Daedalus From United States of America, joined May 2004, 29 posts, RR: 0 Posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3125 times:
I just attended a ground handling class for Spirit Airlines' new A319 and A321. The first A321 is scheduled to arrive in TPA from DTW on Sept.21. This will be a trial run for the FAA. There is no set time of arrival as of yet. Just thought I'd pass this info. to some of you spotters and photographers who would be interested in seeing NK's newest beast.
SHUPirate1 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3670 posts, RR: 18 Reply 5, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2943 times:
Aa757first-Is there a difference between the MD-80 and the DC-9, other than various lengthening/shrinking of the plane, and the fact that the MD-80 started production after the McDonnell-Douglas merger and the DC-9 before it?
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Daedalus From United States of America, joined May 2004, 29 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2802 times:
During our Airbus training class, the trainer had mentioned that Spirit was actively pursuing flights to Central and South America as well as the Caribbean as soon as the Airbuses came online. These flights would originate from FLL and maybe a few from TPA depending if WN is willing to share a few gates. A minor correction on the retirement of the NK DC-9. They retired the 9s on March 2003. I had the displeasure of ramping the last one to fly out of TPA.
Daedalus From United States of America, joined May 2004, 29 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 2234 times:
Why was it a displeasure, you ask, SMcC??
NK's load planning wanted us to load the DC9 in a 60/40 split. Which means 60% of bags, mail, and freight were to be put in the rear and 40% up front. At times during a quick turn-around you did not have time to go over every bag and ensure an accurate split. Also, mail and gate checked items were to be stowed the same way. Ever try cutting a live animal in 60/40?? It was tedious plus the location of the baggage bin door was directly under engine #2 and these engines leaked oil like Niagara falls. How would you like as a passenger to receive your luggage with a lovely film of turbo oil?, not to mention as a ramper, you also received free scalp moisturizer compliments of #2. Don't get me wrong, they were nice looking planes and, of course, part of aviation history but they need to be just there....history.
TWAMD-80: NK is going to retire an MD every time they receive a Airbus which will be roughly once a month starting early next year. I hope they start with aircraft 801NK. That plane needs to be put out of our misery.