Alaska is continuing to send MD80's to the desert (VCV). Last month AS decided to ground an additional 2 MD80 in Seattle as spare a/c. But they will be gone from the fleet by Dec. '08, so look for this routine through '08.
"Some pilots avoid storm cells and some play connect the dots!"
Jlbmedia From United States of America, joined Jun 2002, 603 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 4817 times:
Who is flying the Maxjet 767-200? (I know, the pilot!) I see it is using a Maxjet flight number. Is it being flown to storage by a Maxjet crew, or by the leasing company? Do leasing companies have pilots on staff for repositioning, etc. of their aircraft or do they contract someone to fly it?
For some reason, the web site is down as I write this, so let me ask why MaxJet had a plane on the ground in JFK. It was my understanding that the last flight operated before the airline shut down was JFK-STN, while LAX-STN and LAS-STN were canceled, so why was there a plane in JFK ?
EIPremier From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1533 posts, RR: 2 Reply 20, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2691 times:
The AS 9470 flight was N981AS which is one of the two they decided to park early. This is one of the newer MD-80s built in 1997, so I imagine this aircraft will see future service with another airline. I'm surprised they would retire this aircraft now rather than wait until the end of the holiday travel rush after New Year's. The MD-80 flights continue to be "punctuality challenged."
LAX20531 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 19 posts, RR: 0 Reply 21, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2426 times:
Quoting Charles79 (Reply 18): As of yesterday morning there were two Maxjet 762s here at LAX
So then it appears there are (were) 2 in LAX, 1 in LAS, 1 in VCV, and 1 stranded at JFK with no engines. Does anyone know how the 2nd plane got to LAX? The first one would have been part of the regular STN rotation.
It's sad to see MY fold but not at all surprising. Given the financials that were posted on the London Stock Exchg, one would almost have guessed that it would be around this time that they would have run out of cash without additional infusions. They stated in their half-year earnings release that they essentially cleaned their balance sheet of debt with the last infusion and it's clear the debt just began piling up from then forward.
What's odd is that they were still actively recruiting colleagues and finished a f/a recently at Delta's training center. Imagine being hired and going through 5 weeks of training - and then to only work for about 4-5 more weeks before learning of your employers' demise.