Flyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (12 years 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1098 times:
Well, it looks like USAirways will be conducting their last DC-9 flight this year. I've noticed them retiring about 3 a month for the last few months, and they're currently down to 11 in service (one being with Shuttle). If my math is correct, that puts the last flight in August. Can anybody provide any further info? Such as a firm date and route?
Cody From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1918 posts, RR: 10 Reply 1, posted (12 years 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 992 times:
I am sorry I can't help with dates right now, but the other day I was in PIT and it was like 1983 all over again. All I saw were USAir DC-9's inlcuding the one former Shuttle aircraft with the new tail and old paint on the fuselage. The only difference being it had so much gunk on the tail you could no longer really see the flag logo. It just looked like a big, black, greasy mess. But nonetheless there were DC-9's everywhere. I think there were four or five alone in line ahead of us.
Dave in Berlin From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (12 years 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 941 times:
These are all ex-PSA jets, and they are among the first MD80's
to have entered commercial service.
Actually, not all of them are ex-PSA jets. They ordered, I believe, about 20 of them after the merger to bring some economies of scale to the fleet. I agree, though, USAir's fleet looks like somebody chose it by throwing darts.
N628AU From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 324 posts, RR: 2 Reply 4, posted (12 years 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 930 times:
Actually, all US MD-80's are ex-PSA. The PSA history page (maybe someone has the link, if not, search Yahoo! for it), lists all 31 MD-80 aircraft with their current US registration, and old PSA registration and name (Smile of ....).
There are 6 DC-9 in service, last one scheduled to leave in August. The first MD-80's will begin to be retired in the fall. There are no DC-9's on the shuttle, this is an all Airbus operation now.
Dave in Berlin From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (12 years 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 925 times:
That's odd; I distinctly remember them ordering additional MD-80s (had to be mid to late 80s) after the the PSA takeover. I wonder if they ended up not taking delivery or something (or disposed of those aircraft first somehow). Oh well, they'll all be gone soon.
L1011 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1583 posts, RR: 10 Reply 10, posted (12 years 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 819 times:
USAir had planes with the VJ suffix on their registrations long before ValuJet arrived on the scene. I think that is why some ValuJet aircraft had the VV suffix. They wanted to keep the numeral part of the registrations consecutive, but in some cases, USAir had the same numeral with VJ on the end of it, so ValuJet had to use something else. I know it's kind of confusing, just like Northwest's use of the US suffix, which causes some people to think their planes are ex-USAir. But Northwest used it first.