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Author Topic: Northwood Airlines Company Profile  (Read 115 times)

Offline fanglin

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Northwood Airlines Company Profile
« on: March 24, 2020, 03:34:36 AM »
This topic is primarily for me to write about my AoF airline, Northwoods Airlines. I will update it as the gameworld progresses including new liveries on new aircraft, new bases, and backstory details. This is a work in progress, so any feedback is welcome.



Douglas DC-6B

Northwood Air Lines was founded at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (KATL) on June 22 of 1964. It was named after the expanses of North American evergreen forests that cover the northern parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Upper Peninsula, and Mainland Michigan. The airline’s first few aircraft were a number of older Douglas DC-6Bs operating flights to larger cities in the eastern as well as western halves of the United States. Northwood’s first revenue destination was Cleveland Hopkins International Airport which flew under the pennant of Northwoods 1 (NT001). The first 20 DC-6B aircraft were fitted with 102 economy class seats per the factory default configuration. 1965 saw the re-configuration of these cabins to fit 90 economy seats with better overall pitch and comfort. Northwood Airlines operated 43 DC-6Bs as of 1967, all with 90 economy class seats.





(Northwood Air Lines Douglas DC-6B named Grand Marais)



The Northwoods DC-6Bs operated flights to ten different cities in California, two in Arizona, two, in Nevada, two in Washington, as well as numerous other states in the American West and Rocky Mountain regions. DC-6Bs were also flown on select East Coast, Midwest, and Florida routes between 1964 and 1970.

As most of Northwood’s DC-6Bs were aging leased aircraft, a more modern, faster, and reliable aircraft was required as a replacement towards the end of the 1960s. The lack of cargo capacity in the DC-6B was also a concern to replace. A number of different aircraft were considered for the replacement of the Douglas DC-6B, including the Boeing 727-100 tri-jet, as well as the British-made Hawker Siddeley HS121 Trident tri-jet. Both of these aircraft were ruled as too inefficient due to the three separate jet engines used in each design. The Douglas DC-9 and the Boeing 737 were subsequently considered as DC-6B replacements due to the reduced fuel consumption, equal speed, and passenger comfort. Douglas could not offer the range to service key West Coast cities with any of their DC-9 jets (-10, -15, -20, -31), so Northwood Airlines placed an order for 56 leased Boeing 737-100 aircraft for more regional routes, as well as a direct purchase from Boeing for 49 of the larger 737-200 Advanced to accommodate direct flights to the West Coast from Atlanta.






Convair CV-440

In 1965, only a year after it’s first flight Northwood Airlines needed a smaller medium-sized aircraft to fill the regional market that the Douglas DC-6B could not. Contenders for this role included the Hawker Siddeley HS748, the Vickers Viscount, and the Convair CV-440 Metropolitan. The San Diego constructed CV-440s were chosen due to the sheer availability on the used market, the domestic production line, and the engine commonality with the Douglas DC-6B (Pratt & Whitney Double Wasp R2800). In 1967, the airline operated 56 of the type with numerous more used aircraft on order. Each Northwood CV-440 could seat up to 44 passengers and fly up to 900 nautical miles with a full load of passengers and cargo, meaning it could reach any city in New England, the Midwest, Florida, Texas and even parts of the Great Plains. Two years after it’s first flight for the airline, the CV-440s were flown from Atlanta to 155 different destinations in most of the continental United States, ranging from airports as large as LaGuardia and New Orleans to airports as small as La Crosse and Rickenbacker.





(Northwood Air Lines Convair CV-440 Metropolitan, N207NT (bt. 1952), Named Rhinelander)



Boeing 737-100

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(Northwood Airlines Boeing 737-100 N301NT, named Wausau)




Boeing 737-200 Advanced

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(Northwood Airlines Boeing 737-200 Advanced N302NT, named Houghton)

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Re: Northwood Airlines Company Profile
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In July of 1967, executives at Northwood Airlines announced that the airline would be expanding out of Atlanta and opening up a new hub at San Francisco International Airport. After negotiating with the airport committee, it was agreed that Northwood Airlines would ferry an initial fourteen Douglas DC-6B aircraft to be based from SFO. These DC-6Bs started by flying popular transcontinental flights, the longest in Northwood’s route network at the time, followed by some key commuter routes up and down the west coast of America. It was later revealed that an additional 14 Convair CV-440s would be leased and based out of San Francisco, connecting cities in the American Southwest and the Rocky Mountains with the economic powerhouse of the bay area. There are plans to rebase a number of Boeing 737-200 Advanced aircraft to San Francisco International once they begin planned delivery in 1972, introducing a new jet age to the west.





Fokker F.28-1000 Fellowship


Northwood Airlines received its first jet aircraft, a Dutch-made Fokker F.28-1000 registered N401NW on June 5th, 1969. This aircraft, based in Atlanta, will be subject to crew training and charter flights until it enters service on key regional routes within the next few months. N402NW and N403NW, as of now are also in production and will be ferried to the US when complete.




Northwood's First Fokker F.28-1000, N401NW, Built May 15th, 1969, Named Rochester


 

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