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Delta MD-80 Opinions?  
User currently offlineVS747SPUR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 373 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 2 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 12104 times:

Hi everyone,
Im due to fly on a DL md-80 pretty soon, and was just wondering what they are like ? Things like comfort, noise in the cabin etc...

Many thanks,

VS747SPUR


Fly DL
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User currently offlineCatatonic From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 1155 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 12098 times:

I flew on AA's MD80's. They are quite small but quiet if you sit up at the front. When you look out the window when your on the ground its strange feeling to be so close to the ground where your sat. The configurations were strange to me (2-3's) but they were comfortable even though it had a cramped feeling. When I flew on one I had just got off a 757 and before that I was on a 777 so it wasnt such a noticable difference as getting off a 777 and onto an MD80 though there was still a big difference if you know what I mean. If you are flying trans atlantic on a widebody and then getting on an MD80 I would imagine this would make it feel especially cramped. Hope i havent talked to much sh*t!


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User currently offlineKFLLCFII From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 3303 posts, RR: 30
Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 12089 times:

VS, what row are you in? That makes a BIG difference...


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User currently offlineUsAirways16bwi From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1004 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 12087 times:

When I flew on a DL MD-88, ATL-BWI, I was in 14F and it was very quiet. When taking off from ATL, I could barely hear the engines, I could just feel the acceleration. It was a VERY smooth flight even though we were in the clouds almost the whole flight.

It was only my 2nd time on a MD-80 series plane. The other was US MD-81, PHL-FLL, and I sat towards the back. It was loud, but not that loud. It was just like sitting next to the engine of an older 737.

Also, MD-80's have awesome climbing performance, they seem to shoot up at a high angle, which is very fun.

It was a small space, but I didn't feel cramped, and the seats were comfy.
Overall, I think you will enjoy the MD-80


User currently offlineWayfarer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 12085 times:


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Beautiful sharp looking M88s!

OLD photos of DL M88 interior cabin (I think they put new leather seats but no photos yet)


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User currently offlineVS747SPUR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 373 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 2 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 12074 times:

Many thanks for all your replies they are all of great help !

I am not sure what row I am I haven't prebooked it, are their any rows which are better than others ?

Many thanks,

VS747SPUR



Fly DL
User currently offlineASMD80 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 126 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 12069 times:

Quoting VS747SPUR (Reply 5):

I am not sure what row I am I haven't prebooked it, are their any rows which are better than others

Avoid sitting on or behind the wing (excess noise and vibration) . Don't sit too far up front because of wind noise during cruise.

Best advice: Try to snag a seat in rows 13-16. Don't go any farther back than row 19. Check delta.com to see if a seat is available in one of those rows on your flight.



Some things are actually better at 30,000+ feet...
User currently offlineRCS763AV From Colombia, joined Jun 2004, 4395 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 months 15 hours ago) and read 12054 times:

They are a little tight but ok for the short flights they do, better than AA´s MDs yes.


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User currently offlineNwafflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 1050 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (9 years 2 months 8 hours ago) and read 12040 times:

Don't fly in the back -- the engine noise is loud, and you are right by the lavatory -- in addition, you can feel the floor flex

User currently offlineAlitalia744 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 4750 posts, RR: 44
Reply 9, posted (9 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 12023 times:

go for 29E or 30E. yes it's in the rear but has 35" pitch...


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User currently offlineVatveng From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 968 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (9 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 12009 times:

How about Delta's 738s? I'm in 20A on a transcon next week (SLC-ATL), and it's a redeye, can I count on getting any sleep?

By the way, any Delta folks here working 1872 or 423 this Thursday morning?



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User currently offline767300er From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 7 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 1 month 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 11996 times:

a nice addishon to the delta fleet
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User currently offlineAlitalia744 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 4750 posts, RR: 44
Reply 12, posted (9 years 1 month 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 11979 times:

Quoting Vatveng (Reply 10):
How about Delta's 738s? I'm in 20A on a transcon next week (SLC-ATL), and it's a redeye, can I count on getting any sleep?

sit in 29A, 30A or 31 BC...

each of those rows has between 33-36" pitch! Trust me Smile



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User currently offline57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2550 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 11950 times:

Relatively comfortable compared to similar sized airliners. Performance is something else-according to a DAL line captain who was my counselor at Texas A&M Aviation camp the MD-88 can easily climb at 6,000+ fpm at minimum weights. In otherwords, it's climb rate is like a rocketship when lightly loaded.


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User currently offlineFlynboy747 From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 93 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 11899 times:

Quoting Alitalia744 (Reply 9):
go for 29E or 30E. yes it's in the rear but has 35" pitch...

I flew an 88 last week to DAB. I sat in 28E and it wasn't that loud at all. You can hear the engine, but it's quieter than sitting next to the engine of a 757, 737, etc.


User currently offlineDelta767300ER From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2562 posts, RR: 11
Reply 15, posted (9 years 1 month 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 11795 times:

I am flying my first DL MD-88 flight in 3 weeks from MCO-ATL. I have only flown on Continental and TWA's MD-80 Series. I found CO's to be cramped and dull, while I found TW's to be very nice and modern. I am sitting in 25A which is an exit row so I am excited about that. I am also flying on a DL 737-800 from PHX-ATL. I am sitting in one of the rear rows where their could possibly be some seats removed behind mine so we will see what happens.

-Delta767300ER


User currently offlineBoeingATL From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 144 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (9 years 1 month 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 11763 times:

Delta's "Mad-Dogs" are real workhorses. . . as I imagine they are with most airlines. The closer you sit to the front, the better and quieter the ride. Back by the engines is like being in some kind of factory.

Delta's MD's received the first cabin updates. Really, not much of anything but some nasty blue leather. But it's a great short-haul plane and pilots seem to like them.



boeingATL
User currently offlineAlitalia744 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 4750 posts, RR: 44
Reply 17, posted (9 years 1 month 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 11758 times:

Quoting Delta767300ER (Reply 15):
I am flying my first DL MD-88 flight in 3 weeks from MCO-ATL. I have only flown on Continental and TWA's MD-80 Series. I found CO's to be cramped and dull, while I found TW's to be very nice and modern. I am sitting in 25A which is an exit row so I am excited about that. I am also flying on a DL 737-800 from PHX-ATL. I am sitting in one of the rear rows where their could possibly be some seats removed behind mine so we will see what happens.

-Delta767300ER

Delta767300ER - all DL 738s have the seats removed now except the "Shuttle" configured a/c flying around. Like I said above, 29/30ABC and 31AB are great seats on those crafts. The remainder of the a/c is 32" pitch.



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User currently offlineDelta767300ER From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2562 posts, RR: 11
Reply 18, posted (9 years 1 month 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 11755 times:

Alitalia744, Thanks for the info. I am seated in 30A. I always go to Seatguru.com and review the seats before I select them. This will be my longest 737 flight ever but I am looking forward to it, especially since the 738 has IFE and the seating arrangement.

-Delta767300ER


User currently offlineEurohub From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 238 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (9 years 1 month 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 11743 times:

Quoting Wayfarer (Reply 4):
OLD photos of DL M88 interior cabin (I think they put new leather seats but no photos yet)

I flew an MD-80 this summer from CVG to MCO and it had the new all-leather seat interior. Looked very smart and the new seats were very comfy too! Nice a/c for that length of trip.



Forget A vs B - Give me E or BAe any day of the week!
User currently offlineAlitalia744 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 4750 posts, RR: 44
Reply 20, posted (9 years 1 month 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 11748 times:

Quoting Delta767300ER (Reply 18):
Alitalia744, Thanks for the info. I am seated in 30A. I always go to Seatguru.com and review the seats before I select them. This will be my longest 737 flight ever but I am looking forward to it, especially since the 738 has IFE and the seating arrangement.

-Delta767300ER

Delta767300ER - hope you enjoy your flight. I always sit in 30A when on DL's 738s, favorite seat in the whole darn plane and it has 35" of pitch.

Also, some of DL's 738s (every one I've been on, but not sure about all of them??) have the seats in coach that move slightly forward when reclining so you get more of a 'laid back' sensation ....



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