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With Fuel So High, Why Still DL 737-200s?  
User currently offlineChrisNH From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 4120 posts, RR: 2
Posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 5290 times:

Here at MHT we're losing MD-88 capacity in exchange for 737-200s. Besides a cut in the number of seats, the 737-200s are less fuel-efficient than the MD-88s, right? I'm just wondering with all the talk about spiraling fuel prices, why a carrier like Delta is still flying 737-200s while parking other supposedly more fuel-efficient planes in the desert. And of course the same holds true for Northwest's DC-9s. My conclusion is that even though these are old planes, they aren't any less efficient than newer planes. Or am I wrong? If a 737-200 needs the same amount of fuel to fly, say, MHT-CVG, as an MD-88...and the MD-88 has a bunch more seats, is that efficient?

Chris in NH

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User currently offlineDAL767400ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 5249 times:

The majority of them are leased, and even if DL wanted, they couldn't just drop the leases. Even ending those leases early is not a good solution, as this means some one-time charges that DL has to pay, which can also be quite costly. Not to mention that DL can't just easily replace some 50 100-seaters with other planes within a short time. Of course, DL could reduce flights, but that would put them at a competitive disadvantage.

User currently offlineKLMA330 From Canada, joined Feb 2005, 697 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 5134 times:

I work by Pearson int'l, and was out walking for lunch the other day when a DL 732 took off... made me wonder the exact same thing.. it was LOUD, and there was a trail of BLACK smoke leaving the engines..

I guess they have their reasons, but YUCK!


User currently offlineFriendlySkies From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 4107 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 5121 times:

No matter how much fuel costs, new airplanes cost more.  Wink

User currently offlineAlitalia744 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 4750 posts, RR: 45
Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 5053 times:

Quoting KLMA330 (Reply 2):
I work by Pearson int'l, and was out walking for lunch the other day when a DL 732 took off... made me wonder the exact same thing.. it was LOUD, and there was a trail of BLACK smoke leaving the engines..

I guess they have their reasons, but YUCK!

And that my friend is what AVIATION is about. Real metal, thunder down the runway, loud as F*CK engines!

Give me a 737-200 or DC-9 over an whiney A32X anyday!



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39898 posts, RR: 74
Reply 5, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 4985 times:

Quoting Alitalia744 (Reply 4):
Give me a 737-200 or DC-9 over an whiney A32X anyday!

DITTO!



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineDutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 57
Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 4971 times:

Given a choice, DL would stop using the 732 at the first possible moment - although most of DL's 732s are not that old (some of DL's 732s are new than early build 733s), the 732 is not a great airliner when today's fuel prices are considered.

But, what are DL's alternatives? DL is not going to suddenly cut back its route system in the middle of the busy summer travel season. DL does not have aircraft available to replace the 732s at the moment. And, DL is not in the position to purchase or acquire new aircraft to replace the 732s. You probably know that DL posted another huge loss today.

The 732s will be phased out of DL's fleet in the near-term future - there is a already a date planned for the 732's retirement from the fleet but I cannot remember it, one of our DL experts probably know the exact timeframe. The type will not be directly replaced: the plan is to increase utilization of other types (especially the MD88s), cut some frequencies on some routes, and probably some segments will be picked up by regional operators.


User currently offline727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6456 posts, RR: 20
Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 4938 times:

Quoting Alitalia744 (Reply 4):
And that my friend is what AVIATION is about. Real metal, thunder down the runway, loud as F*CK engines!

Give me a 737-200 or DC-9 over an whiney A32X anyday!

Amen to that brother!!!!! Big grin

Add a loud bold 727 in there.



Listen Betty, don't start up with your 'White Zone' s*** again.
User currently offlineCorsair2 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 248 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 4848 times:

Maybe as soon as DL finish painting all their airplanes to the most current livery they will replace the older jets. Does Delta still have some widget paint scheme airplanes out there?


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User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26539 posts, RR: 75
Reply 9, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 4822 times:

Quoting ChrisNH (Thread starter):
the 737-200s are less fuel-efficient than the MD-88s, right

Per seat, yes, but trip costs I do believe are still lower

Quoting ChrisNH (Thread starter):
And of course the same holds true for Northwest's DC-9s.

DC-9s are not only rugged and light but they are quite efficient, even by today's standards. Also, it is a lot cheaper to fly paid for, fully depretiated DC-9s than order over 100 brand new E-Jets



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User currently offlineTrvlr From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4430 posts, RR: 21
Reply 10, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 4775 times:

Simply put, DL needs a 100-seat aircraft (or thereabouts), and the 737-200 is the only aircraft that can fill that requirement right now.

DL doesn't expect to keep them around forever, though.

Aaron G.


User currently offlineDALMD88 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2559 posts, RR: 14
Reply 11, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 4703 times:

They are leaving. We have a bunch of -200 and -300 sitting on the ramp in ATL waiting to go back to the lessors. They can't go all at once for a few reasons. First is the lease agreement. Also we can only do so many at a time due to all the work that is required to return them. each lessor has inspection requirements before they take them back. Finnally what will replace them? The plan was for Repulic to start flying with the EMB170, but it sounds like they are having problems.

User currently offline727EMflyer From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 547 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 4704 times:

There is a lot more to operating costs than just fuel and lease payments. How about maintenance costs? Pilot training and availability? Landing fees? Capacity vs. loads? I don't know specifics, but there was talk a while back of DL eliminating a fleet type. Somewhere the math must justify keeping the 732 around a bit longer than the MD-88. (If they are retiring it and not just shuffling service around). Even though there is a generation gap the 732 should share some parts commonality with the 733 and 738, and pilots should be able to fly either type (or at least have a quicker training transition). I don't know weights, but is a 732 lighter than an MD-88? If so then it will have lower landing fees. Another thing to think about is loads. Are the -88's going out full the majority of the time? Are the loads close enough to a full 732 to justify the cost of fewer paying pax over the cost of more empty seats?
And a final thought, in case any of the aircraft in question are owned, which one is more likely to sell rather than sit in the desert?


User currently offlineEjmmsu From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1692 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 4495 times:

I flew a DL 732 today SAT-ATL.

I sat in row 24, right next to the engine....it was LOUD.

I enjoyed it, however...



"If the facts do not conform to the theory, they will have to be disposed of"
User currently offlineGQfluffy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 4484 times:

Quoting Alitalia744 (Reply 4):
Real metal, thunder down the runway, loud as F*CK engines!



Quoting 727LOVER (Reply 7):
Amen to that brother!!!!!

Add a loud bold 727 in there.

Can I get another Amen?

Not to qoute a song or anything. That's one thing I love about working at BIL from time to time. Fedex flies 722's in and out everday. SAWEET!!!! hyper 

fluffy


User currently offlineOttoPylit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 4417 times:

Quoting Corsair2 (Reply 8):
Does Delta still have some widget paint scheme airplanes out there?

Nope, they are all either the new wavy gravy scheme or the 97 Ron Allen scheme. No more widgets.  Sad



Otto


User currently offlineKcrwflyer From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3818 posts, RR: 7
Reply 16, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 4380 times:

Quoting 727LOVER (Reply 7):
Quoting Alitalia744 (Reply 4):
And that my friend is what AVIATION is about. Real metal, thunder down the runway, loud as F*CK engines!

Give me a 737-200 or DC-9 over an whiney A32X anyday!

Amen to that brother!!!!!

Add a loud bold 727 in there.



Quoting GQfluffy (Reply 14):
Quoting Alitalia744 (Reply 4):
Real metal, thunder down the runway, loud as F*CK engines!



Quoting 727LOVER (Reply 7):
Amen to that brother!!!!!

Add a loud bold 727 in there.

Can I get another Amen?

Not to qoute a song or anything. That's one thing I love about working at BIL from time to time. Fedex flies 722's in and out everday. SAWEET!!!!

fluffy

my kinda people!


User currently offlineVegasplanes From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 778 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 4311 times:

Quoting Alitalia744 (Reply 4):
And that my friend is what AVIATION is about. Real metal, thunder down the runway, loud as F*CK engines!

Give me a 737-200 or DC-9 over an whiney A32X anyday!

Don't forget the 727, DC-10, L1011.

They way it should be.


User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 4282 times:

Quoting OttoPylit (Reply 15):

Nope, they are all either the new wavy gravy scheme or the 97 Ron Allen scheme. No more widgets.

Mainline, that is. Still 4 or 5 Skywest CR2's cranking around in the regional version of the widget scheme. The actual widget isn't there, but its close.


User currently offlineLeon8828 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 43 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3856 times:

Quoting GQfluffy (Reply 14):
Quoting Alitalia744 (Reply 4):
Real metal, thunder down the runway, loud as F*CK engines!

Amen to the Belchfire ! !


User currently offlineJush From Germany, joined Apr 2005, 1636 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3784 times:

Quoting Alitalia744 (Reply 4):
And that my friend is what AVIATION is about. Real metal, thunder down the runway, loud as F*CK engines!

Give me a 737-200 or DC-9 over an whiney A32X anyday!

Way to go! sir!
And the black smoke is still not the worst part of exhaust it's just unburned carbon. A zillion times less dangerous than the NOx emissions you can't clearly see dudes... loves those rockets! I saw an Lanchile 732 in SCL....
That's what i call mother******* aviation!



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User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7496 posts, RR: 7
Reply 21, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3767 times:

I noticed DL replaced the 732 on the CVG-BUF run w/Comair  Sad . We don't even get 732's here in ROC unless Ryan comes in for a ACY charter.


'Empathy was yesterday...Today, you're wasting my Mother-F'ing time' - Heat.
User currently offlineCitation501SP From United States of America, joined May 2000, 209 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3317 times:

Ah, it is a sight slowly disappearing. Nothing turns peoples heads on the ground than a jet thundering down the runway in on a humid day in the summer. If the windows rattle in the terminal even better. I was at MSP, and DTW last week, it was Heaven. DC-9s everywhere making smoke and thunder. Even a Gulfstream III, with the RR speys, made itself known.

Call me crazy but it just seems right, Bring back the F106s now there was some Fire and thunder!!!


501sp



Smoke and Thunder! Stage 2 FOREVER!!!
User currently offlineChrisNH From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 4120 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3285 times:

Too bad Delta doesn't fly B1 bombers  duck . That is THE loudest plane I've ever personally witnessed.

Chris in NH


User currently offlineCorsair2 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 248 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3196 times:

I would actually like to see DL bring back one their Convair 880's they got rid of long before I was born. That airplane looks like a real scream machine!!


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