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Last USAirways DC-9 Flight  
User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1441 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?

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User currently offlineCody From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1932 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1335 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.

User currently offlineContinentalEWR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3762 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1320 times:

It's about time. The MD80's have to go too. These are all ex-PSA jets, and they are among the first MD80's
to have entered commercial service.

The fleet needs to be standardized around the Airbus
jets, the 737-300/400 and 757. This would help to
tackle the airline's stubbornly high operating costs.

ContinentalEWR


User currently offlineDave in Berlin From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1284 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.

Cheers,
Dave in Berlin


User currently offlineN628AU From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 343 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1273 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.


User currently offlineDave in Berlin From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1268 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.

Cheers,
Dave in Berlin


User currently offlineRapo From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 395 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1245 times:

I could be wrong here but, aren't many of US AIR's DC-9's from ValueJet (ref reg #N927VJ)?


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User currently offlineGolfhaus From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 132 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1241 times:

rapo,

The description of the picture you linked answers your question:

"N927VJ (cn 48154/1046, del.01/82). Ordered as an Allegheny 'Vista Jet'."

That's what the VJ stands for on the nines.


User currently offlineRapo From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 395 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1210 times:

(in my best Homer Simpson voice) doh!

User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 53
Reply 9, posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1191 times:

Its about time that they go... The DC-9 is beyond a doubt the most uncomfortable aircraft I have ever flown on...the MD-80 is a close second...cant wait to see them go!

Greg



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User currently offlineL1011 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1673 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1162 times:
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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.

Bob Bradley
Richmond, VA



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User currently offlineKALB From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 573 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1146 times:

Speaking of NW, aren't they buying US DC-9s (Heh, Heh)?

User currently offlineN628AU From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 343 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1119 times:

Dave,

The PSA buyout occurred in the late eighties. I think it finalized in late '88 ot early '89.


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