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Status Of N636DL?  
User currently offlinebhmdiversion From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 458 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 7372 times:

Sorry if this was discussed before... I was jumpseating to ORD on Monday this week and saw at the TOC in ATL N636DL with its tail painted over and Delta removed from the aircraft. Is this aircraft being retired or returned? Thanks in advance.

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User currently onlinebohica From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2688 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 7311 times:

According to Planespotters.net, 636DL is 25 years old and many of DL's 757's delivered around 1988 have been recently stored. I am guessing 636DL is in the process of being stored as well.

User currently offlinedalmd88 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2540 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 6946 times:

Going back to lessor. The leasing company is going to fly it somewhere and chop it up. We are buying the engines back from them.

User currently onlineB757forever From United States of America, joined May 2010, 400 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 6631 times:

Ships 637 and 638 are not far behind. Sadly, they will suffer the same fate.

User currently offlineSXDFC From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 2307 posts, RR: 21
Reply 4, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 6426 times:

Quoting B757forever (Reply 3):
638

Wasn't she the first A/C to wear the new colors? From what I understand she sports winglets as well.. Isn't that an expensive mod to throw away?



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User currently offlinen7371f From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 1715 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 6299 times:
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FedEx is probably buying them from the lessor  

User currently offlinedalmd88 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2540 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 6134 times:

Quoting n7371f (Reply 5):
FedEx is probably buying them from the lessor

Not these airframes. All are due for HMV. They are all also getting close to their lifetime cycle limits I think, so doing an HMV makes no sense.


User currently offlinebmibaby737 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 1803 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 6085 times:

Quoting n7371f (Reply 5):
FedEx is probably buying them from the lessor  

**If** they did, it would only be for scrapping/spare parts.


User currently onlineDeltal1011man From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 9321 posts, RR: 14
Reply 8, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 6033 times:

Quoting bhmdiversion (Thread starter):

going to end up as beer cans. Sadly.

Quoting n7371f (Reply 5):
FedEx is probably buying them from the lessor  

unlikely. If they did it would be a parts plane only.

as 88 said Delta is buying the PW2000s from the leasing company, wouldn't be shocked to see other parts end up back at Delta.
You won't be seeing to many DL 57s going to FX. They are parking them as they hit cycle limits.

Quoting SXDFC (Reply 4):
Wasn't she the first A/C to wear the new colors? From what I understand she sports winglets as well.. Isn't that an expensive mod to throw away?

Yes that is Jerry's Plane. Also has AVOD. (and as you said winglets.)

636/637 are non-winglet/non-AVOD birds.



yep.
User currently offlineDL_Mech From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 1936 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 6001 times:

All these planes have around 80,000 Hours / 38,000 Cycles. FX took three DL 757s with similar hours/cycles only a few years ago (N990FD-N992FD). I wonder what had changed?

[Edited 2013-04-04 04:37:07]


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User currently offlinen471wn From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1526 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 5784 times:
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Quoting DL_Mech (Reply 9):
FX took three DL 757s with similar hours/cycles only a few years ago (N990FD-N992FD). I wonder what had changed?

What changed was many more 757's available with lower hours and cycles!!


User currently offlineakelley728 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 2191 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 5724 times:

Quoting SXDFC (Reply 4):
From what I understand she sports winglets as well.. Isn't that an expensive mod to throw away?
Quoting Deltal1011man (Reply 8):
Also has AVOD. (and as you said winglets.)

Can the winglets be taken off and reused on a non-winglet bird?

Quoting DL_Mech (Reply 9):
FX took three DL 757s with similar hours/cycles only a few years ago (N990FD-N992FD). I wonder what had changed?

The owner of those birds perhaps? Perhaps the owner of N636DL-N638DL found it more profitable to scrap them vs. the original owner of N990FD-N992FD selling them to FX.


User currently offlineFlyASAGuy2005 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 7004 posts, RR: 11
Reply 12, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 5538 times:

Quoting akelley728 (Reply 11):
Can the winglets be taken off and reused on a non-winglet bird?

My understanding is no.

As for the AVOD, I wonder if they'll transplant the seats/system to another 757 because this will bring the fleet count of the 75Xs to 47 and there are quite a few "older" 75Xs flying around.



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User currently onlineDeltal1011man From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 9321 posts, RR: 14
Reply 13, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 5445 times:

Quoting FlyASAGuy2005 (Reply 12):

As for the AVOD, I wonder if they'll transplant the seats/system to another 757 because this will bring the fleet count of the 75Xs to 47 and there are quite a few "older" 75Xs flying around.

no telling. I haven't heard it but it seems hard to believe the system will just get scraped.

Quoting FlyASAGuy2005 (Reply 12):
My understanding is no.

I don't know. I would think that in theory they could? It would just take another 757 getting the required work to be able to support winglets plus the work to get them off. I would think cost would be the issue.



yep.
User currently onlineB757forever From United States of America, joined May 2010, 400 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 5381 times:

Quoting akelley728 (Reply 11):
Can the winglets be taken off and reused on a non-winglet bird?

No. The removable winglet itself may find a new home replacing a damaged unit on a wingleted bird. All the structure added inside the wing / fuel tanks that supports the winglet goes to the scrapper.


User currently offlineFlyASAGuy2005 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 7004 posts, RR: 11
Reply 15, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 5034 times:

Quoting B757forever (Reply 14):
No. The removable winglet itself may find a new home replacing a damaged unit on a wingleted bird. All the structure added inside the wing / fuel tanks that supports the winglet goes to the scrapper.

So basically the winglet itself can be removed but to put it on another DL 757 they would have to get all the support work done as well.

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Just from looking at my sources 625, 626, 628, 636, 653, 657, 5526, and 5527 will be returned as well. No word on what the lessors will do with them though. Also, ship 124 (76Q) will go back to the bank. The other domestic 767s in storage are safe - for now.



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User currently offlineFlyAA757 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1009 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 4962 times:

Quoting FlyASAGuy2005 (Reply 15):
Also, ship 124 (76Q) will go back to the bank

I thought 124 was parked already? Flew 121 a few weeks ago - looked great inside and out!


User currently offlineFlyASAGuy2005 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 7004 posts, RR: 11
Reply 17, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 4775 times:

Quoting FlyAA757 (Reply 16):
I thought 124 was parked already? Flew 121 a few weeks ago - looked great inside and out!

It is parked along with a couple others but this is the only one that will be going back to its lessor this year.



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User currently offlineTrijetsRMissed From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 2345 posts, RR: 7
Reply 18, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 4311 times:

Quoting dalmd88 (Reply 6):
Not these airframes. All are due for HMV. They are all also getting close to their lifetime cycle limits I think, so doing an HMV makes no sense.

As a side note to DL's fleet, the oldest MD-88s are getting very close to the original certified cycle limits. It would appear the life extension program is being applied to the MD-88, but sadly, not the 752.



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User currently offlineCoronado From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1174 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 4260 times:
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Remarkable capacity discipline by Delta at choosing to retire 757 a/c before the higher demand summer season rather than stretch them out for another 6 months, assuming this is even possible unless they are coming up on hard HMV dates. When will the first 737-900's be on property?


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User currently offlinedlramp4life From United States of America, joined Jun 2011, 928 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 4204 times:

Quoting Coronado (Reply 19):
When will the first 737-900's be on property?

November I think. So this summer season should be interesting..



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User currently offlineFlyASAGuy2005 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 7004 posts, RR: 11
Reply 21, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 4148 times:

Quoting Coronado (Reply 19):
Remarkable capacity discipline by Delta at choosing to retire 757 a/c before the higher demand summer season rather than stretch them out for another 6 months, assuming this is even possible unless they are coming up on hard HMV dates. When will the first 737-900's be on property?

All frames I listed are already in storage although most won't be going back until Q4'13.



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User currently onlineB757forever From United States of America, joined May 2010, 400 posts, RR: 3
Reply 22, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3966 times:

Quoting Coronado (Reply 19):
unless they are coming up on hard HMV dates.

Hard HMV dates. Ship 636 ran out about 10 days ago. Ships 637 and 638 run out in the next 3 months.


User currently offlinen7371f From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 1715 posts, RR: 12
Reply 23, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3452 times:
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Quoting FlyASAGuy2005 (Reply 15):
Just from looking at my sources 625, 626, 628, 636, 653, 657, 5526, and 5527 will be returned as well.

All been parked at Marana for some time. 5526 got parked in NWA colors with the NW interior; 5527 got repainted and the DL interior refresh.

Quoting FlyAA757 (Reply 16):
I thought 124 was parked already?

124 got parked in September

Quoting FlyASAGuy2005 (Reply 12):
As for the AVOD, I wonder if they'll transplant the seats/system to another 757 because this will bring the fleet count of the 75Xs to 47 and there are quite a few "older" 75Xs flying around.

The Panasonic/Dish system is such a POS not sure it's worth the effort to transfer over the system to another 757. Plus you'd have the issue of installing 75X seats into the factory delivered configured 757's which have a different layout (24 vs 26 in first) including the 2L galley. Not sure it's an issue but unless DL were to redo a 757 into a 75X, you'd have one bird with TV but a F24Y159 layout.

When DL parked the 76Q's it used the seats and screens to go into the first batch of international 767's with TV's at every seat.


User currently onlineB757forever From United States of America, joined May 2010, 400 posts, RR: 3
Reply 24, posted (1 year 4 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3031 times:

Here is ship 636 leaving the TOC for the last time, on it's way to the scrapper. Flt 9931 4-19-2013.


25 Post contains links DL_Mech : http://flightaware.com/live/flight/DAL9931 I assume that since this a/c was past due on HMV, a ferry permit was needed for this flight. Sad to see a 7
26 7BOEING7 : As Captain on her first flight out of RNT in February of 1988 it make me feel a little older.
27 B757forever : Surprisingly ships 124 and 126 are undergoing HMV now and will be back in service by summer.
28 FlyASAGuy2005 : Are you sure 124 isn't being prepped for the lessor? It may be in the contract. It's slated to be returned to the finance company this year. 126 howe
29 Deltal1011man : huh? I have never had a problem with it. (at least nothing a simple re-boot didn't fix) and I would rather have that than getting the fun of looking
30 dlramp4life : Ship 636 used to make the rounds into PHX alot, I always had to ride brakes on her when we had to tow it over to remote. Said it before and I will say
31 WESTERN737800 : That's just sad to see a good workhorse like that leave the fleet.
32 737tdi : As a very long time aviation/maintenance guy I don't understand why you would need or want to scrap an aircraft with such low cycles??? Hours mean ver
33 Deltal1011man : you part it out because that is what makes the most money. I'm sure the owner shopped the aircraft around and couldn't get a better price to keep it
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