Skystar From Australia, joined Jan 2000, 1363 posts, RR: 2 Posted (15 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 3000 times:
I was wondering when the SK MD-90s are going to be repainted. With many SK birds now in the new scheme, the MD-90s look decisively old, when they really aren't.
Has SK "delayed" painting of them because they aren't that old? Is SK planning to phase them out soon? I've heard that they may be taking up the Delta MD-90s.
Might be flying on one of these birds soon. I wouldn't mind hearing any experiences you have with the MD-90. The MD-80/90s have a reputation apparently for nice "kick in the back" takeoffs, which one is the best? (MD-87?)
I note, SK has started to repaint its 763s.
BTW: I need some help with the MD-80 nomeleclature, does anyone know of a good site.
Eg, I know MD-87, "smaller one." MD-81 big (is it the DC-9 Super 80?). (what's a MD-82). MD-88, "modern one." MD-83?
Trintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3297 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (15 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2965 times:
The nomenclature for MD80 series jets refer to the year in which each type was first flown, generally speaking. The series was initially known as DC-9 Super 80 then changed to MD80 as MD redefined their corporate image on their planes. The initial type developed was the MD81 with JT8D-209 engines, which was delivered in 1981. This was followed by the MD82 with -217 engines, the MD83 with -219 engines and extra fuel tanks to boost range over the standard MD80s, the MD87 which was chopped to a max capacity of 110 (compared to 130-150 of standard MD80s) and featured new trim line enhancements such as the low drag tail cone and EFIS cockpit. These improvements were then added to the standard fuselage MD80 as the MD88, the last member of the family. Aside from the smaller -87, the others are impossible to tell apart by casual external observation, as the new tailcone has been fitted to older MD80s to enhance performance.
American's 260+ fleet is comprised of 82s and 83s plus a few 87s from Reno Air. Delta has over 100 88s while the largest 87 fleet belongs to Iberia (24). Of all the models, the 82 was the most popular while the 87 was least popular.
The MD90 is a stretched MD80 featuring new engines (IAE V2500) plus a modernised cockpit and other improvements. It first flew in 1993 and about 110 were built before Boeing ceased production post-merger. Delta has the largest fleet (31 ordered although it is possible that they did not take all; the last I know is that they actually fly 20).
LN-MOW From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1920 posts, RR: 13
Reply 4, posted (15 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2942 times:
.... and SAS is looking into purchasing them from DL if the cost of reconfiguring is within reason.
SAS intends to keep their MD90's for many years. They are extremly pleased with the type, and as it has the same engine as their new A321, it gives good maintenance economics.
Zander From Sweden, joined Feb 2000, 611 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (15 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2923 times:
I really wonder that too....why they didn't repaint the MD90s...it's very strange. What I believe I think the MD80s will be retired before the MD90s but they haven't a big amount of the MD90s so maybe they won't be so much longer in the fleet...who knows?