Freedom747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 6, posted (7 years 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 4301 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
SLCUT2777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 3952 posts, RR: 11 Reply 7, posted (7 years 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 4296 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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Captaink From Mexico, joined May 2001, 5108 posts, RR: 12 Reply 9, posted (7 years 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 4143 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. I know I am stuck in the past.
Dutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 58 Reply 12, posted (7 years 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3946 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.
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"".
Dl757md From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1560 posts, RR: 18 Reply 14, posted (7 years 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3568 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.