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Who Here Has Flown An MD-90?  
User currently offlineLax From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 2290 posts, RR: 3
Posted (13 years 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1869 times:

The McDonnell Douglas MD-90 twin-jet seems like almost a forgotten aircraft, huh??

Never hear very much about this pretty bird.

Love those big engines.

I would like to conduct a poll on how many of you A.Net'ers have ever flown aboard an MD-90. Or: Any pilots who have commanded the yoke of one.

(BTW....Does the MD-90 have the glass cockpit, like the Boeing 717?)

Thanks.


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User currently offlineCrank From Canada, joined May 2001, 1562 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (13 years 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1769 times:

I have never flown the 90 but its cockpit is similar to the MD-87/88 series,
MD-90:
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User currently offlineTu154m From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 683 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (13 years 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1756 times:

Flown on MD-90s from PNS-MSY and MSY-DFW. Same lopsided 3-2 seating as MD-88 only flipflopped(2-3). Why I don't know!!!! No noticable differences inside. I slept well on both!
Steve



CEOs should swim with cement flippers!
User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1748 times:

I've flown on one, Delta...CVG-DFW. Very nice aircraft, I liked it a lot. Quite powerful and also suprisingly quiet. An ex-forum member was with me...if you want to count her vote also..  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

User currently offlineA330300 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 172 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (13 years 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1740 times:

Looking forward to a ride that I can remember....ORD-SLC on DL in about a month. I was at QQ's MD-90 ceremonies and won 2 free tix to SNA. Don't remember much from back then.

User currently offlineBrick From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1589 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (13 years 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1735 times:

I flew Delta's N905DA from CVG to DFW back in June 2000. I couldn't tell the difference between the MD-80 and the MD-90 from the inside...with the exception of the safety cards.  Smile

Mark Abbott
Denver, CO



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User currently offlineRWally From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 555 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (13 years 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1733 times:

I haven't, but AAR90 used to fly them when AA had the ex-Reno MD-90s.

User currently offlineCritter592 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (13 years 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1698 times:

I flew on an AA MD90 from SAT-DFW. The Most absolutely historical flight I have been on. N901RA Was Beautiful. She was Quiet. I will never forget it. I flew on an Airtran 717 N940AT from DFW-GPT

I still do not know the reason why there was a west coast plane in San Antonio, but there was, and I enjoyed every minute of it.


User currently offlineMDCJets From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 175 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (13 years 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1689 times:

I have flown several times on AA's ex-Reno MD-90's. They were very nice aircraft. Overall, they look newer inside than the MD-80's. They are also much quieter, especially in the back. A great aircraft.

User currently offlineTEDSKI From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (13 years 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1687 times:

Why are so many MD-90s being withdrawn from service? Is it because of the engine type (IAE V2500), that it doesn't blend in with the airline's P&W JT8D powered MD-80s?

User currently offlineOscar2 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (13 years 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1676 times:

I belive the reason so many are being withdrawn from service is the fact that operating such a small fleet is not very economical. I also think the IAE engine throws is a big factor in the early retirement of these plans since their are very few of these engines in service with the exception of UA/HP who do not operate the MD90. I also think that the MD90 requires a different type ating than the MD80 but I could be wrong. If so that is additional training costs.

That is one of the reasons that you saw NW retire there MD80's late last year.


User currently offlineNiteRider30 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 150 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (13 years 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1672 times:

I flew a DL MD-90 from MCI-SLC r/t. I recall it being a very smooth flight. Very similar to the AA MD-80 I flew in from MCI-ORD-BOS r/t a few months back.

NiteRider30


User currently offlineTEDSKI From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (13 years 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1666 times:

I think Delta should transfer it's MD-90s over to Express and get rid of the old 737-200s.

User currently offlineMD-87ER From Austria, joined Aug 2001, 153 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (13 years 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1652 times:

I flew twice on MD-90. 1st on a DL DFW-DCA and the 2nd on China Eastern on a domestic flight inside China.
I will remember the MD-90 always as the quietest airplane I have ever been on (and I had a good number to compare with) It is definatly not the same as a MD-80!


User currently offlineAirblue From San Marino, joined May 2001, 1825 posts, RR: 11
Reply 14, posted (13 years 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1649 times:

I flew once on 21 september 1998 between Stockholm ARN and Oslo FBU with SK.
It was very quite noise and the layout was very roomy.


User currently offlineFinnair MD-11 From Finland, joined Dec 1999, 158 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (13 years 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1642 times:

Hello!

I have flown on Delta's N903DA on 20.10.1998 (almost three years ago...  Smile) from PHX to SLC. I liked it because it was quiet inside  Love



Finnair MD-11



MD-11
User currently offlineBoeing727 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 955 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (13 years 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1633 times:

Flew DL from CVG to DFW and it was surely a very nice flight, the aircraft is much quieter than the MD-80 series and of course much nicer from the inside...
Not bad at all...


Boeing727


User currently offlinePaulc From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1490 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (13 years 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1630 times:

Flew LHR - ARL with SAS OY-KIL and the return on LN-ROA - very quiet, loads of power on take off


English First, British Second, european Never!
User currently offlineRlwynn From Germany, joined Dec 2000, 1093 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (13 years 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1628 times:

I have flow the MD-90 many times from SNA. The MD-90 has to be the quietest plane ever made.


I can drive faster than you
User currently offlineAndyEastMids From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 1018 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (13 years 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1623 times:

I flew on China Northern MD-90 B-2100 in late August from Shenyang to Xi'an and on to Cheng'du. Shenyang seems to be home to the majority of China Northern's MD-90 fleet.


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Interestingly, B-2100 is one of only [I think] two MD-90s built by the Chinese in Shanghai before the Trunkliner program was abandoned.

So, the return question is: who here have flown an MD-90 that wasn't built in Long Beach?  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Andy


User currently offlineIronchain15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (13 years 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1621 times:

I have flown the MD-90 many times between MCI-SLC and SLC-SNA. It is a very quiet aircraft, and I enjoyed all my flights on them (about nine).

User currently offlineCF-CPI From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 1083 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (13 years 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1610 times:

TU154 mentioned the 'lopsided' galley arrangement on DL MD-90s and -88s. This is to afford a wider galley, which is on the 'captain's' side of the aircraft (so that galley service does not interfere with baggage handling in the rear compartment).

To answer the original thread, I have flown MD-90s with DL (DFW-ONT) and QQ (SJC-LAX). Nice bird, definitely a step up from the MD-80. Too bad there aren't more of them. It appeared during a bad economy and by the time things turned around, the 737NG was offered, and its range/payload performance is much better.


User currently offlineFlashmeister From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2900 posts, RR: 6
Reply 22, posted (13 years 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1599 times:
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I've flown DL's MD90s quite a bit. I really love those planes...

Very, very quiet. Nice touches like the backlit handrails. Comfortable...

The interiors are well done - the ceiling treatments look much better than the cheap, plain treatments that the MD-80s and DC-9s get.

On takeoff, there's always plenty of power, and you're really put in your seats.

Too bad they didn't make more - they're great airplanes to fly.


User currently offlineGOT From Sweden, joined Dec 2000, 1912 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (13 years 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1594 times:

Flew SK MD-90 a little more than three years ago, CPH-GOT. Can't remember so much from the flight though.

GOT



Just like birdwatching - without having to be so damned quiet!
User currently offlineMac From United States of America, joined May 2001, 293 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (13 years 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1583 times:


Looking at aircraft from purely a passenger standpoint,
some, and I can only speak for myself, feel good, comfortable and safe to be on. That is my take on the dash 80, 90 and so-on. I don't know why this is...it just is.

Now, on the other side of the coin...there are some aircraft I board...and want to de-board immediately.
Cases in point: DC-10, MD-11, and all of those little turbo-prop shuttle aircraft.

As far as just being unconfortable to fly in, I found this to be the case in 727's and 737's.

So, probably at the top of my list for just an all around good feeling, good flying airplane would be the MD-80 and 90 series.

Mac


25 2CN : I've flown on Deltas a good number of times.. I myself dont like the plane that much as I think its quite noisy-possibly even nosier then an MD80 or 8
26 Critter592 : Actually if you put the MD90 and 717 together, they would have the exact same noise level, (If 717 isn't quieter). The MD80 has almost the same, but i
27 Airplanetire : I flew a Delta MD-90 a while back from Reno to somewhere, maybe ATL. I wasn't really into planes when I flew it, so I don't remember too much about it
28 Constellation : I have, a couple of years ago. It was an SK flight CPH-HEL. Very smooth flight, a quiet plane and the (then) new seats of SAS!
29 Atlamt : oscar2 The MD88 and MD90 have the same type rating. They are just DC9's. The crews take a short class for the few differences but other than that ther
30 FBU 4EVER! : I fly both the MD-80 and MD-90 for SAS,and as Atlamt states,the typerating is the same.SAS policy is to check out pilots on the MD-90 after 1 year exp
31 Atlamt : fbu_4ever! Remember that Delta was the launch customer for the 90 many of the problems with the V2500's were worked out before SAS got there 90's.
32 N17085 : I flew on a DL one. The 717 cockpit is nice. I saw an HA one at OGG. It is clean and uncluttered.
33 Post contains images Rwy31R : even though SV has had the MD-90 for a few years now I haven't been on any flights yet... Unfortunatly it'sroutes are not what I fly usually..but I am
34 PolAir : My first flight was on MD-90!!
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