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What Is The Status Of Retired YX Charter MD-80?  
User currently offlineFlightLevel350 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 9 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3811 times:

With the understanding that YX ceased charter ops. on December 1, 2008, does anyone know the status of the 1-2 Signature Service (i.e.: 2x2 wide leather, premium class seating) charter configured MD-80's that YX operated?

YX served as the official charter carrier of the Milwaukee Bucks (N.B.A.) and Brewers (M.L.B.), and also flew charters for the Kansas City Royals (M.L.B.), the St. Louis Blues (N.H.L.), and the Nashville Predators and Atlanta Thrashers (N.H.L.).

To the best of my knowledge, these 1-2 charter designated 80's were configured in YX's original
2x2 wide leather seats (not the newer Recaro leather seats). These birds were also equipped with fold out wood table tops, and club seating (i.e.: forward and rear facing seats), that surrounded the tables. The aircraft also featured flush mounted TV's - A/V systems located in the forward bulkheads.

As a side note regarding these birds, on occation when a sub aircraft was needed, these dash 80's would rotate into regular scheduled operation to the surprise of YX pax!

Thank you for your time reading this post, and for your input.

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User currently offlineN7371f From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 1735 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3697 times:
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N803ME & N805ME were sold to Allegiant Air for parts. Last known location was Goodyear Az (GYR). Would assume they were broken up there.

N804ME is stored at Blytheville, Arkansas along with the majority of the schedule service MD80's.


User currently offlineFlightLevel350 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 9 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3543 times:

Thanks for the update, N7371f.

This is somewhat expected, but never the less sad news regarding YX's charter dash 80's.

Allegiant Air has a unique business plan that is built around an aircraft type, the MD-80, which most carriers, with the exception of AA, have opted to retire from service primarily due to significantly higher fuel burn than most other short to mid range twin engine jets. Clearly, the stand out exception to this trend is NW/DL with the mainstay of their fleet being the DC-9, for now!


User currently offlineLexy From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 2515 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3522 times:

I miss N804ME!!!! That was the Nashville Predators' Charter Jet during the NHL season. I got to jump onboard for a tour not once, but twice. Both times the crew was simply amazing!!!!! What a great looking airplane too. It looked great on the inside and luckily, I had my camera so I wouldn't forget it!!!


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User currently offlineCmk10 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 513 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3466 times:

I'll miss seeing the YX MD-80 at PHX parked over by Swift Aviation when the Royals/Brewers were in town  Sad


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User currently offlineYXwatcherMKE From United States of America, joined May 2007, 1005 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3323 times:

If N804ME is in storage were they sold off by the old YX management? What happen to the other Mad Dogs that were in the YX fleet?


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User currently offlineN7371f From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 1735 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3309 times:
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Quoting YXwatcherMKE (Reply 5):
If N804ME is in storage were they sold off by the old YX management? What happen to the other Mad Dogs that were in the YX fleet?

The M80's sold to Allegiant must have been because the deal was done before Republic.

As for the remainder in storage...I have to assume that Republic took over the debt/ownership of the owned planes. Recall that Republic's purchase of YX did include assuming several million dollars in debt. However I believe YX paid cash for the used M81/82's it acquired in the early 90's, which would mean the planes are paid for.

Regardless...N804ME, N810ME, N813ME, N814ME are owned and are stored in Arkansas. N808ME is owned by US Bank Trustee but also stored at same location - as are the two leased M88's N601ME & N701ME that Midwest leased since their delivery in 89.

Hope this helps...


User currently offlineYXwatcherMKE From United States of America, joined May 2007, 1005 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3294 times:



Quoting N7371f (Reply 6):
Regardless...N804ME, N810ME, N813ME, N814ME are owned and are stored in Arkansas. N808ME is owned by US Bank Trustee but also stored at same location -

Thanks for the information. on the note...
Do you think that there is any chance at all that RAH could bring back the Mad Dogs even in the short term until they could bring on more A319's in to MKE operations?



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