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RDU-JFK
05-13-2008, 08:13 AM
I'm going out to ICT in June and in looking at flights I have the chance to connect in DTW on the return trip to fly on a DC-9. Is it really that special/cool? The last time I flew a DC-9 was with TWA from JFK to somewhere in southern FL, and I don't remember.

You guys think I should go for it--or go for the slightly cheaper option? I always read on a.net about people scrambling to get on NWA's DC-9 flights...

ngreed
05-13-2008, 08:17 AM
I would do it if I were you, the DC9 is a nice aircraft, having flown DTW-IAD RT on the DC9-50 and -30 I can say it was worth it.

stuart schechter
05-13-2008, 08:29 AM
You mean a Delta DC-9 :lol:

adam613
05-13-2008, 10:06 AM
Ask Andy...

Lezam
05-13-2008, 06:42 PM
The DC9 is old, it definitely wont have any entertainment on it. But yeah, they're going to be phased out within the next few years...

LGA777
05-13-2008, 09:36 PM
there going to be phased out within the next few years...

The combination of the DL-NW merger, the price of fuel, the DC-9's thirst for fuel, and the fact that a combined DL-NW would want to reduce domestic capacity all could contribute to make their retirement more likely within the next year, not years.

If you really want to ride a 9 one last time go for it, 20 years from now you will probably be really glad if you did and really sorry if you didn't.

LGA777

RDU-JFK
05-14-2008, 11:31 AM
OK so I booked the trip--LGA-MEM-ICT-DTW-JFK on NW.

This trip will have several firsts for me: first time flying NWA, first time in MEM and DTW, and first time on a DC9-40. I'm excited to get to fly NW before the merge!

JetBlueAirwaysFan
05-17-2008, 09:44 AM
Have a great time! I have only flown on the 717, which is kinda close, but no cigar! I would love to fly a DC-9, but can't afford the trip.

kc2aqg
05-17-2008, 12:10 PM
Good for you, planning a DC-9 mileage run. I say it's worth it, I did it last year and recorded each flight on video. There's nothing like the roar of the Diesel 9 and you won't be sorry you did it in a few years when they're gone. Make sure you sit at least two rows from the back, this way you get a window view near the engines :twisted:

T-Bird76
05-17-2008, 05:58 PM
MEM isn't a bad little airport....you will feel like you walked into the 1970s though, LOL. Good BBQ places to eat in the airport. Enjoy!

kc2aqg
05-17-2008, 07:51 PM
Tommy you are so right about MEM, it's like travelling through time LOL! The new terminal at DTW is beautiful though.

RDU- If you don't mind my asking, how much is this MR going to cost you? I paid about $270 for JFK-DTW-MEM-BNA-DTW-JFK on 1 319, 2 D93's, and 2 D95's.

RDU-JFK
05-19-2008, 07:02 AM
Tommy you are so right about MEM, it's like travelling through time LOL! The new terminal at DTW is beautiful though.

RDU- If you don't mind my asking, how much is this MR going to cost you? I paid about $270 for JFK-DTW-MEM-BNA-DTW-JFK on 1 319, 2 D93's, and 2 D95's.

Cost me $295 but I am sticking around ICT for the weekend so its worth the price (I guess, after all it is Wichita!)

nwafan20
05-30-2008, 06:59 PM
Yeah, the DC-9 is a great airplane, my personal favorite. Make sure to get seats in the back (although not the last 2 rows, they don't have windows)