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August 18th-Goodbye USAirways DC-9s?  
User currently offlineHighliner2 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 696 posts, RR: 2
Posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 1081 times:

I've heard that US Airways will retire its last DC-9 on August 18th. Is that true?


Go Cubs!
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User currently offlineA330300 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 172 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1026 times:

Yep- US433 from PIT-PHL I think...it may be PHL-PIT, but I remember it's in the evening.

User currently offlineStrickerje From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 723 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1017 times:

Whoa, first I've heard! Not quite as exciting as DL's last L-1011, but perhaps I'll try to be on it anyway. I just checked USAirways website, and found that it's flight 433 (as you said) from PHL-PIT, departing at 8:00 P.M. and arriving at 9:26 P.M. Beginning August 19, 2001, this flight will be (under the same flight number and departure/arrival time) a Fokker 100. Thanks A330300 for informing me of this last flight!

-Jeffrey Stricker


User currently offlineIenjoyplanes2 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 977 times:

believe it or not....
i was scheduled to be on a US DC9 on august 18th
from ROA-PIT.... i bet its next segment was PIT-PHL, and then PHL-PIT. unfortunetly i am not going to be taking that flight because i left camp early. wow i did not know this....how cool.
heres the flight info:
August 18 2001
US Airways 2181
Departing: Roanoke at 12:15 pm
Arriving: Pittsburgh at 1:16pm
DC9-30
i should have been on that flight!!!!!!!

Lou


User currently offlineHypermike From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1001 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 960 times:

My guess is that it's coming into PIT. That's where these planes are maintained. They'll strip out anything that's of value to the airline before sending it off to the west.

DAMN! DAMN! DAMN!

I'm going to be in Seattle when this last flight comes in.


User currently offlineAA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5873 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 926 times:

Hmmm.... is this historic?

I mean, Delta's L10 retirement was a big deal. But was US a big customer of the DC-9? Are most of those still flying ex-PSA aircraft? If so, that would be significant. Or are they Allegheny's? Or Piedmonts? Wait... PI didn't have DC-9s.

So whose are they???

Randy


User currently offlineNKP S2 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1714 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 914 times:

AA737... : To say US was a big customer of the DC9 would be a bit of an understatement. The DC9 was the backbone of the pre-merger USAir fleet. All-time high inventory was 74 DC9-30s. Aquisition of new DC9's began in the mid 60's ( when US was Allegheny Airlines ) and continued up to 1981 IIRC. ( Allegheny became USAir in 1979 ) I'm at a loss as to why A/C of that heritage would be considered any less signifigant than PSA A/C. -- The PSA contributions were but a half-dozen or so DC9'-30's and 31 MD80s...and 146's...but we're talking about DC9s here.

User currently offlineAerLingus A330 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 912 times:

I was stuck at Philadelphia last summer on a USAir DC-9 heading to Boston because of an antiquated seat belt that broke and it took them over an hour (in one of their largest hubs, no less) to find the replacement part!

Maybe that incident was the "straw that broke the camel's back" in getting US to finally get rid of them!  Smile


User currently offlineN2111J From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 148 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 908 times:

US Airways has 7 DC-9's remaining, and it looks like the flight from PHL will indeed be the last, arriving at PIT about an hour after other 9's from ROC, ERI, and CRW touch down at PIT for the last time.

The DC-9 has served over 35 years as a workhorse for Allegheny/US Air/US Airways, and this is definitely a very significant retirement. The 7 remaining DC-9's are from a group purchased by US Air new in 1980 and were among the last new 9's to come off the production line. My guess is that N928VJ will be used for the very last flight, it's the only 9 that has the new tail colors on the basic bare metal scheme. Truly a great airplane, it will definitely be missed.


User currently offlineA330300 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 172 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 896 times:

I am scheduled to be on 2181 from ROA-PIT also, but on 8/29; originally a DC-9, now a Fokker 100.

User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 890 times:

To say US was a big customer of the DC9 would be a bit of an understatement

Actually, I'd counter to say it was a bit of the opposite. No one, but no one, associates the DC9 with US Airways. Sorry, but thats the sad truth.


User currently offlineD L X From United States of America, joined May 1999, 11418 posts, RR: 52
Reply 11, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 882 times:

"Actually, I'd counter to say it was a bit of the opposite. No one, but no one, associates the DC9 with US Airways. "

That's true! The 737 has always been associated with US, until quite recently of course. But, the 9 has been a more than significant piece of the fleet for quite a while.

So, here's a question: what airline do you associate the 9 with? NW? SK?

Another question - is NW getting the ex-US 9's? I thought I heard rumor of that previously.



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User currently offlineL.1011 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 2209 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 886 times:




I wouldnt be surprised.



 Sad


User currently offlineUsa_boeing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 871 times:

I am going to try to see the last DC9 out of ERI take off on the 18th. I live in Erie,  Smile

User currently offlineNKP S2 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1714 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 856 times:

"No one but, but no one associates the DC9 with USAir...." Spoken like a true early 20-something Gen X-er. There was a USAir before the merger with Piedmont, let alone USAirways. USAir was one of the first US carriers to get 737-300's...but Piedmont had more 737's than US. I was there.

User currently offlineFlaps From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 1284 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 839 times:

Actually, I will ALWAYS associate the DC9 with USAirways/USAir/Allegheny/etc. Along with the 111 it was the backbone of their fleet throughout the seventies and mid eighties. The 737 era did not really take hold until the Piedmont merger. US operated only 23 737-200's and somewhat less than 50 of the 300's at the time of the merger. The original USAir 737 order was for 23 200's, no options and 15/15 for the 300, later upped to 50. The remainder of the huge 737 fleet came from Piedmont.

I was in the hanger the night the first aircraft received the USAir titles after the name change from Allegheny. That aircraft was a DC9. I no longer remember for certain the registration but I think it was either 948, 953 or 958. The only airline I identify more closely with the DC9 is Eastern. In spite of the huge fleet flown by Northwest, I really dont associate them with the DC9. I still associate those aircraft with the predessor companies, Republic/Southern/North Central/Airwest. To this day most of the fleet still carries the original registrations of those companies.


User currently offlineHypermike From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1001 posts, RR: 5
Reply 16, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 828 times:

I always associate the nine with TWA.

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