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MD-88 Interior Differences Vs. MD-82?  
User currently online1337Delta764 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6474 posts, RR: 2
Posted (1 year 5 months 5 days ago) and read 4180 times:

I have read several sources that one thing that differed the MD-88 from the MD-82 was an updated interior. However, the only difference I have ever noticed (other than the overhead bin and PSU mods that DL has made to their MD-88s during the 2000s) is that the MD-88 (at least on DL's) has lavatory signs above the aisles every several rows. The rest of the interior doesn't look any different from the MD-82.

Apparently based on my personal observations, a new interior didn't come out until the MD-90. Has anyone ever noticed any differences between the MD-82 and MD-88 interiors?


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User currently offline113312 From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 571 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (1 year 5 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3999 times:

Did you notice that the DL MD-88 had three seats on the left and two on the right side? Just opposit every other DC-9 version.

User currently online1337Delta764 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6474 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (1 year 5 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3990 times:

Quoting 113312 (Reply 1):
Did you notice that the DL MD-88 had three seats on the left and two on the right side? Just opposit every other DC-9 version.

That's a specific DL modification, and is not inherent to the MD-88.



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User currently offlineDL_Mech From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 1936 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (1 year 5 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3934 times:

Aside from a different laminate covering on the ceiling panels on early airplanes (perforated), DL MD-82 and MD-88 interiors were identical. Several airplanes had the life raft compartments in the ceilings removed years ago.


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User currently offlineasqx From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 615 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (1 year 5 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3741 times:

Quoting 113312 (Reply 1):
Did you notice that the DL MD-88 had three seats on the left and two on the right side?

So did Alaska's MD-82s and MD-83s. It was a customer option based on weather the airline opted to have the wider galley installed at the L2 door. Both Alaska and Delta chose this option hence the 3x2 seating, and possibly a few others but they are the only ones I have been on with the 3 seats on the left side.


User currently offlineL1011 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1673 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (1 year 5 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3716 times:
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I also noticed that the MD-88 has one missing window on the port side, while the MD-81/82/83 doesn't. Also, Delta's MD-90s have the missing window, but I saw an MD-90 that Delta got from another airline, and it didn't have the missing window.

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User currently offlineL1011 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1673 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (1 year 5 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3716 times:
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I also noticed that the MD-88 has one missing window on the port side, while the MD-81/82/83 doesn't. Also, Delta's MD-90s have the missing window, but I saw an MD-90 that Delta got from another airline, and it didn't have the missing window.

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User currently offlineL1011 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1673 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (1 year 5 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 3698 times:
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Please delete my double post. It happened because the first time I tried to post it, nothing happened, so I tried again, and it posted twice. I read through Posting Help and I couldn't find a way to delete it myself. Sorry.

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User currently offlineDL_Mech From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 1936 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (1 year 5 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3674 times:

Quoting L1011 (Reply 5):
I also noticed that the MD-88 has one missing window on the port side, while the MD-81/82/83 doesn't. Also, Delta's MD-90s have the missing window, but I saw an MD-90 that Delta got from another airline, and it didn't have the missing window.

The missing window covers up a duct used for ground hookup air conditioning mounted on the left side of the fuselage. It is a factory option taken by DL. Other carriers hookup near the airstairs in the tail.



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User currently offlineTrijetsRMissed From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 2345 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (1 year 4 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 3317 times:

MDC advertised that the MD-88 had a wider aisle than earlier MD-80 variants.

Quoting DL_Mech (Reply 8):

Which row is this for the MD-88 and MD-90?



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User currently offlineDL_Mech From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 1936 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3194 times:

Quoting TrijetsRMissed (Reply 9):
MDC advertised that the MD-88 had a wider aisle than earlier MD-80 variants

Narrower seats = Wider Aisle! Marketing genius at its best........

Quoting TrijetsRMissed (Reply 9):
Which row is this for the MD-88 and MD-90?

That would be good info for SeatGuru, but I've given up trying to send them corrections. Honestly, I don't know off the top of my head.



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User currently onlineKingAir200 From United States of America, joined May 2006, 1611 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3085 times:

Quoting TrijetsRMissed (Reply 9):
Which row is this for the MD-88 and MD-90?

12, as I recall. The secondhand 90s don't have the forward PC air point, thus no missing window.



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User currently offlineTrijetsRMissed From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 2345 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 3008 times:

Quoting KingAir200 (Reply 11):

Thanks, I can never remember... In addition to the 3x2, it's why I always book starboard.  



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User currently offlineflyboy80 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1878 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2807 times:

I work on the 90/88 all the time, and I do notice the 88 has a wider aisle! However, I believe their seats are similar...so It doesn't make much sense?

How about the 717- aren't the cabins significantly "better" than their predecessors?


User currently online1337Delta764 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6474 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2792 times:

Quoting flyboy80 (Reply 13):
How about the 717- aren't the cabins significantly "better" than their predecessors?

Yep, the 717 had the largest overhead bins of any narrowbody aircraft (in terms of usable space) up until the Sky Interior 737.



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User currently onlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25117 posts, RR: 22
Reply 15, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2774 times:

Quoting 1337Delta764 (Reply 14):
Quoting flyboy80 (Reply 13):
How about the 717- aren't the cabins significantly "better" than their predecessors?

Yep, the 717 had the largest overhead bins of any narrowbody aircraft (in terms of usable space) up until the Sky Interior 737.

Do you have a source for that information?


User currently online1337Delta764 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6474 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2746 times:

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 15):
Do you have a source for that information?

Well, I remember reading AirTran ads stating the 717 overhead bins were as large as those on a 747. I know they are larger than the original 737NG and A320 bins (I actually flew on a US A321 with the old style interior and our rollaboard wouldn't fit wheels first).



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User currently offlineFlyASAGuy2005 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 7004 posts, RR: 11
Reply 17, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2588 times:

Quoting DL_Mech (Reply 8):
The missing window covers up a duct used for ground hookup air conditioning mounted on the left side of the fuselage. It is a factory option taken by DL. Other carriers hookup near the airstairs in the tail.

A very nifty option at that! So much easier to hook up the PC air. There's a reason why the DC9s and non-Delta original MD90s almost never get air... Because of the location of the PC air hook-up. It requires a ground-reel hose extension because the hoses on the jetway are not long enough.



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User currently offlineTrijetsRMissed From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 2345 posts, RR: 7
Reply 18, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 2565 times:

Quoting flyboy80 (Reply 13):
How about the 717- aren't the cabins significantly "better" than their predecessors?

The 717 did have a number of improvements, including: Wider passenger windows, backlit handrails and reverse bell-curve ceiling for indirect lighting, wider/deeper overhead bins, and wiring for drop-down LCDs, if optioned.

But perhaps what separates the 717 from it's NB contemporaries are the improved pressurization and air conditioning systems.

Quoting 1337Delta764 (Reply 16):
Well, I remember reading AirTran ads stating the 717 overhead bins were as large as those on a 747.

       You are correct. I dusted off an old 2000 Boeing memo, and and to quote: "Inside the passenger cabin, overhead bins are as large as those found on 747s."



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User currently online1337Delta764 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6474 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2518 times:

Quoting TrijetsRMissed (Reply 18):
The 717 did have a number of improvements, including: Wider passenger windows, backlit handrails and reverse bell-curve ceiling for indirect lighting, wider/deeper overhead bins, and wiring for drop-down LCDs, if optioned.

The MD-90 also included backlit handrails, however, DL has removed them ever since the overhead bin extensions were installed.



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User currently offlineTrijetsRMissed From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 2345 posts, RR: 7
Reply 20, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2495 times:

Quoting 1337Delta764 (Reply 19):
The MD-90 also included backlit handrails,

I know; and the wiring for drop-down LCDs for that matter. I was comparing the 717 mainly to the DC-9 and MD-87 or F100/732s it was designed to replace.



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