NWA Withdrawl by Doug Meyer

nwa-withdrawl-by-doug-meyerNWA Withdrawl

by Doug Meyer

While cleaning out my garage this last weekend I came across nine factory sealed cardboard cartons that have been there since last fall.

After the Northwest Airlines acquisition by Delta was finally completed last fall, Northwest had what amounted to a huge garage sale. It was supposed to be employees-only, but they didn’t check ID at the door and all sales were cash, so I made a few once-in-a-lifetime purchases.

I first flew NWA in 1965 and have been doing a lot of flying with them ever since, in a very off and on fashion. In recent years it’s been more ‘on’, and as a reward for my loyalty I’ve ridden in the front of the airplane an awful lot – both domestically and across oceans. I really appreciated lie-flat seats, various kinds of priority service in queues/short queues/no queues, unlimited free drinks, hot food in porcelain dishes, people taking your coat and hanging it up for you, calling you ‘sir’ or by name, etc. In fact, I developed a great sense of entitlement (all of that’s gone now.)

But that’s not where this story is going. When the death knell rang, I walked into their garage/hangar sale and found all these neat, brand new things for sale for next to nothing. Everything had a NWA logo. Enough to stock a galley. So I did (stock a galley). Everything they sold came in factory-sealed multiples of 48. Dinner plates, salad plates, casseroles, cups, knives, forks, spoons, mugs, highball glasses, cordial glasses, etc. I got one box of everything they had*.

So in a few years, if you’re interested, I’ll invite you (and several dozen other people) to a ‘NWA retirement’ party. I’ll literally break out the ‘china’, ‘crystal’ and ‘silver’, run it through the dishwasher, and serve something on every plate and in every glass. You can take an entire service home with you as a souvenir – just like on a real airline! What say you? (This thing might have to be run in relays; I can’t imagine the infinitesimally small probability of four dozen people from all over the world arriving here in Burnsville at the same time for a dinner party. Especially when the party favour is a set of dirty dishes.)

I should tell you that that defunct company is one I’ve had a love-hate relationship with for many decades. At times I’ve cursed it and wished it were gone. Be careful what you wish for, folks.

When’s the last time you ever had a stewardess (that’s what they called ’em then) tuck you into bed? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4nb489Dy5Q

*A lot of this stuff is being flogged on eBay as we speak…so there is no intrinsic collector’s value. You have to come for the party, not for the favour!

2 Responses to “NWA Withdrawl by Doug Meyer”
  1. Cousin Mick says:

    Awesome stuff!
    Love the old logo.

  2. mel says:

    Oh man, I would have bought so much stuff at that sale, I understand why you snapped up 9 boxes of it! That’s great 🙂

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