NWA flew the DC-9–10s (78 seats) well in 2004. Fun to fly as long as you weren’t going anywhere complicated. Hot hot hot in the summer, tho.
In reality, Orient was always just a paint job. The airline‘s actual name never changed. Northwest had the same name from the Spoils Conference until the merger with Delta.This is a VERY misleading thread.
They are really Republic DC-9s that were acquired by Northwest Orient.