c5load From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 917 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 22890 times:
Unfortunately, I was employed with Delta about a year and a half after they retired the MD-11 so I never got a chance to ride on it. How many MD-11s did DL have and what kind of routes were they run on? Were they the standard European runs, aka: FRA, LGW, CDG, etc plus the daily ATL-NRT? Did they do any Hawaii routes, South Africa, S. America, Asia? Did they do a lot of domestic routes more than int'l, or was it vice-versa?
"But this airplane has 4 engines, it's an entirely different kind of flying! Altogether"
srbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 22802 times:
Some of the routes:
ATL-MCO (At one point, DL was operating all of their widebodies on this route at least once a day.
They were definitely their Transpacific workhorse. I took several non-rev joyrides between ATL and PDX (and back) up in BusinessElite because those flights were tag on legs to the PDX-NRT flight and were domestic flights with international service.
n901wa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 526 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 22722 times:
We had 15 PW powered MD-11's, and we had 2 Leased CF-6 MD-11's (Ships 891 and 892) The leased MD-11's went away as soon as the newer PW bird showed up. Some had the extra belly fuel tanks, and N815DE had the Bat wing Flap track fairings. I think we still own 1 or 2 (803 and 804? ) that are leased to World. But not sure about that. I also remember LAX -FRA but not sure if it stopped somewhere. I Thought it was non-stop. HTH
lucky777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 22710 times:
It also briefly did an MCO-LAX-NRT run all under the same flight number. I had the pleasure of non-reving on it from LAX-NRT, PDX-NRT, ATL-PDX, NRT-ATL, and PDX-SEL. I thought it was a fantastic aircraft to fly in. Very powerful, pretty quiet, and the interior dimensions were only slightly smaller than a 777.
milesrich From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2077 posts, RR: 6
Reply 22, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 21371 times:
Quoting drerx7 (Reply 17): It was never on DFW-HNL. That was always an L15 that ran ATL-DFW-HNL DL16 and 17 IIRC (or DL16&DL15) it was one of those two pairs. I flew the ATL-DFW portion once.
It was DL 16 and DL 17 and I took them quite a few times, and they were L-1011-250's not 500. They rotated with DL 53 and 54, the ATL-HNL nonstops. One aircraft would operate ATL-HNL-DFW-ATL and the other would operate ATL-DFW-HNL-ATL. I am not saying they never subbed -500's on the route, but they were scheduled with 295 seat two class L-1011-250's. The L-1011-1's held 302, and I think the L-1011-500 held 241 or thereabouts. In the late 80's, DL used three class L-1011's on the route with First, Business (8 across like the original coach), and Coach with 9 across. (2-5-2). Check an old system timetable, they had the seating capacities, but I remember the availables on the L-1011 from the 90's from flying as a non rev.