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Why No MD-80 Srs Freighters?  
User currently offlineDHHornet From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 252 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2538 times:

Why no MD-80 srs Freighters?
We have DC-9 freighters so why not MD-80s?
Is it length or strength, the reason it can't be done?
I would of thought it was a good aged, quiet (ish), amd plentiful aircraft for conversion.

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User currently offline113312 From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 571 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2493 times:

This biggest hinderance is the cabin width. You cannot load standard containers. Of course this is also true of the smaller DC-9 series but you don't see too many of those flying cargo either.

User currently offlineMagyarorszag From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2461 times:

The largest DC-9F fleet I can think of, is Airborne Express/ABX. And in that case, the airline uses DC-9 without large cargo door, as it doesn't use large container to carry cargo.

If the MD-80 becomes a successful quiet hushkitted aircraft, it may have a good chance to become a cargo transport and fly as long as the DC-8-70Fs, wheither with a side cargo door installed if a rather large fleet is required, or like the ABX DC-9 without the side cargo door.


User currently offlineShowerOfSparks From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2248 times:

Quoting Magyarorszag (Reply 2):
If the MD-80 becomes a successful quiet hushkitted aircraft, it may have a good chance to become a cargo transport and fly as long as the DC-8-70Fs, wheither with a side cargo door installed if a rather large fleet is required, or like the ABX DC-9 without the side cargo door.

As 113312 said, the MD-80 fuselage is too narrow to take standard pallets used throughout the industry. They would have to be loaded lengthwise which would limit the number which could be carried. They could however be used ABX style with their special containers which fit through the passenger door.


User currently offlineMagyarorszag From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2224 times:

Quoting ShowerOfSparks (Reply 3):
the MD-80 fuselage is too narrow to take standard pallets

I know, and that's why I said it maybe worthwhile only "if a rather large fleet is required". Otherwise, it would too expensive.


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