BAJMowiec From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 99 posts, RR: 0 Posted (12 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 4500 times:
I'm sure that I was, and am, not the only person to be sad to see the MD-11 go out of production,and service with some airlines. Well, I was wondering, did anyone in here hear of an replacement tri-jet that MD or Boeing are planning? I know there was the MD-11XX, a better version, stretched version of the plane, which was planned to compete with some Airbus aircraft, unfortunately, the model never entered production. If anyone has any info, or thoughts,I'd gladly read them. The MD-11 always was one of my favorite planes out there ....
Eham From Netherlands, joined Sep 2003, 452 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 4349 times:
it's sad that the MD-11 is leaving so much airlines at the moment, I'm lucky Amsterdam is my home-airport !! We have plenty of MD-11 movements every day: KLM and Martinair I don't think there will be another tri-jet in production anymore. With todays technology 2 engine planes are cheaper to operate than the tri-jets.
But again...it's a shame that a beauty like the MD-11 received not that response it deserved
Cfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4238 times:
The DC-10 and L-1011 had the most powerful engines of its day - even more powerful, I believe, than the engines of a 747. If you wanted to build a plane about 3/4ths of the size of a 747, you had no choice but 3 or 4 engines, and logically, you could argue that 3 big engines are cheaper to maintain than 4 smaller ones. They didn't realize how much of a pain in the a$$ the center engine would be to maintain.
Now you have engines of up to 110,000-120,000 lbs of thrust, and it's likely they could go still higher. The 2-engine, underwing layout has definately won out over all other configurations for large jets, unless you go the 4-engined route for whatever reasons (like ETOPS). It sure is a pity, because it's pretty boring for spotters.
Tokolosh From Netherlands, joined Sep 2001, 366 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3824 times:
Personally I found the MD 11 a nice plane to fly in (also the DC 10 for that matter). The cabin was quieter than a 747 and all the landings I had were very soft. Boeing killed MD 11 production, putting the cap on 200 planes. What a shame. They are strong planes and that's why they are so popular as cargo conversions. DC-8's as well.