Elwood64151 From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 2477 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2189 times:
Probably for as long as DL keeps its MD-80s. They are basically the same aircraft, just re-engined and with the flight instrumentation of a more modern aircraft. And since combined there are over 100 MD-80/90s in DLs fleet, they will likely remain for another five to ten years.
Those who fail to learn history are doomed to repeat it in summer school.
Yyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16370 posts, RR: 56
Reply 2, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2136 times:
Despite some initial service reliability problems, I have read that DL is now happy with the MD-90 performance. It's only "risk" is its small fleet size (only 16 aircraft). I predict the MD-90 will be retired before the MD-88 before still not for 5-10 years.
Panam, TWA, Ansett, Eastern.......AC next? Might be good for Canada.
Gt1 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 133 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2105 times:
My understanding is the MD90 and MD88 are between 50% and 75% different, despite appearances. However, they probably will be in the fleet for some time due to the fact that they just completed their first overhaul. Also, they are very quiet, which is important for airports like Orange County.
AA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5947 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1971 times:
IF the fleet has completed it's overhaul recently, then why is only one airframe in the new paint scheme? That leads me to believe that Delta has already decided that the MD-90 won't be around long enough to repaint, OR that they are not yet sure. Have you seen the paint on those planes!? They look horrible!
Godbless From Sweden, joined Apr 2000, 2753 posts, RR: 16
Reply 6, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1950 times:
Didn't SAS want to take up the 16 DL MD-90's at a stage?
Somehow I can't imagine that DL wants to keep a fleet of 16 frames in it's fleet while they are cutting costs at every possible corner. The drastical way they are doing this at more than just one American airline shows that nothing can feel safe with the airlines at the moment.
Dalmd88 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2615 posts, RR: 14
Reply 12, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1704 times:
Yes the MD-90 as almost through with their first HMV cycle. 9215 is in right now and should be out by the end of the week. We only have one more left to overhaul and then we will go back to MD88 work. We don't paint the planes at HMV so that partially explains the old CS. My personal opinion is we will never do a second HMV on the 90 fleet. That gives them five years before they start getting rid of them.