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User currently offlineATAIndy From United States of America, joined May 2004, 584 posts, RR: 4
Posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3531 times:

Hello,

I'm having a discussion with my grandmother about Northwest's MD-80's. She thinks that they have flown with NWA in the last seven years, particularly between MSP-BIL. Could a kind citizen on airliners.net please tell her when NWA retired their MD-80's. Thank You.

Sincerely,
ATAIndy


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User currently offlineAirTran737 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3690 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3521 times:
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Quoting ATAIndy (Thread starter):
She thinks that they have flown with NWA in the last seven years, particularly between MSP-BIL. Could a kind citizen on airliners.net please tell her when NWA retired their MD-80's. Thank You.

If I recall correctly the NW MD-80's were gone during the early 1990's.



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User currently offlineJogales From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 437 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3503 times:

The most recent photo in the DB is from October 1999.


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User currently offlineCOERJ145 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1421 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3469 times:

Why did NW retire the MD80s yet keep the vintage DC-9s?

User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26196 posts, RR: 76
Reply 4, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3460 times:

Quoting COERJ145 (Reply 3):
Why did NW retire the MD80s yet keep the vintage DC-9s?

The MD80s were low range oddballs once the large A320 order was placed while the DC9s had no real replacement (other than the similarly oddball F100) until the 717 came out, at which time NW decided it was financially advantageous to refurbish the DC9s.



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User currently offlineJamesJimlb From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1023 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3439 times:

Quoting COERJ145 (Reply 3):
Why did NW retire the MD80s yet keep the vintage DC-9s?

good question.



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User currently offlineJamesJimlb From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1023 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 3439 times:

never mind, i did not read the text after it


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User currently offlineATAIndy From United States of America, joined May 2004, 584 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 3423 times:

Ok, I guess what I'm trying to ask is: When did NW retire their MD-80's?


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User currently offlineNorthStarDC4M From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 2951 posts, RR: 37
Reply 8, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 3404 times:
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Quoting JamesJimlb (Reply 5):
Quoting COERJ145 (Reply 3):
Why did NW retire the MD80s yet keep the vintage DC-9s?

good question.

NWs MD80s were a small subfleet that came from Republic and soon after and not really cost effective with the A320s coming online. The were all original MD81s and MD82s. The Detroit crash didnt help with the decision makers at NWA either. NWA simply didnt have a good use for the MD80s and so parked them as more A320s came online to replace them.

It should be mentioned that NWA actually retired the MD80 before the 727.



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User currently offlineATAIndy From United States of America, joined May 2004, 584 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 3404 times:

Actually, that last question I figured out. NW did indeed retire their MD-80's in 1999.


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User currently offlineBurnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7503 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3217 times:

Quoting COERJ145 (Reply 3):
Why did NW retire the MD80s yet keep the vintage DC-9s?

Well with only having 7 MD-80's and at the time over 200 DC-9's.... the MD-80 was an oddball and since production of it stopped it wasn't worth operating just 7 MD-80's.



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User currently offlineUA_727 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 215 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2757 times:

Yeah, I remember NW flying their afternoon BIL turn with an MD-80. I believe their morning and RON flights were 727's, after which I think both types were ultimately replaced with the DC-9 (which has now been replaced by A-319/20s)



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User currently offlineCharlienorth From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 1113 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2687 times:

Besides parts being a problem for an oddball fleet,I recall the pilot roster was seperate from the DC9.

User currently offlineBurnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7503 posts, RR: 8
Reply 13, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2625 times:

Quoting Charlienorth (Reply 12):
,I recall the pilot roster was seperate from the DC9.

It had to be the DC-9 guys could not fly the MD-80's, it was easy to get rated between the two, but the DC-9 and MD-80's had quite different flightdecks.



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User currently offlineMd95 From Italy, joined Apr 2005, 104 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2613 times:

What happened to those aircraft? Were they mothballed or sold?


dario
User currently offlineDouglasDC10 From Germany, joined Feb 2000, 171 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2599 times:

NW's MD-80s were former Republic aircraft and among the oldest MD-80s built. None of them flew ever again with another poerator. They were all stored in Marana and at least three of them were already broken up.

User currently offlineJetjack74 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 7386 posts, RR: 51
Reply 16, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2555 times:
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Quoting ATAIndy (Thread starter):
Could a kind citizen on airliners.net please tell her when NWA retired their MD-80's. Thank You.

January 2000. The last flight ORD-MSP.

Quoting Md95 (Reply 14):
What happened to those aircraft? Were they mothballed or sold?

Sold to Airlease salvage in Marana. Broken up and sold for scrap.



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User currently offlineMD95 From Italy, joined Apr 2005, 104 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2555 times:

Quoting DouglasDC10 (Reply 15):
NW's MD-80s were former Republic aircraft and among the oldest MD-80s built. None of them flew ever again with another poerator. They were all stored in Marana and at least three of them were already broken up

That's why probably they didn't use them any more. I doubt NW would get rid so fast of good aircraft just because you have few of them. It's always possible to find a niche use for them.



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User currently offlineDeltaRules From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3698 posts, RR: 9
Reply 18, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2526 times:

Quoting DouglasDC10 (Reply 15):
They were all stored in Marana and at least three of them were already broken up.

At least one was parked & broken up at DAB. I remember seeing it, along with a couple A300s, across the airport while touring ERAU in 2001.

DeltaRules



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User currently offlineD950 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 493 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2505 times:

Quoting NorthStarDC4M (Reply 8):
The Detroit crash didnt help with the decision makers at NWA either. NWA

The aircraft didn't forget to set the flaps.



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