BCAInfoSys From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3187 times:
Alright guys.. here goes: on March 5th, I'm flying a DL MD-90 from SLC to SEA. Then the next day, I'm turning around and flying an AA MD-80 (Super 80) from SEA to ORD on my way to LHR.
I thought that since I'm flying the 2 aircraft on consecutive days, it would give me a chance to compare the 2 and find their differences. What should I be looking for? What external differences? Internal (Cabin) differences?
Once I get back from the UK in March, I'll be sure to give you a trip report. It should be an interesting one as it involves FOUR airlines and at least that many aircraft types!
(DL MD-90: SLC-SEA, AA MD-80: SEA-ORD, AA 777-200: ORD-LHR, RyanAir 737: STN-SXF, EasyJet 737: LGW-Belfast.)
(Note: assume the same airlines and aircraft types in reverse for the return, except for the return on DL SEA-SLC, which will be a 738.)
AAR90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3474 posts, RR: 46
Reply 7, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3009 times:
Internally there is very little difference except what the individual airline(s) chose to install. Externally MD90 differences are: (a) 50% larger engine size, (b) vertical tail extension, (c) two air scoops on fuselage right side [nose gear and wing root] for electrical system cooling. Other than being quieter you probably won't notice much difference.
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Learjet25 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 79 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2891 times:
Performance wise, keep in mind that you will be on the MD-90 from and elevation of 4,000+ feet and the MD-80 will be departing near sea level. The 90 will probably do just as well from the higher elevation as the -80 from sea level. Keep that in mind when you think about your takeoff run and initial climb.
BUFJets From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 231 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2793 times:
Make note of the leg room difference between the DL MD-90 and the AA MD-80. With AA's MRTC, I expect the leg room to be better. Also, AA has newer seats with adjustable headrests. AA MD-80's are my favorite domestic US aircraft.