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User currently offlineNbirger From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 69 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1152 times:

hey everyone,

I really like the old Lockheed Tristar's and MD DC-10 and MD 11 series. I think the whole concept of having a three engine medium to long distance airliner is good. I was just wondering about an existing market for a newer model of these jets. Is there enough of a market to develop a newer version of a Three-engined medium to long haul plane? Or do you feel that after all the Lockheed Tristar's, DC-10's, and MD-11's are retired that is the last we will see of that design?

Thanks a lot for your opinion,
-Nick

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User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 44
Reply 1, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1113 times:

I miss the L-1011 even though I only flew on it once, and that was a fluke pax diversion thing, too.

They would have to redesign the engines for better fuel efficiency. That's the main complaint I've seen in all the writing about trijets. Even the B727, which is a shorter range a/c, smokes like the dickens!

redngold



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User currently offlineILOVEA340 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 2100 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1099 times:

nope. (to expensive to operate.) all the 3 engined planes are out done by the 777 and the 777 is cheaper per seat to operate. the 727 is goy done by new 737's and 717's.

User currently offlineNbirger From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 69 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1095 times:

Do you think it is possible to make it cheaper to operate? Definitely make the engines more fuel-efficient. I just feel that three-engined jets are perfect for a LAX-HNL flight, or ones similar.



User currently offlineWishihadalife From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1098 times:

Why do you "just feel" that? Can you substantiate this "feeling" with any kind of data whatsoever?

User currently offlineNbirger From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 69 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1085 times:

Sorry, I was just wondering the opinions of others. I do not really have any data. It was more my opinion. The only thing I can say though is that for a flight like LAX-HNL I think it would be a better alternative to have three-engines as opposed to two. I know the chances of both engines failing is very slim on a two-engine jet. I just think that three engines add a little security on a flight like that where 2000+nm are over the Pacific Ocean. I was just wondering what everyone thinks about the tri-jets.





User currently offlineWishihadalife From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1092 times:

Run a search on "ETOPS"

You will have your answer.


User currently offlineTWA717_200 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1074 times:

Seems to be that the reason that trijets are no longer made is the complexity and maintenance expense of the number 2 engine mount.

The 777 was (for a very short time) considered a trijet. The above mentioned reason killed that idea quick.

Personally, I love the looks of a trijet. Too bad we'll probably never see another one built.


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