Fly Northwest operated flights for smooth rides.

tb_neg

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Northwest Airlines is known for their top notch turbulence forecasting abilities, and even more amazingly, they spend the fuel the make their flights more comfortable for their passengers.

Click these pictures for an illustration on how Northwest is the best airline for smooth flights.

What you will be looking at is the flight path of two different airlines from Detroit to Las Vegas. One of them is Northwest. You'll notice how Northwest gives a wide berth to turbulence trouble spots from that day.

Note that flying Northwest doesn't necessarily mean you'll have a smooth flight, but it should increase your chances as long as they stick with this policy (which is an amazing policy considering the price of fuel).

Also note that this goes for Transatlantic flights.

Northwest Airlines

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See a discussion about this at Airliners.net
http://www.airliners.net/discussions/general_aviation/read.main/2689466/
 

Tim_757

New member
NWA TP Program

NWA TP Program

Northwest has had a "Turbulence Plot" program for a long time-back to when it was Northwest Orient. Company meterologist would issue a TP plot and update it daily. The crews(Mostly the Second Officers/Flight Engineers) would plot the co-ordinates on the "TP Plot" chart and the pilots/dispatchers would take the 'boxes' into consideration when setting up the routes.

Copying down all the TP plot info was a pain but it does pay-off in smoother rides etc. Now it comes up on the ACARs unit (think company email between the crews and the comapny)

Northwest's own flying/navigation/Jeppeson charts carried by crews have the "Mountain Wave" areas on them and will be informed if a particular mountain wave area is 'active'. This was not found on the standard high-altitude charts.

Tim
 

ksjhawk

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Absolutely NWA is the best. Had a flight from DTW to MCI last year during the summer. I knew the flight was longer than it should have been, when the pilot says "folks were going to go around this clouds bank (huge cumulonimbus/thunder heads) rather than go through that hole in the clouds. We'll be just north of Springfield, MO". Springfield isn't even close to the vector for DTW-MCI, but we flew around the terrible clouds right up the KAN-MO stateline and into MCI without any reals bumps. By contrast American would fly right through that hole to save time and fuel - and still be late. NWA does a great job to avoid turbulence in my experiences. WorldPerks is great program as well and I think MSP and DTW are two of the best hubs in the US.

I don't work for NWA or the airlines. I just have had good experiences with NWA, Delta, Midwest (the best) and Southwest. AA - worst service. Don't use UA, US Airways or Continental much. UA - don't like their hubs. US Airways - good experience to Europe and back. Continental - can only get ERJ service >90% of time.
 

tb_neg

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I've checked out a few Delta routes today and compared them to Northwest routes. (I did LGA-LAS, DTW-LAS and the reverse), and I didn't like what I saw in terms of routing choices taken by Delta. Let's hope they get some Northwest routing out of the deal. :frown:
 

astanard

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NWA still avoiding turbulence?

NWA still avoiding turbulence?

Out of curiosity, does NWA still have a good reputation for avoiding turbulence (I see this thread started 2 years ago)? I picked the airline because it was all good size planes, but this would be a plus. One of my flights from DTW to IAH is actually Continental. Any info on them one way or the other?
 

tb_neg

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I believe NWA still does and still are the best, but, it's hard to judge this time of year because generally flights are fairly smooth because the jet stream is up to the north and weak at this time. So, it does not really matter this time of year as much, so you'll be fine. I think Continental is OK.
 
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