Greg From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 4214 times:
Because Boeing had competing products--and none of the MDD products delivered any return for the investment.
The MD-95 was kept because unions would have objected to the sale if the line was discontinued--effectively delaying the consolidation for up to a year. It had to be kept to keep the peace in Long Beach.
DesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7717 posts, RR: 17 Reply 3, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 4196 times:
Well for one they were not stopped immediately after the merger took place. The death was a slow one.
For one the MD-80/90 and MD-11 competed with existing and planned Boeing commercial projects.
Secondly the steam was running out on the MD80/90 and MD11 programs. Products from Airbus and Boeing were being prefered over the older MDD designs. The early weaknesses of the MD90 and MD11 certainly didn't help either.
Third, the merger probably killed many airlines preference for the MDD products with questionable availability and support in the future for the step-children products.
Stop drop and roll will not save you in hell. --- seen on a church marque in rural Virginia
Iluv2pilot From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 95 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 4138 times:
Well the MD-90 though a good airplane, by most estimates is not a great aircraft. The only benefit to passengers was the 2 +3 seating, and the rear engines. However, I think if you asked pilots who have flown both MD 80+ series and the 737/757 series, you'll find the Boeing is the hands down favorite.
Moman From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1049 posts, RR: 4 Reply 8, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 4057 times:
lluv2pilot, I can disagree with you one with at least one pilot. A DL pilot I talked to was much happier flying the MD-88 instead of the 737, he said because of the handling and the quietness of the plane.
I personally prefer the MD-80s to any Boeing product because of how quiet it is, especially if you sit in front of the wing. On most Boeing jets, when sitting coach you are either right in front of the engines (loud), over the wings (can't see down), or behind the engines (loud). Of course I always sit window seat.