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User currently offlineRick From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 129 posts, RR: 0
Posted (16 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1369 times:

There has been a lot of negative talk so far about the state of affairs with the NW fleet, particularly the DC-9's. I think it has been a gang up affair against NW and that probably is not fair. But my question is: When NorthWest accquired Republic in the early eighties, they inherited a lot of MD super 9's (MD 80's). According to an earlier post here, they have gotten rid of all of those 80's. I have also noticed that I have not seen them flying at my favorite airport where I go to plane watch. I do not understand why they would get rid of the newer planes and keep the much older ones, spending tons of money rebuilding them. It seems it would have been more economical to keep the MD 80's. and get rid of as many old DC 9's as they could. Can any one shed light on why they went that route? That is, if the earlier post was correct.

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User currently offlineIainhol From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (16 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1272 times:

I was speaking to an A320 capt. for north west and he claims that they are not looking as bad as they used to as NW are doing work to make them look better but they are being replaced with the A320/319 and maybe some 18's.

User currently offlineGod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (16 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1271 times:

The -9's and 10's far outnumber the numbers of 319/320 in the fleet and hopefully it'll stay that way. I'd rather see NW resurrect the Convair CV 990 before the A318 is pressed into service.

Sorry Airbus fans, the -9's are here to stay and that means no 318's for the near future.

User currently offlineSteveT From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 44 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (16 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1257 times:

There were only about 8 MD-80's in Republics fleet at the time of the merger, and they were bigger than the DC-9's. They were sold off for fleet commonality reasons. There weren't enough of them.

User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 31
Reply 4, posted (16 years 5 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 1242 times:

It appears that Northwest still has 5 of the MD-80's left, but that they are in storage at that old desert boneyard known as Mojave.

Tom in NO

"The criminal ineptitude makes you furious"-Bruce Springsteen, after seeing firsthand the damage from Hurricane Katrina
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