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Is Delta Fleet Of MD80 All 88 Model?  
User currently offline747400sp From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3429 posts, RR: 2
Posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 5074 times:

I notice Delta still fly MD80 regularly service into Norfolk International Airport. I was wondering, are all Delta MD80's, the MD88 model or do they have other model of MD80?

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User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 5073 times:

The entire MD-80 fleet @ Delta consists of the MD-88. They never operated any of the earlier MD-80 versions.

User currently offlineDutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 57
Reply 2, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 5065 times:

All Delta MD80s are MD88s.......

The first handful of Delta MD88s were built as MD82s and then converted....the MD88 has a more advanced cockpit. Remember, DL also flies the MD90.


User currently offlineFuturecaptain From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 5065 times:

Well, they do have the MD-90's. Unless we arn't counting those as part of the family.

User currently offlineSteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9174 posts, RR: 18
Reply 4, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 4882 times:

Quoting Futurecaptain (Reply 3):
Well, they do have the MD-90's. Unless we arn't counting those as part of the family.

Yeah, and I think they only have like 10 or so of them. I don't remember that fleet size being very large...



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User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7442 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 4859 times:

Yep,all 88's . That's all we get in ROC from ATL since the 732's are retired. 3X a day! Sadly,that's the only M-D product we get here,unless you count the 717 (which I don't).


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User currently offlineFreedom747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 4785 times:

Didn't the first two 82s not have the paddle-shaped tail cones on them. Then those 2 were converted? Don't u love the safety demo when the F/As announce that its an MD-88 jet service to wherever? So distinct, so different from saying MD-"80".....blah blah blah

User currently offlineSLCUT2777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 4019 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 4780 times:

Quoting Futurecaptain (Reply 3):
Well, they do have the MD-90's. Unless we arn't counting those as part of the family.

Additional flight deck qualifications exist for the MD-90. DL operates 16 of them, mostly out of SLC since they are better equipped for high altitude departures compared to the MD-88s. These represent the last vestiges of McDonnell/Douglas at DL, which once upon a time was virtually an entirely Douglas aircraft fleet.



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User currently offlineMilesrich From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1988 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 4638 times:

Delta has 16 MD-90's, ironically, they operated the same number of Convair 880's, which was considered a major part of their fleet at the time.

User currently offlineCaptaink From Mexico, joined May 2001, 5109 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 4627 times:

Quoting United_Fan (Reply 5):
Yep,all 88's . That's all we get in ROC from ATL since the 732's are retired. 3X a day! Sadly,that's the only M-D product we get here,unless you count the 717 (which I don't).

Count it, it was developed by MD. I still call it at times the MD-95. Big grin I know I am stuck in the past.



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User currently offlineEXMEMWIDGET From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 211 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 4500 times:

What are Delta's plans for the MD-90? Since DL has so few of them, will they be phased out in the very near future?

User currently offlineMagyarorszag From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 4469 times:

Quoting Dutchjet (Reply 2):
The first handful of Delta MD88s were built as MD82s and then converted....

The first eight (N901-908DL) were delivered to DL as MD-82 between March and May 1987, and were converted to MD-88 between June and August 1988.

Quoting Milesrich (Reply 8):
they operated the same number of Convair 880's, which was considered a major part of their fleet at the time.

Yes, but DL fleets was of a much different size then.


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[Edited 2006-12-03 17:36:31]

User currently offlineDutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 57
Reply 12, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 4430 times:

Quoting EXMEMWIDGET (Reply 10):
What are Delta's plans for the MD-90? Since DL has so few of them, will they be phased out in the very near future?

Probably not......my guess is that the MD90s will stay with DL since:

1. DL owns them. (Although they are likely subject to one financing agreement or another).
2. There is virtaully no second hand market for the MD90 due since so few were produced. (Resale value is very low......and werent some MD90s with very low cycles recently broken up due to the lack of interest by any airlines?)
3. They are actually very good airplanes and handle their missions very well - especially on routes out of SLC.

Quoting Magyarorszag (Reply 11):
The first eight (N901-908DL) were delivered to DL as MD-82 between March and May 1987, and were converted to MD-88 between June and August 1988.



Quoting Dutchjet (Reply 2):
The first handful of Delta MD88s were built as MD82s and then converted....the MD88 has a more advanced cockpit.

I never knew the exact number, thanks for pointing it out.

Quoting Magyarorszag (Reply 11):
Yes, but DL fleets was of a much different size then.

Good point, we forget how airline fleets of major carriers have grown......as you suggested, when the CV880 was in service, 16 frames was a good size fleet, now a fleet of MD90s is considered a small number and an ""inconvenience"".


User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 4392 times:

Quoting Dutchjet (Reply 12):
Resale value is very low......and werent some MD90s with very low cycles recently broken up due to the lack of interest by any airlines?

The Air Aruba birds that were going to go to the (failed) restart of Pro Air.


User currently offlineDl757md From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1562 posts, RR: 16
Reply 14, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 4052 times:

Quoting Dutchjet (Reply 12):
3. They are actually very good airplanes and handle their missions very well - especially on routes out of SLC.

I guess that depends on your point of view. Currently the MD-90 operates 34% of Delta's flights out of SLC but is responsible for 57% of the mechanical delays out of SLC. Yes it's a nice plane to fly on - very quiet and comfortable. But then again ANY plane is pretty quiet when it's sitting broken at the gate. I'll take the middle seat on a noisier yet better designed and vastly easier to maintain 738 any day. I'll get where I'm going in reasonable comfort.

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User currently offlineTWAL1011727 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 622 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 3514 times:

Quoting United_Fan (Reply 5):
Sadly,that's the only M-D product we get here,unless you count the 717



Quoting Captaink (Reply 9):
I still call it at times the MD-95.

The B717 is just a rename of the MD95(after Boeing bought McD-D)...or an updated DC9-32 with much better engines and other upgrades.

Boeing could have used that designation on a newer design than blowing the 717 line on the MD95.....IMO

KD


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