CRFLY From Costa Rica, joined Jan 2004, 188 posts, RR: 1 Reply 3, posted (8 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 8761 times:
As long as I remember, AA was not pleased with the MD-11 at all... Not sure the exact technical reasons but they decided later to swith to 777 and sell their MD-11's to FedEx which converted them to Frighters...
Concord977 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1261 posts, RR: 29 Reply 6, posted (8 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 8717 times:
I don't think the MD11's were ever parked at MHV. AA did have quite a few DC-10's out there (one or two of them still remain). But I believe that all of the MD11's went through MIA to be 'decommissioned' by AA, and then sent somewhere else for the Fedex conversion.
Leskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 72 Reply 7, posted (8 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 8689 times:
Trickijedi, for a while before they were taken out of service, AA flew them daily to Frankfurt (I think it was from DFW) - I'm not sure about the other routes, but I'm quite certain that the routes to Japan were also flown with them...
Ckfred From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 4650 posts, RR: 1 Reply 9, posted (8 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 8621 times:
I think that the MD-11s were also used on ORD-LHR and ORD-AB) (FRA / FRF / EDDF), Germany">FRA, but that was some time ago.
From what I know, the MD-11 did not have the range that McD promised AA. In fact, AA was so unhappy after the first plane was delivered that Bob Crandall told McD that unless McD either came up with a fix or financial incentives, AA would not accept any other aircraft.
I think AA ordered 19, with options for another 19. Like the Fokkers, the options were never converted to firm orders.
The ironic thing is that Boeing made folding wingtips an option on the 777 at AA's request, but then AA ordered the MD-11. I think the reason was that AA could get the MD-11s delivered earlier.
AlitaliaMD11 From Spain, joined Dec 2003, 4068 posts, RR: 15 Reply 16, posted (8 years 9 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 8281 times:
I personally love the MD-11. Thats why me name is AlitaliaMD11.
I first getting into them when i saw them at JFK. When i was little they would always be there when we flew on AA to SJU even once we flew on one to SJU. I seem to remember them flying to LGW from JFK??? donno. Sure do miss them though but the AA titles where really streched across the deck.
FlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 15 Reply 17, posted (8 years 9 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 8257 times:
Just adding two cents here...what was said above is true. Crandall wasn't at all pleased with the MD-11, simply because they didn't lived up to what McDonnell Douglas promised. American had 19 ships, with options on 31 more. All of them with to Fed Ex for freight hauling. One was written off with Fed Ex when the aircraft flipped upside down on finals...thankfully the crew was alright. Regards.
"Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." --Ben Franklin
Womack17 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 465 posts, RR: 5 Reply 18, posted (8 years 9 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 8174 times:
Personally, I loved the MD-11's. I know that this airline had it's proponents as well as opponents, but I believe that the final nail in the MD-11's coffin was the crash of the Swissair MD-11 off the coast of Nova Scotia. Anytime there is a horrific crash, the general flying public steers away from the type of aircraft involved. It doesn't have to make sense because 90% of the flying public are largely ignorant about the safety of a particular aircraft. The MD-11 certainly had its distractors before the Swissair crash, but any positives the aircraft had were taken away after this highly publicized accident.
Oh how I miss Midway Airlines. A class act right to then end.
CKT523 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 161 posts, RR: 0 Reply 21, posted (8 years 9 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 8024 times:
I flew a DL MD-11 back in 1999 MAN-ATL and it was hell.I thought the service was shocking and the cabin felt cheap and nasty.All the way, there was a repetetive pulsing drone through the cabin, sounded like when you are on slow decent and the engines are at idle,but from the moment we hit cruise altitude to when we reached the US. Worst flight I have taken.had no sleep and the cabin was just plain bland.Wish we'd taken AA via ORD now!