Woodsboy From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 1023 posts, RR: 3 Reply 3, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 705 times:
Where does this come from??? Delta's MD-11s going to UPS? Maybe someone should tell Delta that their MD-11s have been sold to UPS! They have a phase out plan that will go from about 2007-2011, so expect see MD-11s for another 9 years.
They still have all the MD-11s that were delivered to them, all 15 are still in service. N801DE-N815DE. The MD-11 is Delta's major longest haul equipment, they outrange the 767-300, far outrange the 767-400 and are about equal to DLs 777s of which there are only 7 in the fleet and one as of yet undelivered. They arent ordering any more either so the MD-11 will remain in greater numbers. DLs MD-11s that were delivered early and didnt meet range expectations were modified up to the standard of later MD-11s that have a range of 7,400 nm. Their 763s have a range of 6500 nm and the 764s have a range of 6400 nm. 777s have a range of about 8000 nm.
DeltaBoy777 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 411 posts, RR: 1 Reply 5, posted (12 years 4 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 666 times:
What do you mean the phasing out period is 9 years later?? They are starting the phasing out period in 2005-2007. No way they will be aroind that long. And I have heard that FedEx will buy most of them.
No Offense though!!
Seagull From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 340 posts, RR: 1 Reply 7, posted (12 years 4 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 664 times:
Well, rumor was that they are "earmarked" for UPS as part of their options, but they may or may not go there, as Boeing's commitment is only to provide the aircaft should UPS exercise the options, and is not committed as to where they'd come from.
I would expect the DL aircraft to be converted to freighters for someone, though! One issue with those is that DL paid extra to have theirs configured in a somewhat bizarre way (radar display, TCAS, etc), and it will take almost as much to undo that for anybody who might want to purchase them.