LAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 28458 posts, RR: 50
Reply 2, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 3393 times:
The MD-80 has extremely low market value and you can land one for under a $1mil these days.
According to AEI, the used airframe, a heavy airframe and engine check and the freighter conversion should come in under $6mil. If you don't need the heavy check you can get a freighter for around $4mil.
Cheap option for some airlines as long as you can work with the freight quirks of the MD-80 fuselage.
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