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How Many DC-9's Does Airtran Have Left  
User currently offlineB727 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 521 posts, RR: 2
Posted (11 years 5 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 4526 times:

As the topic states, How many 9's do they have and what routes are they on?
It seems that Airtran will soon have the youngest fleet in the nation next to jetBlue. I booked a flight in April from ROC to TPA and was suprised that none of the flights are a DC-9

B727
Glenn

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User currently offlineGr8slvrflt From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1602 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (11 years 5 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 4489 times:

Officially, there are fifteen left but I doubt more than ten or twelve are in scheduled service. The rest are used for back-up for both 717s and CRJs. AirTran tried to get an extension for the cockpit door retrofit but failed. Apparently the $30K door must be installed by April 6th even though the fleet will be gone (and probably) scrapped within six months.

User currently offlineElwood64151 From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 2477 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (11 years 5 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 4468 times:

Actually, as of November, nine of FL's DC-9s were parked at various locations (mostly ATL) and were not even in scheduled service. Last number I heard was 13 Dash Nines in inventory, though that number could have been incorrect.


Those who fail to learn history are doomed to repeat it in summer school.
User currently offlineGoingboeing From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4875 posts, RR: 16
Reply 3, posted (11 years 5 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 4465 times:

I flew on one of the DC-9's a couple of weeks ago - ATL-TPA. I must admit, I like the 717 better.

User currently offlineB727 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 521 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (11 years 5 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4300 times:

When do they plan on phasing out all of the 9's?


B727
Glenn


User currently offlineM717 From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 608 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (11 years 5 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4291 times:

I am hearing sometime between August and October of this year.

User currently offlineTravatl From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2173 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (11 years 5 months 10 hours ago) and read 4205 times:

Last DC9 is sked to retire in October, as part of a 10-year anniversary celebration that will highlight the differences between the airline at it's inception and today....

Travis


User currently offlineBonanzaAir From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 80 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (11 years 5 months ago) and read 4151 times:

Travis - Do we know which DC-9 will make that last scheduled flight?

Bonanza


User currently offlineTravatl From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2173 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (11 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 4121 times:

Which ever one's not down for maintenance would be my guess.

Travis


User currently offlineBR715-A1-30 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (11 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 4111 times:

Travis, Will they have some kind of party for employees/civilians? If they are, I will try and make it for the party.

User currently offlineTravatl From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2173 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (11 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 4106 times:

They had a 737 retirement party in the hanger in MCO in 2001. It was only for employees though. This may be something more simply because it's a 10-year anniversary party, PLUS the completion of a total fleet replacement.

Travis


User currently offlineBUFJets From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 231 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4007 times:

How many Airtran DC-9's were retrofitted with the new cockpit doors? Since Sunday is the deadline, that should tell us how many 9's Airtran can keep flying.

User currently offlineB727 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 521 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3950 times:

Well I guess we will soon see when the Sunday deadline arrives as to how many are left flying


B727
Glenn


User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 47
Reply 13, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3944 times:

This may be something more simply because it's a 10-year anniversary party

I don't think this is possible since neither the current AirTran nor the Air Tran or Valujet predecessors are 10 years old yet.

Valujet did not fly until fall of 1993 and the original Air Tran did not start up until either '94 or '95.


User currently offlineM717 From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 608 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3939 times:

Correct me if I am wrong, but October of this year (2003) equates to 10 years since the "fall of 1993".

User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 47
Reply 15, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 3931 times:

True, but we are still a long way from October.

User currently offlineM717 From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 608 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 3919 times:

If you read Travis' post above it says:

"Last DC9 is sked to retire in October, as part of a 10-year anniversary celebration that will highlight the differences between the airline at it's inception and today."

This is what the "10-year anniversary" discussion is about. Sounds logical to me.


User currently offlineTravatl From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2173 posts, RR: 7
Reply 17, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3884 times:

Thanks M717.....

Travis


User currently offlineBR715-A1-30 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3856 times:

Travis, will you be able to find out if Civilians are able to attend the 10 year party?

User currently offlineElwood64151 From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 2477 posts, RR: 6
Reply 19, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3818 times:

Probably only dignitaries from MCO or ATL (where ever it will end up being) and major shareholders and employees will be invited. Unfortunately for the rest of us, we just don't have the security clearance nor are we important to the company.

Well, some of you have the security clearance.

At Vanguard, when the MD-80s were introduced and the big party we had for it, we let employees, shareholders, and Kansas City dignitaries tour the aircraft, both inside and out, under close supervision from ramp agents, ramp managers, and corporate officers. I don't know how similar an event AirTran will be able to have under the new security proceedures.

It would be interesting if FL had a party where people could tour the DC-9 and then go to the 717 and see the differences between them. Perhaps at Oshkosh?

Cheers!



Those who fail to learn history are doomed to repeat it in summer school.
User currently offlineM717 From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 608 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3754 times:

"How many Airtran DC-9's were retrofitted with the new cockpit doors? Since Sunday is the deadline, that should tell us how many 9's Airtran can keep flying."

"Well I guess we will soon see when the Sunday deadline arrives as to how many are left flying."

Actually, the deadline is Wednesday, April 9. AirTran had asked for a waiver for the DC-9s, since they will all be gone by October, but was denied. All the remaining DC-9s will be fitted with the new cockpit doors. It now appears that the gov't, as part of the recently passed bill, will reimburse the airlines for the cost of installing these new doors.


User currently offlineNWA319 From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 24 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3744 times:

How many more 717's are they supposed to get?

Regards
J.L


User currently offlineM717 From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 608 posts, RR: 4
Reply 22, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3731 times:

There are going to be 23 this year, bringing the total to 73, but I'm not sure how many of those have been delivered. Every time I show up, it seems like there's another one or two. They may be up to around 60 now?

User currently offlineTravatl From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2173 posts, RR: 7
Reply 23, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3723 times:

You can go to the FAA website at check the current fleet status of any airline:

http://av-info.faa.gov/OpCert.asp

AirTran currently has 57 717s on the certificate, 14 DC9s, and 1 737. Granted there are only 6-7 DC9s currently flying, and of course the 737 isn't, and I think a couple of those 717s are still in Miami....

Travis


User currently offlineSwa tpa From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 1559 posts, RR: 34
Reply 24, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3707 times:

That FAA sight says American still has 1 DC-10 and 2 727's left. It says its current to date also. Where is American hiding that DC-10 and those 727's on me? Oh yeah, wheres United's 57 727's?  Big grin


I believe I can fly.....
User currently offlineTravatl From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2173 posts, RR: 7
Reply 25, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3707 times:

Yeah....it's current with additions....but not certain that it's fast with the removal of aircraft...

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