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Who Still Operates The MD-87?  
User currently offlinetsugambler From United States of America, joined exactly 4 years ago today! , 302 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 7143 times:

Do any airlines still fly the MD-87? If so, which ones, and which routes? I'd like to fly on one before they're gone, if that's still possible.

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User currently offlinehotplane From UK - England, joined Jul 2006, 1036 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 7145 times:

Scandinavian, Spanair & perhaps Pronair?


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User currently offlineviajero From Mexico, joined Aug 2008, 132 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 7117 times:
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Allegiant Air (USA) still has atleast 1 in service. Not sure if it's strictly used on a charter basis or if it's operating in scheduled service.

User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11611 posts, RR: 60
Reply 3, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 7068 times:

SAS only have a couple of 87s left, so it's hard to guarantee one.
About half of Spanair's MD fleet is still the 87, so you have a better chance here, and some cheap intra-Spain fares.
Andes do in Argentina, but they also have CR9s.
1time in South Africa have a few, but again it's scattered amongst their larger MD fleet.
Air Uganda has three, only MD-87s aside of their CRJs, so may be a safer bet.
City Airline of Sweden also have three, but I'm not sure if they fly scheduled operations?


Dan  



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User currently offlineGiancavia From Vatican City, joined Feb 2010, 1308 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 7022 times:

Well I dont know if its an airline or what it is really I guess it may be an executive? But I snapped an MD87 yesterday at Luton.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/giancarlonicolomarco/5432074942/

^ Anybody Know who AMAC Aerospace is.


User currently offlinesrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 6963 times:

Quoting viajero (Reply 2):
Allegiant Air (USA) still has atleast 1 in service. Not sure if it's strictly used on a charter basis or if it's operating in scheduled service.

Their MD-87 fleet is pretty much dedicated to the Caesars Entertainment (formerly Harrah's Entertainment) casino charter junket program known as Total Rewards Air to their properties in Reno, Lake Tahoe, Tunica, and Laughlin.

http://www.harrahs.com/totalrewardsair/


User currently offlineberyllium From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 6796 times:

Quoting tsugambler (Thread starter):
Do any airlines still fly the MD-87? If so, which ones, and which routes? I'd like to fly on one before they're gone, if that's still possible.

Here are your options (as of Feb-11):
(1) - SK (SAS) operates a whole bunch of routes on MD-87 out of CPH (examples of the routes: CPH-BRU, CPH-TXL, CPH-LHR...)
(2) - CF (City Airline; Sweden) operates some flights on MD-87 out of GOT (Gothenburg) (examples of the routes: GOT-AGP, GOT-MAN, GOT-NCE...), and it also flies for KF (Blue1; Finland) on HELMUC route using MD-87.
(3) - JK (Spanair) operates some flights on MD-87 out of MAD, BCN, ALC, VLC, and some other Spanish cities (examples of the routes: BCN-AGP, BCN-IBZ, BCN-MAD, IBZ-MAD, MAD-LPA...).
(4) - 2J (Air Burkina; Burkina Faso), I5 (Air Mali; Mali), and U7 (Air Uganda; Uganda) use MD-87. You will need to go to Africa for these (examples of the routes: BKO-DKR, BKO-LFW, EBB-JUB, EBB-NBO)
(5) - G4 (Allegiant Air)... they have 3 MD-87 in their fleet, but I don't know on which routes they are using them...


User currently offlineCessna172RG From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 749 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 6765 times:

JAS had some, and after the merger with JAL, they became JAL MD-87s. I don't think they're in service with JAL any longer though...I think all the MD-80 models went away recently.


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User currently offlinesrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 6597 times:

Quoting beryllium (Reply 7):
(5) - G4 (Allegiant Air)... they have 3 MD-87 in their fleet, but I don't know on which routes they are using them...

Previously addressed within the thread:

Quoting srbmod (Reply 5):
Quoting viajero (Reply 2):
Allegiant Air (USA) still has atleast 1 in service. Not sure if it's strictly used on a charter basis or if it's operating in scheduled service.

Their MD-87 fleet is pretty much dedicated to the Caesars Entertainment (formerly Harrah's Entertainment) casino charter junket program known as Total Rewards Air to their properties in Reno, Lake Tahoe, Tunica, and Laughlin.

http://www.harrahs.com/totalrewardsair/


User currently offlinedebonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2399 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 6095 times:

Quoting beryllium (Reply 7):
Here are your options (as of Feb-11):

plus: http://www.dat.dk (might do some European runs as ATR upgrade)


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Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 3):
Andes do in Argentina, but they also have CR9s.

Don't forget Leal Líneas Aéreas.


User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11611 posts, RR: 60
Reply 10, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 6011 times:

Quoting debonair (Reply 10):
Don't forget Leal Líneas Aéreas.

They are charter only though IIRC.


Dan  



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User currently offlineGiancavia From Vatican City, joined Feb 2010, 1308 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 5672 times:

Had no idea DAT had an MD87.. I remember the days they had a tiny lil BCH99 that came into LTN alot..great colours^

User currently offlineBDABOY From Bermuda, joined Nov 2004, 110 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 5568 times:

Quoting Giancavia (Reply 4):
Anybody Know who AMAC Aerospace is.

They are a Swiss company with divisions covering business, corporate and private charters, aircraft management, maintenance and refurbishment.


User currently offlineGiancavia From Vatican City, joined Feb 2010, 1308 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 5479 times:

Quoting BDABOY (Reply 13):
They are a Swiss company with divisions covering business, corporate and private charters, aircraft management, maintenance and refurbishment.

Cool, Thanks for the info.


User currently offlineviasa From Switzerland, joined Jun 2005, 1867 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 5393 times:

Here is a link with all MD-87s and it's operators: http://www.ch-aviation.ch/aircraft.p...erator=AND&ac_type=DC-9-87&start=0

User currently offlinesuper80 From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 148 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 4080 times:

Quoting viasa (Reply 15):
Here is a link with all MD-87s and it's operators: http://www.ch-aviation.ch/aircraft.p...art=0

Thanks for the link. I am surprised that so many MD-87s are stored/scrapped. I hope I am not off topic here. I understand that the MD-87s is like a replacement for the DC-9-30. But why isn't the MD-87 popular as other MD-80 families? Do they have the same issue like the B736/A318 (too heavy??) Could an airline (maybe an B717 operator) buy them all up for cheap like what DL is doing for the MD90 Fleet?

thx!


User currently offlineBasilFawlty From Netherlands, joined Jun 2009, 1313 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3627 times:

Quoting hotplane (Reply 1):
perhaps Pronair?

They went bust over 1,5 years ago.

Quoting debonair (Reply 10):
plus: http://www.dat.dk (might do some European runs as ATR upgrade)

No, but they operate on the longer sectors to PUF, MRS and FCO. However, there's always a fair chance that you will end up in their MD-83.

Quoting beryllium (Reply 7):
(1) - SK (SAS) operates a whole bunch of routes on MD-87 out of CPH (examples of the routes: CPH-BRU, CPH-TXL, CPH-LHR...)

Only 2 left at the moment and they're leaving very soon. The rest are MD81's and MD82's.

Quoting beryllium (Reply 7):
(3) - JK (Spanair) operates some flights on MD-87 out of MAD, BCN, ALC, VLC, and some other Spanish cities (examples of the routes: BCN-AGP, BCN-IBZ, BCN-MAD, IBZ-MAD, MAD-LPA...).

Only 3 left at the moment and leaving very soon as well.

I would suggest to book a flight on City Airline. Their longer sectors to Spain and France are operated by the MD-87's and since it's the only type in their fleet of the MD-80 family there's no risk to end up in an MD81/82/83/88 like on Allegiant, SAS, Spanair and Danish Air Transport.  



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User currently offlineVirginFlyer From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 4537 posts, RR: 41
Reply 17, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3474 times:

Quoting super80 (Reply 16):
I understand that the MD-87s is like a replacement for the DC-9-30

The figures seem to show it is more akin to the DC-9-50. I thought the MD-95 was the first attempt to provide a direct equivalent to the DC-9-30?

http://www.boeing.com/commercial/dc-9/specs.html
http://www.boeing.com/commercial/md-80/product.html
http://www.boeing.com/commercial/717/pf/pf_product.html

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User currently offlinedebonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2399 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3295 times:

Quoting BasilFawlty (Reply 17):
No, but they operate on the longer sectors to PUF, MRS and FCO.

Nope, unfortunately downgraded to ATR's...

"ATR 42 aircraft on DAT's new route between Pau, Marseille and Rom FCO"

http://www.dat.dk


User currently offlineCO38 From Norway, joined May 2009, 106 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 3091 times:

Quite a few MD87s have found a new life as a VIP transport.
I think theres like 2 or 3 of them for sale at controller.com these days, with executive interior. With several other frames flying as VIP transports.

What I wonder is why anyone would want to convert a MD87 over a 735 or 733 for VIP missions? The performance, (range and speed) is similar. The purchase cost should also be fairly similar ($1-7 mill, depending on type, cycles etc ), but the MD87 use significant more fuel and the engines produce alot more noise.

There should be enough 735s and 733s stored out there, just waiting for some airline, or someone looking for a new airliner sized corporate jet, to pick them up. If you slap a couple of winglets on them, the advantage over the MD87 is even greater.
So my question remains; why are the MD87s "so" popular as a VIP transport?

Sorry if this questions is alittle off-topic 


User currently offlineTrijetsRMissed From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 2321 posts, RR: 7
Reply 20, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2779 times:

Quoting super80 (Reply 16):
I understand that the MD-87s is like a replacement for the DC-9-30. But why isn't the MD-87 popular as other MD-80 families? Do they have the same issue like the B736/A318 (too heavy??) Could an airline (maybe an B717 operator) buy them all up for cheap like what DL is doing for the MD90 Fleet?

The MD-87 was marketed as a smaller capacity MD-80 variant, that also could afford longer range ops. The fuselage is 3 ft shorter than a DC9-50, but the renewal cycle wasn't timed right, so most orders were additions. The RASM is also less than the larger variants, hence the -83 and -88 got many of the would-be -87 orders. Lastly, the type would've done a lot better, had AA not opted for the F100.

It would not make sense for a 717 operator to acquire MD-87s. The respected types are quite different airplanes, not allowing any mods to create significant commonality.



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User currently offlineAR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 6127 posts, RR: 30
Reply 21, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 2721 times:
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Quoting tsugambler (Thread starter):
Do any airlines still fly the MD-87? If so, which ones, and which routes? I'd like to fly on one before they're gone, if that's still possible.
Quoting srbmod (Reply 5):
Their MD-87 fleet is pretty much dedicated to the Caesars Entertainment (formerly Harrah's Entertainment) casino charter junket program known as Total Rewards Air to their properties in Reno, Lake Tahoe, Tunica, and Laughlin.

Since I do not think you are even remotely considering going to Spain or Scandinavia, much less Argentina to fly on an MD-87, I would suggest you call or write Caesars Entertainment and explain yourself and what you want. You may be surprised with the result. WIh the recession many companies are doing you´ve no idea what to attract customers, heck, even just fans and after all, how exensive can it be for Caesars to give a free ride on one of its aircraft to an enthusiast. I´m sure some of their flights leave with at least an empty seat.

You´d be surprised how many things I´ve gotten over the years that I could not otherwise afford but that I was reallly passionate about, just by writing a letter. And I am not talking about greed.



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User currently offlineBirdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3807 posts, RR: 51
Reply 22, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2629 times:

I got an MD-87 on a Germanwings flight from CGN to ARN 3 years ago (SE-RBA). It was operated by Nordic Regional. Great deal too, I paid 20 EUR for the flight. That one still flying?

Soren   



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User currently offlineSASDC8 From Norway, joined Mar 2006, 710 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2558 times:
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Quoting beryllium (Reply 7):
(1) - SK (SAS) operates a whole bunch of routes on MD-87 out of CPH (examples of the routes: CPH-BRU, CPH-TXL, CPH-LHR...)

As far as I know all MD-87s have been taken out of service. There is one stored at OSL without engines and SK has three other that are stored.

Quoting viasa (Reply 15):
Here is a link with all MD-87s and it's operators: http://www.ch-aviation.ch/aircraft.p...art=0

As far as I know the information here is correct regarding SK. Great link btw viasa!



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User currently offlineBasilFawlty From Netherlands, joined Jun 2009, 1313 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2523 times:

Quoting SASDC8 (Reply 24):
As far as I know all MD-87s have been taken out of service. There is one stored at OSL without engines and SK has three other that are stored.

SE-DIB and SE-DIP are the last active ones.  



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25 kl911 : A great plane to fly in. I had my one and only flight on the MD87 in 1998 CPH-TLV with SAS. Try to get one before they are gone.
26 Post contains images TrijetsRMissed : Not in the US, not after 9/11. Only in the movies, or from stories of the '70s (pre-deregulation). Dream on.
27 AR385 : I´ve seen it done post 9/11 It takes work and perseverance, but I´ve seen it done. So, while I apppreciate your wishes for my good dreams, I don´t
28 AlexA340B777 : How about Iberias MD-87s? I think several of them are in storage at MAD for a long time already. Will those be flying again? Or will they be scrapped?
29 BasilFawlty : 8 went to Celestair to operate for Air Burkina, Air Mali and Air Uganda. 7 are still stored at MAD and 1 has been scrapped.
30 AlexA340B777 : Do you know what is the plan for those 7 remaining ones? The one which has been scrapped is EC-EXM, right? Is EC-EXM completely scrapped or has this
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