Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Northwest Orient: Cleveland-Seoul, 1973

Its not entirely clear what to make of this; its celebrating a route that began June 1973 from Cleveland to Seoul via Chicago, Anchorage and Tokyo. The question is, could one really board a Northwest Orient DC-10 at Cleveland Hopkins airport, and not deplane until reaching Kimpo? If so, this is a wonderful, overlooked triumph of Cleveland's aviation history. But it is also entirely likely that the service included a "change of plane" and was really just another connection through a hub. It is true that both United and Northwest used widebodies to connect to Cleveland; United used a DC-10 to shuttle Monday morning commuters from Hopkins to O'Hare up until the 1990s.

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