It gives you a bit of an insight about the aircraft, with it being retired and how this will effect the airline and certain employees who fly this.
I never knew pilots over 60 in the US could be no higher than second-officers (flight engineers). This sounds a bit stupid and as long as the pilots are fit and well and under-go regular medicals, there should be no concerns about them flying as captains or first-officers.
Is there a similar rule in Europe, or would this be classifed as Age Disciminaton?
It also asks the infamous question about the DC-9's!
Warreng24 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 721 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 5535 times:
I love the quote:
"The DC10 is a reliable airplane, fun to fly, roomy and quiet, kind of like flying an old Cadillac Fleetwood," says Wade Blaufuss, spokesman for the Northwest chapter of the Air Line Pilots Association. "We're sad to see an old friend go."
"When we landed them in Europe, guys from other airlines would come over and look at them," Blaufuss says. "You don't see them much anymore. They're kind of antiques."
Really sums it all up. These newer planes, they don't have the character of the older L1011's, DC10's, 727's, 720's, 707's.
Long live the DC-10! Long live the classic tri-jet's!
MMEPHX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 5460 times:
Sad to see the old girl go but if its a 6,100 gallon saving per trip it's inevitable. I figure NWA has about 13 daily trips across the Atlantic (AMS/CDG/LGW) at $2 gallon thats about $58M a year one-way saving for an A330 over a DC10 on all routes. $115M+ a year if you figure the round trip. Hard to ignore that kind of money.
NWA claim a 30% saving for a new A330 over a DC10..easy to see the economics of the decision, even if a little more character is about to leave the passenger skies.
Isitsafenow From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4984 posts, RR: 22
Reply 7, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 5284 times:
Quoting OzarkD9S (Reply 6): DC-9-10's came out in 1965, the -30 after that. ALL of NW's DC-9's would have had to have been delivered between '65 and '67 for that statement to be true. I find it highly unlikely.
I can back you up there. The oldest DC 9 NW has in service in N8920E, a former
Eastern bird, built in January of 67. I saw N8921E at DTW last week.
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