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User currently offlineNealcg From United States of America, joined May 2004, 141 posts, RR: 3
Posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3435 times:

I am a loyal DL customer who flies SEA to DFW about 10 times a year, always on a MD-90 and I have been very pleased with it.

I have a question. What are the long-term plans for the MD-90s in their fleet? From what I gather they have only about 20 and the trend is for airlines to standardize there fleets. Will I soon be seeing 738s replacing the 90? I will be quite disappointed.

What other routes does DL use their MD-90s exclusively?

Also, are there any other A/C using the V2500 turbofans? Those are so nice...take-off like a rocket!


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User currently offlineDAL763 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3389 times:

My dad (767 pilot) says that DL is keeping the M90 for now because it gives the best performance for flights that are run from altitude at KSLC versus the M88.

User currently offlineBR715-A1-30 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3316 times:

DAL763, That is GREAT news, I'd love to fly on a DL MD90 before they go. You just brightened my day.

User currently offlineDAL763 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3283 times:

Hi BR715-A1-30 yeah the DL M90 is a pretty cool plane. It is just like the M89 inside but has the cool movie screens and music channels like the 757s. And also very quiet inside compared to the M88.

User currently offlineDAL763 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3262 times:

Oops I meant to say its just like the M88 inside not the M89 lol.

User currently offlineSeptember11 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3623 posts, RR: 21
Reply 5, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3201 times:

I was a passenger on DL's M90 from CVG to DFW.

Snack sandwich on board.

Nice plane.
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User currently offlineDl757md From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1562 posts, RR: 16
Reply 6, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3108 times:

DL has 16 md-90s. Their plan was to phase them out by 2006 for a number of reasons including dispatch reliabilty, parts availability, and fleet simplification. I'm not sure what the current status of the phase out isnow, but I know they'll still be with us after 2006.
They really are not a bad airplane but they weren't produced in numbers sufficient to become a great airplane. Support is lacking because Boeing doesn't put the same effort into supporting a discontinued MD product as they do a currently available Boeing product. Experience is hard to come by for maint. crews as they don't see enough planes to get really profficient. Not to mention the thrust reverser design on the 90 is one of the most maint. unfriendly pieces of equipment ever to make it off the drawing board. It takes two AMTs about an hour to open and close the TR for maint. as compared to about 5 mins. for 1 person on about every other plane out there. It wouldn't be that big of a deal but they need to be opened about every other day.
I agree the 90 is a nice plane to fly on but I think we'll see most of their routes at Delta taken over by the 737-800 or 757 sometime in the not too distant future.



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User currently offlineNealcg From United States of America, joined May 2004, 141 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3055 times:

Dl757md,

Fascinating info. I didn't; realize that they were such maintenance headaches. I'm disappointed the A/C wasn't more successful.

I love the MD-90 and will be disappointed if I have to fly the 738. I have never cared for the 737. I suppose I'm scarred from having to fly them weekly during my childhood (WN. DAL-SAT).  Sad



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User currently offlineSQ452 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 1082 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3011 times:

Dont they have an IFE in them as well???

Still have not flown on one  Sad



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User currently offlineNealcg From United States of America, joined May 2004, 141 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2986 times:

SQ452,

Drop down screens ever few rows or so...not bad for long flights



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User currently offlineCPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 5910 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2941 times:

I thought that DL were happy with using them in & out of SNA, since they don't take up a noise slot (or so I was told) - unless of course, there's other aircrafts with the same ability.

User currently offlineDeltadude8 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 569 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2860 times:

When the MD90 flies the DFW-PBI route...I will always fly through DFW from MCI. I always upgrade to FC because it is in my opinion the best Domestic Narrowbody FC Delta offers. It is ultra-quiet and is ultra-comfortable. the MD90 is by far my favorite narrowbody plane around.

User currently offlineFlashmeister From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2896 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2802 times:
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The interiors are not just like an MD88. The ceilings are sculpted differently, with a little drop under which the lights are recessed. The pax signs (seatbelt/smoking) are much smaller and more frequently placed. As stated earlier, there are LCDs every few rows. There are also integrated handrails on the overhead bins that are backlit (or have glow-in-the-dark tape on their insides) which gives a cool greenish glow when the cabin lights are dimmed.

User currently offlineAvi8tir From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 404 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2767 times:
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I dont think any one has answered that the IAE V2500 are used on the A320 as well I believe. UA and HP have them. correct me if I am wrong.


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User currently offlineLMP737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2755 times:

Dl757md:

When I read what you said about the MD-90's C-duct I knew right away that you have MD-90 experience.  Smile


User currently offlineJeffie813 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 238 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2690 times:
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sadly, DL will no longer be flying the MD-90 on DFW-PBI route. it's getting switched to the CRJ. how bad does that suck?

User currently offlineWidgetBoi From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 1432 posts, RR: 20
Reply 16, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2653 times:

Does anyone know when the MD-90s will be replaced by the CRJs on the PBI run?

Thanks for the help  Big grin

jeremy


User currently offlineDeltaMIA From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 1672 posts, RR: 17
Reply 17, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2619 times:

"Does anyone know when the MD-90s will be replaced by the CRJs on the PBI run?"

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User currently offlineWidgetBoi From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 1432 posts, RR: 20
Reply 18, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2577 times:

Thanks DeltaMIA.

What a shame!!!  Sad

jeremy


User currently offlineHawaiian717 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3176 posts, RR: 8
Reply 19, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2498 times:

Avi8tir,

You are correct about the A320 also offering V2500-series engines, and that UA and HP both have them.

David / MRY


User currently offlineNealcg From United States of America, joined May 2004, 141 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 2272 times:

Will it be feasible for a CRJ (700?) to replace the MD-90 on the SEA-DFW route. I'm concerned because the loads are typically light on this route and I know DL is still converting its lighter routes to CRJs. Does it have the range?

I will be sorely disappointed if that happens (i.e. AA in the future)



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User currently offline717-200 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 601 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2226 times:

The A320's that AirTran is using from Ryan Int'l from ATL to the West
Coast and certain MCO flights have the IAE V2500's.



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User currently offlineHemispheres From United States of America, joined May 2004, 85 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2143 times:

I flew a DL MD90 from SLC to DEN last December. I think that it's pretty common on that route. I love the aircraft and what power from those V2500's. I think I read somewhere that the V2500 on the MD90 is the most powerful engine attached to an airliner in that configuration. Would hate to see 'em go.


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