acidradio From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1860 posts, RR: 10 Reply 2, posted (3 years 1 month 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 18636 times:
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It seems like the retirement of NW's last DC-9 has been one of the Top 10 most discussed subjects of all time on Airliners.net. For such a popular subject it feels like this aircraft is going off into the sunset with little fanfare or recognition. When NW and DL merged did everyone just forget about their old friend the DC-9? Years ago we had thread after thread about retiring the NW DC-9. That day is upon us and everything seems kind of quiet. I haven't seen many posts about it lately. Delta's blog and corporate news pages don't say anything about it.
I know that there are still some -40s and -50s in the fleet but the -30 was a real workhorse. This aircraft was 40+ yrs old and it was still doing revenue service! Where else do you see that in the airline industry? Quite uncommon. The -40s and -50s are "newer" - they are still old as the hills but not AS old as any of the -30s!
As sad as it is to see the DC-9 leave there are still many other Douglas airframes left in the combined DL/NW fleet. Many MD80s and an ever-growing family of MD90s still grace the skies in which the DC-9 once made home. The tails may not be red anymore. The flight deck may be more automated. But the machines still came from Long Beach, CA!
YYCowboy From Canada, joined Aug 2006, 145 posts, RR: 2 Reply 6, posted (3 years 1 month 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 18411 times:
Always sad to see the end of an era. Reminds me I'm not a kid anymore.
Its been ages since I've flown in one, it was Air Canada's.
Nostalga aside, did these birds get new interiors on a regular basis?
Old clunkers and their carbon footprint realy should be put out to pasture.
I do miss the L1011's more than I'll miss these though.
Its hard to soar like an eagle when you're flying with turkeys
bnatraveler From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 383 posts, RR: 2 Reply 12, posted (3 years 1 month 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 17736 times:
Quoting PHLBOS (Reply 11): Am I missing something here or does the 9000 mean that the flight WAS originally a NW flight pre-merger?
DL has been the final DC93 to cover for other DC9 flying that was IROPd or MX *or* to subsitute for a Connection carrier. In this case, it subbed for a Mesaba CRJ9 thus the 98xx extra section flight number.
PSU.DTW.SCE From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 7179 posts, RR: 29 Reply 16, posted (3 years 1 month 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 17092 times:
Quoting bnatraveler (Reply 12): DL has been the final DC93 to cover for other DC9 flying that was IROPd or MX *or* to subsitute for a Connection carrier. In this case, it subbed for a Mesaba CRJ9 thus the 98xx extra section flight number.
When it substituted on a scheduled Delta flight, they just used the same Delta flight number.
In this case the DC-9-30 was used on a DTW-PVD-DTW turn in place of a Mesaba CRJ-900. Hence they assigned in a flight number in a block of Delta flight numbers, 98xx is extra revenue flights. Instead of the flight numbers in Mesaba's block (3250 and 3196 in this case) on Sunday 10/31
Quoting tristarcrazy (Reply 13): I read something last week that said one DC930 was gonna be kept for a spare/backup in case of a maintenance cancellation? Is this true?
The plan has been somewhat fluid and there has been some conflicting information about the remaining DC-9-30/40 phase out. They did adjust the November schedule to reduce the number of DC-9-40 lines recently so they could remove another DC-9 from service. Hence with the conclusion of the October schedule yesterday they were able to remove the -30 from service with the additional seasonal slack across other fleet types.
Quoting Aloha717200 (Reply 14): Wait, I'm confused. CH-Aviation says it's 8928E, others say its 8926E. I flew on 26E. I'd like to know whether it was the last, or not?
It was indeed N8926E, I have seen it numerous times with my own eyes. N8928E was retired in early September. CH-Aviation is incorrect.
Quoting n92r03 (Reply 15): What happens to it in SFB? Is there a dismantling company there?
Yes, along with all of the other recent -30s to have been retired over the past few months and where the remaining -40's will go.
KingFriday013 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 1283 posts, RR: 10 Reply 18, posted (3 years 1 month 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 16049 times:
The last thing I heard was that the -40s will be gone by the end of January, and the -50s -- along with the MD-88s -- will go in 2013.
I was on what was originally scheduled to be the last arrival of a -30 in DTW, back on Labor Day. Delays and the like had another -30 come in right behind us, from what I've been told, and then there was N8926E sticking around.
Does anyone know which -40s in particular are left? I had the pleasure of flying on N751NW in March.
Tho' I've belted you an' flayed you, By the livin' Gawd that made you, You're a better man than I am, Gunga Din!
Dalmd88 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2442 posts, RR: 15 Reply 24, posted (3 years 1 month 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 14321 times:
Quoting KingFriday013 (Reply 18): The last thing I heard was that the -40s will be gone by the end of January, and the -50s -- along with the MD-88s -- will go in 2013
I agree on the 9 but I can't see the 88 fleet going away that soon. There are no orders to replace them and we are starting an extensive interior mod this month that will add 12 coach seats and new seats in first.
25 GenYBusTrvlr: I suspect that the MD-88s will fly way beyond 2013. Delta currently flies roughly 115 of this this type and there is nothing on order to replace them
26 timf: The MD-88s are just starting an interior refurbishment program, so they likely won't be going anywhere this decade.
27 FlyASAGuy2005: With the way the 88 mods are going along with the delay of MK9s, I'm thinking the 40s are going to be around a little longer than they originally pla
28 n7371f: The DC-9-40's are staying through the first quarter of 2011. I can confirm that (and actually posted that in a different thread). This is due to a del
29 FlyNWA727: This is sad. I had the pleasure of flying two NW DC-9-30s on a trip to New Orleans from BWI. The 2nd leg from DTW to MSY and the return trip from MSY
30 dbo861: What's the reason/estimated duration of the delay? Do you have a link for the other thread?
31 n7371f: Delta MD-90 Avod Delayed To Fall 2011? (by 1337Delta764 Oct 20 2010 in Civil Aviation)
32 snewberg: Knowing that Delta Airlines was retiring the series 30 and 40, in April I used frequent flyer miles to fly one last trip on the old birds. I boarded a
33 KingFriday013: As I said, it has been a while since I heard anything about the 88s. When I heard they were going in 2013, that was at least 6 months before they anno
34 Smart67: N8928E was my first DC-9 trip (Eastern Air Shuttle DCA-LGA) in 1976 and it was my last DC-9 trip on NWA in 2004 MPS-BWI. Been following all of those c