RWA380 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2607 posts, RR: 4 Posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2936 times:
Just as the title says, as G4 constantly expands they would possibly want to add to their M80 fleet? I'm sure they would sell for a song. Or will those AA frames have too many cycles and in too bad of shape even for G4's needs. I'm sure some of the newer M80's will be the last retired. Doesn't G4 have a myriad of different variants flying currently?
MEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4210 posts, RR: 36 Reply 1, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2917 times:
Allegiant have a lot of ex SAS MD-80s in stock already, some are parked and can either return in service or become beercans in the next few years. These SAS aircraft have fewer hours then the American birds which are being parked now and often had recent C-checks already. They seem to stabilize their fleet, it's around 45 active MD-80s for a while now. Maybe 5 to 10 more SAS birds will become active at the most.
They probably concentrate on making the 757 work and then look at replacements for the MD-80s instead, probably around 2017 a lot of cheap 738s start to become available. So all in all, I don't see them buying any AA aircraft.
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aerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 6761 posts, RR: 13 Reply 2, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2800 times:
most will be scrapped/ some converted to freighters with a few stragglers going to South America, Africa and maybe russia/CIS in the hands of 3rd tier airlines trying to get a lot of plane for not much cash....
A few will go into service with corporations, sports teams and private ownership as VIP/Low density aircraft.
okie From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2728 posts, RR: 3 Reply 3, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2719 times:
Quoting RWA380 (Thread starter): Or will those AA frames have too many cycles and in too bad of shape even for G4's needs
AA will be replacing enough airframes over the next few years that there will just be a glut of the frames in the used market driving the used airframe prices to near scrap value. AA did not fall off the turnip truck yesterday and will be retiring the airframes when they bump up against major checks, therefore, getting their last nickel of value from the aircraft. I am afraid that the used market for the MD80 will be quite depressed when the airframes would face a major check before use.
contrails From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 1825 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2269 times:
I flew AA's MadDogs hundreds of times, if not thousands. I guess my first response would be that G4 can have the MadDogs, although I don't know why they'd want them. But before I get flamed, I will just state that imo these birds have done their duty and should be retired with whatever dignity can be afforded them.
These birds are part of another age, an age when flying was enjoyable and pax didn't have to reveal any anatomical secrets to government agents. I hope at least a few of these birds wind up in aviation museums. They did, after all, open the world of travel to millions of people.
GymClassHero From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 70 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2038 times:
I doubt it. They've been run into the ground. There are better MD-80s out there for them if they need anymore.
Though AA did receive some well into the 90s, so some younger MD-80s are among their fleet. There may be a future for them, maybe not with G4, but I doubt they will be relegated to the scrap heap as fast as their older brethren, especially now that there are engine fittings that can up their engine efficiency by ~20% IIRC.
With airframes as cheap as they are, and the engine fittings, I have a feeling that the MD-80 will become a flagship for many a 2nd/3rd-tier or startup airline in the future. Not sure how much cargo life they have, as the fuselage really doesn't fit any major pallets like the 727/757/widebody frames do.
In other words - Oldies, done. Younger models, they'll probably end up somewhere else.
longhauler From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 4564 posts, RR: 36 Reply 7, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1666 times:
I think AAs MD-80s will be well maintained, and a "catch". However I recall a quote from (I think) Bob Crandall, about the retirement of the B727s.
He said something along the lines of : "Next time we retire a large fleet of similar types, we will just scrap them and make sure they never fly again. It is getting annoying to have to compete against your own old aircraft, flown by anyone with a few dollars together."
This may well apply here.
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