DfwRevolution From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 885 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 5976 times:
I hope they dont dont ground the MD-90's unless they really need to ground them for financial reasons. The MD-90 is a beautiful aircraft.
DL has six narrowbodies in the mainline fleet alone. I'm sure they'd love to consolidate that fleet. After all, there are only 16 MD-90s (I think) versus 70 738s, and a greater number of MD-88s. That being said, I would miss them if they left. I would definitly get in a pleasure trip in on them before they are retired, I've never been on one and they are very rare.
SegmentKing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 5750 times:
I've heard the exact opposite: that the MD90s are a mechanic's nightmare and break down frequently. I flew one from DFW to SNA and I know the plane in the gate next to me was encountering a "mechnical" delay.
Good for Delta for starting to streamline the fleet, regardless of a "beautiful" plane or not, beauty doesn't make passengers pay more for a flight.
SESGDL From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3451 posts, RR: 10
Reply 11, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 5691 times:
"Here in DFW the rumors are from Delta might replace routes currently served by the Replacement Jets (RJ's) with flight time over 2.5 hours with mainline jets.....
DFW mainline will drop anywhere from 9-20 more mainline flights. Currently aprox 50 mainline flights....."
I don't see how that would be possible, because DL mainline doesn't operate any routes under 2.5 hours that aren't mainline except for DFW-OAK, and DFW-SNA and DFW-ONT. I know that DFW-ATL will stay with 14 daily mainline flights. So where would more mainline cuts come from? DFW-DCA will likely go mainline again as will DFW-PBI. That'd be mainline increases, not cuts. I'm extremely excited to see what the "new" Delta will be like.
L.1011 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 2209 posts, RR: 9
Reply 16, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 5580 times:
In theory, placing the 90s in Song service would have made more sense than the 757s, knowing what we know now. But, with Leo Moron's grandiose plans for Song, 16 planes wassn't enough. And now, the 757s have been upgraded and it'd create major inconsistancies in the mainline fleet and cost more to upgrade the 90s.
Laxintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 24119 posts, RR: 50
Reply 17, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 5262 times:
Aviation Week & Space Technology recently had an interview with Sr. VP-COO Joe Kolshak.
One of the things mentioned was that carrier must simplify its fleet. DL has something like 12 different types of aircraft including sub fleets, that will likely be reduced down to 3-4 in the coming years.
He specifically mentioned he would like to see a single domestic narrowbody fleet, plus a couple widebody types for domestic and international service.
If one takes these comments at faces value, it could be the future Delta might be built around the 737NG, 757/767 familes.
From the desert to the sea, to all of Southern California
LMP737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 4630 times:
Along with the engines the MD-90 has different electrical system and hydraulically powered elevators. Then there's the different vertical tail fin cap, different flap fairing's and the MD-90 is five feet longer.