Jimbobjoe From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 640 posts, RR: 0 Posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 2032 times:
I've been wondering (as I do from time to time) is there anyone on this board who was around when the DC-10s were grounded (after AA 191) and can remember how the airlines coped during that time?
At least in the US, grounding of the DC-10 fleet seems to be nothing short of disastrous for a few carriers...and I can't imagine how that many passengers could have been easily rebooked onto other flights or other carriers.
OPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2022 times:
My airline didn't fly them, but from what I recall from friends at several airlines that did, it was a real mess.
CO, UA, AA, NA, and WA were the main US airlines affected (NWA's -40s had Pratts versus the GE CF-6s like the others, and I don't recall the -40s being affected), and the lack of the DC-10-10s and -30s really put the pressure on their narrowbody flights, which were then full, and people were still being left behind. I know NA ran some extra sections using 727-200s to try and accomodate some of the demand, and I'm sure the other airlines did as well. If one of those 4 airlines had 747s, I'm sure they made good use of them. The loads at DL, EA, and TW also went up, since they were flying L1011s.
Non-revving and commuting was an absolute joke, and I know several folks that were stranded at HNL that had gone there for an interline softball tournament. Any seat on any airline that was flying 747s, L1011s, 707s, DC-8s, or the DC-10-40s was usually gone.
OPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1993 times:
Quoting 2H4 (Reply 2): Just imagine the chaos that would result in the freight industry...
Today, of course, but way back in 1979, Fedex was still flying Falcons and had just started using 727s (once air cargo was deregulated in 1977). They made a 727-200 freighter buy back in the early 1980s (didn't they get the last 727 off the line in 83 or 84?) and their DC-10s came in sometime later.
OPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1957 times:
Quoting ZANL188 (Reply 4): I lived in MSP at the time and I'm quite sure NWs -40s were grounded as well, they certainly deemphasised the DC-10 in advertising.
I don't why the -40s stuck in my mind as not being affected. I found this 4-page Time magazine article back from shortly after the accident, and there's a mention on page 3 of the cracked pylon bulkheads only having shown up on -10s and not on any -30s or -40s, so maybe that's what I was recalling.