Manuel From Portugal, joined Aug 2004, 1 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3699 times:
You're right, don't sit in the back of the MD-80, but never ever sit in the back of a 727!! The 737-100/200 are awfully loud especially when you sit over the wing, for some reason the hushkitted ones too. I like the MD-80 because of the seating arrangement and it's really quiet when sitting in the front or middle. It looks so beautifully sleak. But try the MD-90, you'd love it! Do the MD-planes have a different gear than the Boeings? Landings always appear to be much smoother than on Boeings.
Manuel the MD-lover
N960AS From Switzerland, joined Apr 2000, 466 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3647 times:
The MD-80 is the best plane! I love them (as if that could be hard to figure out). When I fly Alaska I try to fly on MD-80 flights and avoid those 734s. That is just me though. I think the MD-80s are much more comfortable, I like 2x3 or 3x2 depending on airline. Also in the front MD-80s are really quite (the back is hell). They are really great looking planes, so long and sleek. I'm not sure if they are quiter than 733/734/735 but they seem to be similiar. MD-80s are really dependable and reliable planes. They have been the short/medium haul work horses of many ailrines including American, TWA, Delta, SAS, Alitalia andn Korean just to name a few. As most airlines start to phase them out I'm very sad but I also understand the oldest are approaching 20 years (some are passed that). However they will be around with many, such as AA, DL and TW for many years because of the sheer number of them and the fact that some of them aren't that old, including TWA's youngest MD-80 which is just turning one years old this month. However in the coming years I hope to see many 717s and get a chance to fly on one.
TWA From Iran, joined Sep 2010, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3634 times:
I am glad to see I'm not the only one who like the MD-80 Series in here, Which leads me to my 2nd question. What airline has the best MD-80's? Personally I think TWA does due to their configuration, and their interior design.
Trintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3217 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3632 times:
I have had very little experience flying in 737s, with only 3 flights on the type. On the other had, I have flown on MD80s some 22 times. The MD80 gives a very smooth, comfortable ride and one can feel its raw power as it lifts off from the runway. Yes, the aft cabin is relatively loud due to the engines being there but it is not unbearable. As such I cannot compare the two types but the MD80 ranks as one of the best planes that I have ever flown in.
The MD80 series is the jet most commonly used in the Caribbean, being flown by BWIA (5 MD83), Air Jamaica (2 MD83), ALM (3 MD82) and formerly Surinam Airways (1 MD87) and Air Aruba (1 MD88). Regional flyers of first-generation 737s (there are no Classic operators) here are Bahamasair (3 -200s), Cayman Airways (2 -200s) and the now bankrupt Air Caribbean (3 -200s). Guyana Airways flew a -200 many moons ago. 737s are decidedly more popular in Central America than in the Caribbean with Copa, Nica and Aviateca presently using them.
N960AS From Switzerland, joined Apr 2000, 466 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3618 times:
>>I am glad to see I'm not the only one who like the MD-80 Series in here,
Oh no you're not! I'm a huge MD-80/90 fan and there are some others on here who I've talked to who are too.
For as much as a huge MD-80 fan that I am I've only been on MD-80 series of AA, AS, DL and of course, TW. Alaska and TWA seem to have the same 3x2 configuration. I've only been on one TW flight and it was an old one and i was stuck in the back (at a window thankfully) between to questioning Indianaians (?). I've been on AA and DL ones but it was years ago adn I don't really remember them. I've been on 18 Alaska MD-80s since 1996 when I started writing down registrations of planes I flew on. But I'm sure the total number is more since I've been flying Alaska up and down the coast a lot since I was born. I've been on Alaska 734s and 73Ns, UA 733s, and WN 733s and 735s. They were all the same and I couldn't feel the power of the plane the way you do in a MD-80 when you take off. They really are powerful and not that noisey.
Mls515 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 3075 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3618 times:
I prefer the 737 line. I don't know if I'm borderline obsessive-compulsive, but I can't get over the asymetrical seating arrangement in the economy cabin (2x3/3x2 vs 3x3). My favorite is the 732 with the narrower engines. They take off like a rocket, as TEDSKI mentioned above.
NY-JFK-LGA From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 374 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3610 times:
I absolutely 100% LOVE LOVE the MD series, they are some of the most beautiful aircraft that will ever fly these blue skies on this planet. No other like them, absolutely gorgeous, but not to fool you, very powerful too and comfortable. I just love those planes, I love them a lot. Its my Absolute favorite type of jet forever! I hope that 717 gets a little longer, and struts its stuff like the classic MD does. Even tho its boeing now. Nothing can beat these jets, nothing. Even if the 737 is the best selling. If MD was still alive today, that MD-95 and derivatives would be laying SO MUCH pressure on the newer 737 series. But it won't happen, solely because boing prefers its original products. MD and MD 80 series forever!!!!
JmhLUV2fly From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 559 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3607 times:
I have really enjoyed reading about how many of you like the MD-80 series airplanes. I agree with you all, the MD-80 is by far the finest airplane ever built. When I was a kid, about 20 years ago, the 727 was my airplane. The MD80 had not yet made it self fully known.
In time, as more airlines started to operate the MD-80, I could not help but notice how well it out performed the rest. The aerodynamic design, sleekness and excellent take off performance, places the airplane, in my eyes ahead of any other. Yes, competitors like Airbus try hard with there A320 and Boeing alike with the 73's, but no one matches the good ole' DC-9 (MD80), what a beautiful bird.
Dl727-200adv From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 150 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3603 times:
Choosing between the MD-80 & the (pre NG) B-737 is a tough call, as I really like both aircraft. If I were running an airline I would choose 737’s over the MD-80’s. However the seating arrangement on the 80 is nicer than the 737 since it’s easier to avoid the dreaded middle seats (it’s the narrow body 767…heh heh. ). I also have a soft spot for rear engine T-tail aircraft since my favorite aircraft is the 727. I’d have to flip a coin to decide between flying on the MD-80 vs. the 737 (pre NG). Both are great aircraft. Its too bad MDC couldn’t duplicate their successes with the DC-8’s, DC-9’s, & MD-80 to the DC-10 & MD-11 (both of which IMHO are the worst jetliners built since the original Comets).
Just my $.02.
ERJ135 From Australia, joined Nov 2000, 678 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3600 times:
The question was raised of who has the best interior layout for their MD80's
I'll vote for Midwest Express any day, they are a class above the rest.
I personally like the rear and to have an A seat (the two seat side) to myself.
However I now prefer the mini MD80 which is the little ERJ series of regional jets.
Those who are keen on flying on the MD80's should also have a go in the 717. These thing are really cool and oh so quiet. I was in row three and was wondering when the engines would fire up. It was sooooooo quiet!
CXA330-342 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 398 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3575 times:
I don't remember flying on a 737, but I love the MD-80. I fly on them all the time when I go to California from Chicago. I've been on a 727 once, and I liked the MD-80 much better. It feels more comfortable, and I like it's looks. For a transcontinental flight, however, I prefer an A32X because the MD-80 overhead compartments are too close to your head.
Ironchain15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 3573 times:
I still like the 727 and the DC-9, but the MD-80 is a good plane and I have flown on it and the MD-90 quite a bit. The best configured MD-80 is on Midwest Express. They have two seats on each side and are configured in a first class layout. Midwest Express currently has six MD-81's, three MD-82's, and two MD-88's. I believe a couple more MD-81/82's are on order. Here is my list of airlines that I have flown the MD-80/90 with:
MD-81 with US Airways
MD-82 with American, Continental, Northwest, and US Airways
MD-83 with TWA
MD-88 with Delta
MD-90 with Delta
King767 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3569 times:
I guess I have not had such a good experience on MD-80s as you guys had. I do love the rear engine design, but something draws me to how the earlyJT-8Ds look on the 731/2. They sound so grand and powerful, and boy are they a rocket! I also love the cute stubby look, which does not looks as good on the 735/736 because of the larger CFM56. I also have a love in another way for the look of the CFM-56C2s nacelle on the 737newgeneration AC. The oval shape, which in unfortunately not as obvious on the NG, looks so nice. I am also a fan of the 707/727/737 style glareshield.
The Best, Tom