717fan From Switzerland, joined Nov 2001, 2017 posts, RR: 7 Posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1329 times:
Will SAS add more MD-90's to its fleet? Once they had planned something like this, I think. IMO this would be a logical step: They can replace older MD-80's with MD-90's who are waiting in the desert and who might be very cheap...
What do you think?
Voodoo From Niue, joined Mar 2001, 2009 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1320 times:
I had thought they were in fact, trying to dispose of them.
A321s are arriving......
Hence, no MD-90s have been painted in the new livery.
Correct me if wrong.
I would certainly like to see at least one in the new livery!
Rwy31R From Saudi Arabia, joined Aug 2001, 452 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1313 times:
Unfortunatlly MD-90's are very un-popular. Airlines who own it (eg. SV) are not happy with it. SAS went with 737NG (competitor to the MD-90) as well as A321. I don't see them aqiuring more MD-90, even with thier cheap price tag.
Ndebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2897 posts, RR: 24 Reply 3, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1304 times:
It's true, I never heard of SAS planning to add additional MD-90s. But on the other hand, I never heard of SAS planning to retire their present MD-90 fleet. The fact that no MD-90 has been painted in the new livery yet has been discussed on this forum a few weeks ago: SAS seems to repaint their aircraft only after heavy maintenance, and the MD-90s obviously have not yet been due for that. You can see a few MD-80s as well in the old livery.
Btw, are there really large numbers of MD-90s parked in the desert? I can't think of any airline that retired more than maybe one or two MD-90s. What airlines/aircraft are you talking about?
Sk945 From Sweden, joined May 2002, 432 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1287 times:
I got some news (not sure if they will be correct) but the first MD90 (SE-DMH) will go for repaint on July the 6th. 3 more MD90 are scheduled for repaint during July this year. But we have to wait to see if this will be correct.
LMP737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1278 times:
The day's of the MD-90 in service are numbered. Delta is planing to dispose of there's by 2005 if I'm not mistaken. The ex-Reno MD-90's that AA returned to Boeing last year are still siting in the desert the last I heard. If you go to Boeing's web site and look up aircraft for lease there still listed. If SAS wanted more of them they could get them quickly. But I don't think they will.
In fact when I worked in Long Beach for Boeing there was a letter from SAS posted stating how disappointed they were with the aircraft.
Rwy31R said they are unpopular with the airlines that have them. This is very true, I know from experience. The main problem with it is the VSCF electrical system. It looked good in paper, but in service it's a pain.
TR From UK - England, joined May 2001, 953 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1146 times:
As far as I´ve heard SAS has not given up the idea of purchasing additional - obviously second hand - MD-90s as replacement for the MD-87 fleet (as well as older MD-81, -82 and -83s). However not many aircraft are available for sale or lease. The ex-QQ/AA machines was to my knowledge not taken up due to price. However there might be something on the lack of cockpit commonality as well. Anyway I personally like the MD-90s very much as they offer a very, very silent cabin environment.
Rwy31R From Saudi Arabia, joined Aug 2001, 452 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1056 times:
Well speaking for SV, I know that pilots are not happy with the flight systems offered on the MD-90 (specially after knowing that they were so close from flying 737NG). SV are not pleased with MD-90 capabilities on landing at many Saudi airports. I have heared that Boeing has discussed 717 and/or 736 as replacements for all or some of the 29 in service with SV. Personally I don't see that happening.