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Final AirTran DC9 Flight Tomorrow  
User currently offlineDazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5498 posts, RR: 51
Posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3027 times:

Well, looks as if the old girl finally is going to kick the can. Tomorrow will be the final flight of an AirTran DC9.....MCO-ATL as flight 744. Anybody going to be on it? Hopefully I can get some good photos.

Justin

Ship 949 will be it.....

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User currently offlineScottysAir From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2980 times:

Well, I am gonna miss with these old DC-9 aircraft are phase out from AirTran and what are you think will keep whole with the B717 and after will delveries newest of B737-700 on their way, right? Thanks!  Smile

User currently offlineFrontiers4ever From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 173 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2966 times:

Is this aircraft going to go into the NWA fleet. Just joking but still a sad sight to see it being retired.

-Frontiers4ever
My 2 lincolns



Until you prove, your right, your wrong
User currently offline727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6432 posts, RR: 17
Reply 3, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2864 times:

Just curious, what's the history of this bird? Ex-DL?


Listen Betty, don't start up with your 'White Zone' s*** again.
User currently offlineDazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5498 posts, RR: 51
Reply 4, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2844 times:

OE-LDG, G-ELDG (British Midland), and N949VV (Valujet)

JC


User currently offlineHaveric From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1247 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2824 times:

Good riddance -- I think FL stopped cleaning/making cosmetic repairs to these planes once their demise was announced. EAch of my FL DC9 trips included dirty and broken trays, tiny overhead bins, and grimy seats.

Now, their 717s are just great!


User currently offlineDutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 57
Reply 6, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2822 times:

Is this really the final AirTran DC9 flight........or are DC9s still "ön duty" as spare aircraft at AirTran for the next few weeks?

User currently offlineGr8slvrflt From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1606 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2790 times:

This should be the end. Ship 949 is the only one left and is about due for a C-check, I imagine. Also, the remaining DC-9 pilots are scheduled for 717 school starting this week.

User currently offlineScottysAir From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 2675 times:

Hey Justin C,

How you know about with these reg. number on their plane? Can you please tell us about exactly what are you think with older DC-9 will be gone soon.


User currently offlineDazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5498 posts, RR: 51
Reply 9, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 2599 times:

Personally I'll be glad to see them gone. My last flight was on one a little over a year ago, I actually picked that flight because it was a DC9 and I hadn't flown on one in awhile (once on board I realized why I avoided this plane haha).

User currently offline7574EVER From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 478 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2559 times:

I know what NW is thinking:
"HEY! A new airplane!"



Right rudder....Right rudder...Come on, more right rudder....Right rudder......Aw forget it, I quit!!
User currently offlineB6A320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2530 times:

What time will this depart??

User currently offlineDazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5498 posts, RR: 51
Reply 12, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2511 times:

Flight 744
Departs MCO: 1:30pm
Arrives ATL: 3:00pm


User currently offlineBR715-A1-30 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2459 times:

Personally I'll be glad to see them gone. My last flight was on one a little over a year ago, I actually picked that flight because it was a DC9 and I hadn't flown on one in awhile (once on board I realized why I avoided this plane haha).

Here Here Justin, Although the FL DC9 was my first plane for my first flight, it was still a huge headache causer. I was going to be on the last flight, but decided against it because I didn't want to go all that way. Oh well, $200 extra for me.


User currently offlineN323er From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 138 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2399 times:

BWI OPS for AirTran here as far as i know we are keeping a few as back up planes but don't quote me does anyone know the answer to this

thx RYAN



RYAN SCAIFE
User currently offlineVSMike From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 318 posts, RR: 7
Reply 15, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2373 times:

I am so glad see if these DC_9 old are these with 737-700s way on the!!
True.

_m



Skyteam. Caring More About Me.
User currently offlineDlx737200 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1910 posts, RR: 19
Reply 16, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2354 times:

If it makes it in on time in ATL at 3pm and if my flight is delayed tomorrow (as I've noticed it usually is over the last week), then I may be able to see it from my flight to MCO on Delta 909. I may see it land tomorrow as our flight is taking off. I've never been on a DC-9 but I may get on one with NWA one day. Goodbye FL DC-9's!

-DLX737200


User currently offlineCapt078 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 421 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2245 times:

DLX737200: you've never been on a dc-9 flight? yikes, either you're really young or i'm getting old. that or you haven't flown very much. but no worries, you still have plenty of time to fly a northwest dc-9. may i suggest one of their earliest models, a dc-9-10? i think you can actually feel the nearly 40-year-old metal skin stretching and contracting.

User currently offlineBR715-A1-30 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2214 times:

Ryan, This will be the final time an FL DC9 lifts off with a Cabin full of Revenue Passengers. (N323ER Ryan) Not Flyer732 Ryan.  Big grin

User currently offlineWarszawa From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 727 posts, RR: 6
Reply 19, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2118 times:

" I know what NW is thinking:
"HEY! A new airplane!" "

LMAO! " NW is heading to Atlanta for a yard sale this week! "

" yikes, either you're really young or i'm getting old. that or you haven't flown very much. but no worries, you still have plenty of time to fly a northwest dc-9. "

Hey i havent been on a DC-9 yet either  Big grin Oh... and i live in Eastern Michigan ( Shocker! ) LOL. Well, i've been on an MD-82 American Airlines before, Fokker 100 American Airlines, and a NWA Boeing 727-200 so... those are pretty similar, but never a pure DC-9 bird ( I know the MD-82 comes very close ). As long as i've been in Michigan ( 5 Years ) i have yet to fly NWA ( I usually avoid them, usually fly with Continental, their partner ), but i'd like to soon to try them out again. Last time i flew with them was early 1998 on that 727 on TPA-DTW and DTW-TPA ( Then i moved to Michigan a couple months later ).



Flying a plane is no diff. from riding a bicycle. Its just a lot harder to put baseball cards in the spokes. -'Airplane'
User currently offlineFlyer732 From Namibia, joined Nov 1999, 1367 posts, RR: 21
Reply 20, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2018 times:

This is THE final flight. It will not sit around as a spare. As was mentioned it is due for a C-Check shortly and we don't want to pay for that when we're just dumping it anyways.

Right now the flight is delayed because ATL is on flow control.

~Ryan


User currently offlineDazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5498 posts, RR: 51
Reply 21, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 1939 times:

Despite the delay, the flight was pretty good. Shame on MCO for not even saying a word about it, or giving it a water salute  Sad

I'll have a trip report up soon along with pics from the plane (cockpit, cabin etc etc)

Justin Cederholm


User currently offlineBR715-A1-30 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1923 times:

Justin, Tad Hutcheson told me there would be no special water salutes.  Sad I guess a water salute still wouldn't have washed all of the $hi* off of that plane, so why bother? Now FL is pure 717. I sure will miss seeing the variety of ATL for a few months.

User currently offlineDlx737200 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1910 posts, RR: 19
Reply 23, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1843 times:

Too bad the weather SUCKED at ATL yesterday. I didn't see it land but I could barely see across the airport anyway. Those clouds were low and filled with turbulence yesterday. I was just glad when I was out of ATL and in Florida again.

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