Northwest Airlines  Airbus A330-223   N855NW      (c/n  621)

                                   The Airbus A330-300 series was developed from the original A300 in 1992.  It was basically a
                                   long range version of the earlier initial Airbus product, but was some 33 ft longer, has a full EFIS
                                   cockpit, an enlarged wing with greater sweep and wingtip winglets.  The 330-200 series as used
                                   by Northwest is a slightly shorter version than the -300 and was first produced in 1997.  It has a
                                   maximum  passenger capacity of  381.  NWA operates them from the U.S. to both the Far East
                                   and Europe.  This very nice shot by Royal S. King is tantamount to waving a red flag at a bull,
                                   inasmuch as it was taken (in April 2005) at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac)
                                   in the heart of Boeing country. 

                                  Footnote on Northwest Airlines:

                                     On 11 September 2005 Northwest Airlines filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection while it
                                     restructured itself in the post 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina worlds.  It became the fourth airline to
                                     do so (the others were United, USAir and Delta).   The airline is seeking to make savings in the
                                     region of $1.4 billion annually (that's a big region), in order to return to profitability.  This is certainly
                                     a tall order with today's jet fuel prices and has entailed asking both pilots and mechanics to accept
                                     reduced salaries............a solution neither, at the moment (early 2006) is willing to take.  The saga
                                     continues............but for how long?