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The Legend Of The Pro Air MD-90's  
User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 46
Posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks ago) and read 5425 times:

Thanks to CALMSP for digging this up.

Anyone remember Pro Air?

Remember how they were to restart using MD-90's instead of the 737-400's? There was a lot of discussion on that topic on this site.

But everyone assumed it was a legend. No pictures were ever found. And to my knowledge, no one jumped on this picture.

Well take a gander at this picture. I see no less than three Pro Air MD-90's on the right side of the picture in the middle background.

So it WAS true!

I'm only surprised that whoever took the picture didn't take better shots of those mysterious planes. I did not see any in the database.

So why didn't the M90 plan pan out?


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User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12150 posts, RR: 49
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks ago) and read 5396 times:

I think they went out prior to the starting up using them. I have also seen a better photo of them on here as well, though it was not a shot about them, if I get the chance I will try to find it.;


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User currently offlineEzycrew From Spain, joined Oct 2001, 460 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 5393 times:

What a good sense of observation Matt!

I remembered reading alot about them before they shut down. Particularly when a famous blizzard back in the 90's stranded hundreds of pax inside NW planes for up to 8 hours at DTW, while Pro Air passengers were treated to McDonalds in the terminal, gracioulsy brought by flight attendants who drove to the nearest drive-in.


User currently offlineDc8jet From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 326 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 5341 times:

Better shots of them do exist. I have seen them on some of the slide auction sites.

User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 46
Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 5336 times:

Anyone know what that 727 in the front right is? It looks like a spade on the tail.

User currently offlineLjungdahl From Sweden, joined Apr 2002, 908 posts, RR: 35
Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 5334 times:

This had been discussed in the past, when this photo appeared in the DB:

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User currently offlineYOW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 5322 times:

Anyone know what that 727 in the front right is? It looks like a spade on the tail.

Although I could be wrong, that looks like a parked All Canada Express 727 freighter.


User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12150 posts, RR: 49
Reply 7, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 5315 times:

You found the picture I had remembered seeing before, THANKS


You can cut the irony with a knife
User currently offlineQqflyboy From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 2297 posts, RR: 13
Reply 8, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 5245 times:

Anyone know the regs of those three MD-90s? I wonder if they are former QQ birds? And if not, does anyone know what happened to N901RA-N905RA? There is a great site developed by Ben Wang, frequent contributor to A.net, that documents the history of Reno Air planes, but there is no info on there of where the 90s are now. Here's a link to that site.

http://home.netcom.com/~flyqq/index.html

Any help is appreciated. Thanks.



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User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 5183 times:

So why didn't the M90 plan pan out?

To put it quickly, 9/11/01.

ProAir was planning a late 2001, early 2002 restart when 9/11 happened. They decided that relaunching the airline was not the smartest idea considering the way the industry went in the aftermath. Had they relaunched, they probably would have not have lasted more than 3-6 months in the post-9/11 airline industry. Even if they would have decided to go ahead after 9/11, I would venture to think that their backers probably would have bailed.


User currently offlineNWA Man From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1828 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 5165 times:

I remembered reading alot about them before they shut down. Particularly when a famous blizzard back in the 90's stranded hundreds of pax inside NW planes for up to 8 hours at DTW, while Pro Air passengers were treated to McDonalds in the terminal, gracioulsy brought by flight attendants who drove to the nearest drive-in.


Nice story, but it's a bit misleading at best, and possibly completely false.

Pro Air flew out of DET, not DTW, and as their fleet back then likely only consisted of the two new 734s that Stamper and his crew bought, they wouldn't have such a tough time offloading passengers at City Airport. I'm not making any excuses for NW's screwups that day, but the two situations were completely different.

Likening Pro Air's circumstances to those of Northwest on that day is an apples-to-oranges comparison.


Regards,

N-Dub



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User currently offlineA340Spotter From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1982 posts, RR: 23
Reply 11, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 5086 times:

Ah my favorite topic, answering questions about my former airline...

N-Dub, the famous snowstorm in fact did involve DTW as we couldn't operate into DET due to the visibility and snow, causing DET to be shut down. We had the 3 planes (at the time, N360PR was still with us) fly into DTW and park on the Signature ramp. Like the rest of the city, we waited until it was over and DET reopened and ferried back over. The pax were treated well and we came out smelling like roses, albeit for the short time after.

As for the MD-90s, QQflyboy, these 3 painted examples were the 2 ex Air Aruba ones and the Aserca colored one, all P4- regs (MDF/G/H I believe).
The Reno ones are still languishing either at VCV or MZJ at this time.

And for Srbmod, yes 9/11 was the final nail, but it wasn't for lack of investment. The bankruptcy court judge that was hearing their case to get restarted and recertified laughed at the carrier, saying that no small low fare carrier was going to make it in a post 9/11 society. Their hearing was right around 9/11, I believe either the 14th or 17th, not 100% sure at this early time of the morning, but in reality, I think they would have had a fighting chance to survive in their second coming.

All in all, the MD-90s looked great in the feather scheme and I proudly hold one of the MD-90 slides shot rampside at MZJ which we all know is quite hard to do. There is but one person who makes those shots happen...and he's not on a.net

Cheers
Jeffrey



"Irregardless, it's a Cat III airplane, we don't need an alternate!"
User currently offlinePsa188 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 529 posts, RR: 17
Reply 12, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 5016 times:


The Pro Air MD-90 slides were auctioned off on Alpha Tango.
http://www.auctiontransportation.com/html/topsales.html

The seller may or may not put more up, I have no idea but it might be a good idea to montor the site from time to time.


User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 5003 times:

I usually detest comments about bad experiences with a particular airline, as everyone has at lease one. But Proair was just a disaster.

Everyone with whom I came in contact with was sooo unprofessional, and down right rude. I flew them only once, DET-LGA-DET and they made my all time no fly list up there with Peoplexpress and Southwest.


User currently offlineAZO From United States of America, joined Jun 2002, 770 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 4942 times:

I flew ProAir four or five times to PHL, EWR and LGA and I do not recall having any poor experiences. Maybe once was not enough to get an accurate experience of the airline. There are always bound to be screwups once in a while, but just flying them once does not mean every trip or crew is bad.


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User currently offlineQqflyboy From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 2297 posts, RR: 13
Reply 15, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 4766 times:

A340Spotter...

Thanks for the info! I sure wish those MD-90s could find a good home with someone. I miss working on them. BTW... did you know or hear of Jimmy Dunn? He was our director of in-flight at QQ and last I knew he was working for Pro-Air at the Seattle HDQ.



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User currently offlineDC3CV3407AC727 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 314 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 4714 times:

I used to jumpseat them quite a bit between DET-EWR, I thought they were a good group,quite professional, and I was sorry to see them go.


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User currently offlineA340Spotter From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1982 posts, RR: 23
Reply 17, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 4655 times:

Qqflyboy,

Jimmy Dunn's name sounds familiar, but I can't place what he did for us at Pro Air. We did have a pair of Reno Air folks that I was quite familiar with, Jim Walsh and Amy Chamberlain. Amy's still a good friend of mine, she was like me, a former Supervisor of Operations Control.

Jeffrey



"Irregardless, it's a Cat III airplane, we don't need an alternate!"
User currently offlineQqflyboy From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 2297 posts, RR: 13
Reply 18, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 4636 times:

Yes, I remember both. Jim was once the GM at the RNO station and if I remember correctly, Amy worked in Ops at RNO, also. Jimmy probably would have been in the in-flight department, maybe even director like he was at QQ. Thanks for the info.


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User currently offlineClickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9668 posts, RR: 68
Reply 19, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4611 times:
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any idea who actually owns those MD-90's?

User currently offlineDIA From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3273 posts, RR: 27
Reply 20, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 4564 times:

In Reply 5, notice the photo. Is that a NW MD-80 on the far right of the picture? NW had to retire them early? Or was this an early 1980s MD-80?

Here is another pic of the possible a/c. . .
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User currently offlineD950 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 493 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 4555 times:

Looks a lot like an old DC9-50, possibly a refugee from Eastern??


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User currently offlineDIA From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3273 posts, RR: 27
Reply 22, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 4538 times:

Well, I just blew up the photo to its largest arrangement, and it definately shows not just one, but two NW MD-80s.

Thanks. I did also think of the DC-9-50, but. . .(above)



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User currently offlineFlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 14
Reply 23, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 4445 times:

Per Bill Harms' old reliable website, which is still up BTW.
MD-90 line #2238 is P4-MDF
MD-90 line #2242 is P4-MDG
Md-90 line #2246 is P4-MDH
All are owned by some leasing company with these initials...HWA-HSIA.
I have no clue as to what leasing company is that. Hope this helps. Regards.



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User currently offlineA340Spotter From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1982 posts, RR: 23
Reply 24, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4377 times:

Qqflyboy,

Something tells me that Jimmy never made it to the office in Seattle. He may have gone out to DET at one point, but didn't stick around long. Amy's now with Evergreen by the way...

Clickhappy, FlagshipAZ mentioned the leasing company HWA-HSIA. It's a Taiwanese based leasing company. They ordered 3 with 7 options in fact for Asia-Pacific region airlines back in 1996 (Aug. 1 press release), however these airplanes listed above were not part of the order to my knowledge.
I was under the impression that Boeing Capital actually owned these 3 MD-90s in question and with the Boeing-Stamper family connection, this was the reason these ones were scheduled to go to Pro Air. The airline was also to receive 5 more MD-90s shortly thereafter these 3 (for a total of 8), presumedly the QQ ones, but that never came to light.

Jeffrey
P9 employee 51



"Irregardless, it's a Cat III airplane, we don't need an alternate!"
25 KarlB737 : Jeffrey, Where is Mr. Stamper today and whats he doing. With what YOU know could he reactivate ProAir now and get these aircraft?[Edited 2004-09-09 17
26 A340Spotter : Karl, Not sure what Kevin Stamper is doing, but likely still practicing aviation law in the Seattle area if I was to guess. We had a Pro Air reunion a
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