demand.

    The A330 also provides Northwest with significant maintenance savings and up to 30 percent in fuel savings over the DC10-30 aircraft it will replace. The A330 possesses a similar flight deck, systems and handling characteristics to Northwest's Airbus A319/A320 fleet, which also helps contain training expenses for the airline.

    Northwest currently operates 15 A330 aircraft, including eight -300s and seven -200s, part of an order of 24 A330s placed by the airline in January of 2001. The remaining nine aircraft from that order will be delivered between 2005 and 2007. As part of the A330 order announced today, the delivery of three aircraft from the order placed in 2001 has been accelerated from 2007- 2008 to 2006. Northwest's first A330 went into service in August 2003.

    Northwest Airlines is the world's fourth largest airline with hubs at Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Memphis, Tokyo, and Amsterdam, and approximately 1,500 daily departures. Northwest is a member of SkyTeam, a global airline alliance partnership with Aeromexico, Air France, Alitalia, Continental Airlines, CSA Czech Airlines, Delta Air Lines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, and Korean Air. SkyTeam offers customers one of the world's most extensive global networks. Northwest and its travel partners serve more than 900 cities in more than 160 countries on six continents.

    Source: Northwest Airlines

  • #2
    That was good move with NW are orders with Airbus A330 aircraft. They are quite very happy for it. They will get repalce them with older DC-10 aircraft. I am gonna to miss them anytime soon.


    • #3
      Great to hear, I love those A330s in NW colors
      You've got to try to find what's right before your eyes-Finger Eleven


      • #4
        So much for that 7e7 deal
        Pop quiz: Which US president said, "Saddam Hussein has spent the better part of this decade, and much of his nation's wealth, not on providing for the Iraqi people, but on developing nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and the missiles to deliver them."
        George W. Bush is not correct. It was Bill Clinton in his 1998 State of the Union speech. HMMMMMMMMM.


        • #5
          Originally posted by wannabepilot777
          So much for that 7e7 deal
          Same could be said for the A350. A decision on that hasn't been made yet, both could still be ordered. Don't forget, the 7E7 won't be available before 2008 and the A350 before 2010, but NW needs the planes from 2006 on, so it was expectable that either they would extend the use of DC-10s, or get more A330s.



          • #6
            That's a nice follow on order.


            • #7
              Will be missing the DC10-30's at Eham, nwa comes here with quite a lot of A330 already. However, some of the DC10-30's with old colourschemes do look awfully neglected (paint is bleeched or comming off) , some new a330 will be quite some improvement. And indeed, the new nwa colours are great


              • #8
                No suprise here but a follow up

                Press Release Source: Pratt & Whitney

                Northwest Airlines Purchases Additional Pratt & Whitney PW4168A Engines
                Wednesday January 26, 3:56 pm ET

                EAST HARTFORD, Conn., Jan. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Northwest Airlines has selected Pratt & Whitney PW4168A engines to power eight additional Airbus A330 wide-body aircraft that the airline will purchase. Northwest's fleet of Pratt & Whitney-powered A330 aircraft will grow to 32.

                "Pratt & Whitney has enjoyed a long and proud history with Northwest Airlines," said Steve Heath, president, Pratt & Whitney Commercial Engines. "We have built a strong partnership with Northwest and we appreciate Northwest's continued confidence in our PW4168A engines."

                The PW4000 engine family completed 10 years of A330 revenue service in December 2004. The PW4168A engine provides the lowest emissions in its class and was the first engine to receive 90-minute extended twin-engine operations (ETOPS) approval prior to entry into service. The engine continues to demonstrate excellent reliability on the A330 aircraft.

                Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies company (NYSE: UTX - News), is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines, space propulsion systems and industrial gas turbines. The Commercial Engines organization has more than 500 aviation customers worldwide and a global aftermarket network of 23 overhaul and repair shops.

                Mark P. Sullivan
                Phone: 860-565-9600

                Source: Pratt & Whitney



                • #9
                  Originally posted by wannabepilot777
                  So much for that 7e7 deal
                  Umm yeah, since the 7e7 isnt a competitor with the A330, I wouldnt count it out. I dont know why you think that the 7e7 has no chance. This is just so that they can build their network, ive been hearing Athens, Munich, and finally starting Madrid.


                  • #10
                    Wow, a330 is going gangbusters at the moment, will be interesting if Airbus can wedge an a350 order in there eventually.



                    • #11
                      Do yopu think that some of the A330s would have came from the order that U.S. cancelled? If so, will NWA recieve a lower price on the planes?
                      Whatever is necessary, is never unwise.