Yukon880 From United States of America, joined Sep 2011, 136 posts, RR: 2 Reply 1, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3720 times:
I would really like to be as positive about this as I can but I remain baffled by the news that Everts should be among the first operators of the newly converted type. While they do have DC-9 (therefore-jet) experience, they have not logged much time in the type and now, to go to something even larger, with even more questionable suitability in the "Alaska" environment???
Then again, perhaps this is more a "branching-out" measure. Something akin to the kind of service operated by NAC, in the Lower 48.
atpcliff From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 171 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 3054 times:
I was operating DC-9Fs in Africa, and our head pilot said that the MD80 freighter conversions were going to be brilliant aircraft for short haul work: WAY better than DC-9s and a lot better than 737s. There are about 80 MDs from Alitalia in S. Africa, and LOTS of them will be converted to freighters.
TRY. It's all you have control over, and it's what God wants.
B757forever From United States of America, joined May 2010, 352 posts, RR: 2 Reply 4, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 2752 times:
This could really help Everts to grow their jet operation on the cheap. Yes the conversion is pricey, but acquisition cost on MD80 aircraft is low and operating costs could be greatly minimized by using the same strategy as Allegiant; using the seemingly endless supply of low time / continued time engines and components from retired MD80s.