Cory6188 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2735 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 5656 times:
There's a plane I won't miss. In comparison to the rest of the CO fleet, which is extremely clean, well-maintained, and new inside, these MD-80s really look old. They really drag the rest of the CO fleet down.
N766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8682 posts, RR: 22
Reply 12, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 5413 times:
I've flown CO's entire short haul fleet from the ERJ-135 to the 737-900 and I must say the Mad Dogs were among the most pleasant airplanes to fly. That is, as long as you were forward of row 25. It's sad to see them go (they made for real variety here in CLE) but I've known they'd be gone soon for quite some time,
777gk From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1641 posts, RR: 17
Reply 14, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 5259 times:
At the end of the year, 2004 will have seen Continental unload a total of 20 MD-80s, leaving 3 in the active fleet for 2005. The remainder will be disposed of by 2Q '05, replaced by a mix of 737-800s and ERJ-145XR aircraft.
As far as 737-800s, we will have taken 11 in 2004, bringing the total fleet to 92 examples. Seven more are scheduled for 2005.
737-700 deliveries are finito. Gordon has indicated in the past that there are no plans to add more -700s to the fleet.
All 757-300s have been delivered in the first half of the year (5), including the last of its type ever built. Total fleet now numbers 9 and obviously will never be augmented with new-builds.
As for Express, over 40 ERJ-145XR's are scheduled for this year and next, with a pretty consistent delivery schedule to further grow our Express operation in frequency and increasingly more distant city pairs.
Northwest717 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 5087 times:
Sad to hear, but times are changing and as much as some people don't like it, fleets do need to be replaced. If we had 707s (passenger) and old Comets (passenger) still in service they would be loud, clunky, and uncomfortable. As much as you might want to say it'd be great to see old relics like that back in the fleets, as soon as you had to fly them a few dozen times, you'd be singing a different tune. Those older jets are to be remembered fondly and that is it. There is such thing as an expiration date on an aircraft (although NWA doesn't seem to have gotten that memo ) The MD-80 was great, but now it is time for it to bow out gracefully and let it's replacement do it's job.
Just my $.02.
Dvk From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1058 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 4990 times:
I agree that sitting at the back of any aircraft with rear-mounted engines is unpleasant, but the MD80's are otherwise great planes to fly, and I don't understand the almost irrational hatred so many express in this forum. I love flying MD80's, because I like the 2/3 seating. I've never felt more cramped or crowded on one of them than on any other mainline aircraft. Give me an MD80 over ANY RJ anytime!
I'm not dumb. I just have a command of thoroughly useless information.
Md80fanatic From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 2800 posts, RR: 9
Reply 20, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 4936 times:
Oh gawd I just hate those dirty, loud, tubular hunks of douglas crapola....In fact I cannot sleep at night for all the tension as I await that wonderful, heavenly day when they all bite the dust as they should have centuries ago.
But seriously.....when these are gone, what's left that will be worth flying? The MD-11 if you hurry.
The only way to beat douglas was to buy 'em out and cancel their aircraft.....More Boeing ingenuity...... gotta love it.
The rash emotionalism proves just how deep the MD-80's affected aviation....and you WILL miss them when they are gone.
AirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 23
Reply 24, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 4613 times:
AS said the same thing about their M80s. What they said in 1998 that they plan on a complete phase out of the M80 out of the fleet by summer of 2003, but look, they are still with AS today. My point is that dont expect CO or AA to phase out their M80s when they say they will be gone. Look at at AS...they still have the M80s.
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: Twenty or more ex-CO MD80s are currently operating with various airlines in Indonesia, with plans to acquire more. One of the biggest operators of the
: "Look at at AS...they still have the M80s." And I can't wait to fly on one next month to SEA! I haven't been on an MD-80 since the days of Reno Air an