Worldperks From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (11 years 2 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2723 times:
From what I can gather, the ER was thought to give extra safety flying Taiwan to Hong Kong and Taiwan to Thailand resort destinations. The range of the ER model is 4430 km (2752 miles) while holding 172 passengers in one class -- almost the load of a 757.
LGBGUY From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (11 years 2 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2530 times:
THE TWO AIRCRAFT (60001/4001) AND (60002/4002) WERE BUILT AS PART OF A PROGRAM ESTABLISHED BETWEEN MCDONNELL DOUGLAS AND THE SHANGHAI AVIATION INDUSTRIAL CORPORATION (SAIC) IN CHINA KNOWN AS THE TRUNCKLINER PROGRAM.
A LARGE NUMBER OF MD-80S WERE BUILT UNDER THIS PROGRAM AS WELL AND WERE OPERATED BY CHINA NORTHERN AND CHINA EASTERN AIRLINES.
A NUMBER OF THE AIRPLANES HAVE SINCE BEEN REMOVED FROM SERVICE AND HAVE MADE THEIR WAY TO THE UNITED STATES. I BELEIVE SPIRIT AIRLINES OPERATED A FEW OF THESE BIRDS.