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DL MD-90 Future?  
User currently offline717fan From Switzerland, joined Nov 2001, 2017 posts, RR: 6
Posted (11 years 10 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2168 times:

What will happen with DL's MD-90's. I am a little bit surprised that they're still in the fleet. But for how long?

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User currently offlineElwood64151 From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 2477 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (11 years 10 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2102 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.
User currently offlineYyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16248 posts, RR: 56
Reply 2, posted (11 years 10 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2049 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.
User currently offlineGt1 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 133 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 10 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2018 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.

User currently offlineLindy field From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 3118 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (11 years 10 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1913 times:
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It will be interesting to see whether or Delta will retire all its 737-200s and -300s before the MD-90s. The 727s are nearly gone and the MD-11s are next!

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User currently offlineAA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5774 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (11 years 10 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1884 times:

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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!


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take a look at the stripe/cheatline!

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User currently offlineGodbless From Sweden, joined Apr 2000, 2752 posts, RR: 16
Reply 6, posted (11 years 10 months 4 days ago) and read 1863 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.

Max


User currently offlineMikkel777 From Norway, joined Oct 2002, 370 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (11 years 10 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1793 times:

I think SAS was looking for some MD-90's, but I don't see that coming now, because they are planning to ground 40 aircraft. Anyway, I'd love to see more of the MD-90, sure a nice plane.

User currently offlineLymanm From Canada, joined Jan 2001, 1138 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (11 years 10 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1784 times:

"My understanding is the MD90 and MD88 are between 50% and 75% different"

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe they have a common type rating...



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User currently offlineAATripleseven From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 324 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (11 years 10 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1755 times:

I agree with AA737. If Delta was planning on keeping them for longer, why aren't they being repainted at the same speed as the MD88s?

Also, why did they place such a small order for them? Sixteen seems like a strange number to me.

AATripleseven


User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (11 years 10 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1752 times:

why did they place such a small order for them?

IIRC, Delta had a huge MD90 order initially set up, but later cancelled and converted it to other models. I'm sure someone else has the details.


User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (11 years 10 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1737 times:

Yes, orginally the MD-90 was to be Delta's 727 replacement.

User currently offlineDalmd88 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2545 posts, RR: 14
Reply 12, posted (11 years 10 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1617 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.

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