Matt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 50 Reply 1, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 1571 times:
This post regarding the MD-80's came up awhile ago, so you really should check the archives.
Anyway, just a summary:
First of all, there is no such thing as an MD-80 per se. They are all the latter designations (-81, -82, et. al.)
All of them with the exception of the -87 are visually indistinguishable. They differ only in areas of weights, engines, avionics and so on.
The -87 is easily recognized because it is much shorter than other MD-80 family planes, It also has the extended tail fin a-la the 717 and MD-90.
As for UAL cargo, I haven't a clue.
Hope this helps.
Matt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 50 Reply 2, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 1558 times:
I would also like to add that some MD-80 series jets have the blunt tail cone, while others do not. For the most part, the older MD-80 jets have a pointed or bullet tail, while the later ones have the squared tail. But again, this isn't a foolproof way to tell the a/c's age or series as many older examples had the blunt tails retrofitted later on.
All -87's were delivered stock with the blunt tail.
Trintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3211 posts, RR: 4 Reply 3, posted (13 years 3 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1515 times:
The MD87 actually debuted the screwdriver tail cone and the extended tailfin for MDC. The EFIS cockpit with 4 screens was also launched on the type. The MD88 went on to introduce these features (save the tail) on the standard-length MD80s and the tail turned up on MD90 and 717. Furthermore, as earlier mentioned, retrofitting of the low-drag cone to earlier MD80 series models has made them all appear identical. Only fine technical points separate the variants.
Ben88 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1093 posts, RR: 3 Reply 5, posted (13 years 3 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1507 times:
copied from the UAL cargo website:
"United Cargo’s freighter service currently operates between Chicago and Los Angeles and the Pacific Rim markets of Tokyo, Osaka and Manila through its hub in Anchorage, Alaska. Despite several schedule adjustments to improve performance, the freighter operation has not met customer reliability goals and has failed to achieve sustained profitability."
DeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8825 posts, RR: 12 Reply 6, posted (13 years 3 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1496 times:
One way to distinguish the MD-88 from the rest of them is if you are on the plane, it will have a glass cockpit. Delta, Aeromexico, Iberia, and Aerolineas Argentinius (sp?) are the largest operators of the MD-88.
For UAL Cargo, they operate 4 DC-10-30Fs and are going to cease operations be February 2001, when UAs DC-10s are retired.