highliner2
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August 18th-Goodbye USAirways DC-9s?

Mon Aug 13, 2001 2:20 pm

I've heard that US Airways will retire its last DC-9 on August 18th. Is that true?
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RE: August 18th-Goodbye USAirways DC-9s?

Mon Aug 13, 2001 3:22 pm

Yep- US433 from PIT-PHL I think...it may be PHL-PIT, but I remember it's in the evening.
 
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RE: August 18th-Goodbye USAirways DC-9s?

Mon Aug 13, 2001 4:19 pm

Whoa, first I've heard! Not quite as exciting as DL's last L-1011, but perhaps I'll try to be on it anyway. I just checked USAirways website, and found that it's flight 433 (as you said) from PHL-PIT, departing at 8:00 P.M. and arriving at 9:26 P.M. Beginning August 19, 2001, this flight will be (under the same flight number and departure/arrival time) a Fokker 100. Thanks A330300 for informing me of this last flight!

-Jeffrey Stricker
 
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RE: August 18th-Goodbye USAirways DC-9s?

Mon Aug 13, 2001 11:20 pm

believe it or not....
i was scheduled to be on a US DC9 on august 18th
from ROA-PIT.... i bet its next segment was PIT-PHL, and then PHL-PIT. unfortunetly i am not going to be taking that flight because i left camp early. wow i did not know this....how cool.
heres the flight info:
August 18 2001
US Airways 2181
Departing: Roanoke at 12:15 pm
Arriving: Pittsburgh at 1:16pm
DC9-30
i should have been on that flight!!!!!!!

Lou
 
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RE: August 18th-Goodbye USAirways DC-9s?

Tue Aug 14, 2001 12:46 am

My guess is that it's coming into PIT. That's where these planes are maintained. They'll strip out anything that's of value to the airline before sending it off to the west.

DAMN! DAMN! DAMN!

I'm going to be in Seattle when this last flight comes in.
 
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RE: August 18th-Goodbye USAirways DC-9s?

Tue Aug 14, 2001 4:52 am

Hmmm.... is this historic?

I mean, Delta's L10 retirement was a big deal. But was US a big customer of the DC-9? Are most of those still flying ex-PSA aircraft? If so, that would be significant. Or are they Allegheny's? Or Piedmonts? Wait... PI didn't have DC-9s.

So whose are they???

Randy
 
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RE: August 18th-Goodbye USAirways DC-9s?

Tue Aug 14, 2001 5:29 am

AA737... : To say US was a big customer of the DC9 would be a bit of an understatement. The DC9 was the backbone of the pre-merger USAir fleet. All-time high inventory was 74 DC9-30s. Aquisition of new DC9's began in the mid 60's ( when US was Allegheny Airlines ) and continued up to 1981 IIRC. ( Allegheny became USAir in 1979 ) I'm at a loss as to why A/C of that heritage would be considered any less signifigant than PSA A/C. -- The PSA contributions were but a half-dozen or so DC9'-30's and 31 MD80s...and 146's...but we're talking about DC9s here.
 
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Good Riddance

Tue Aug 14, 2001 5:40 am

I was stuck at Philadelphia last summer on a USAir DC-9 heading to Boston because of an antiquated seat belt that broke and it took them over an hour (in one of their largest hubs, no less) to find the replacement part!

Maybe that incident was the "straw that broke the camel's back" in getting US to finally get rid of them!  Smile
 
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RE: August 18th-Goodbye USAirways DC-9s?

Tue Aug 14, 2001 5:42 am

US Airways has 7 DC-9's remaining, and it looks like the flight from PHL will indeed be the last, arriving at PIT about an hour after other 9's from ROC, ERI, and CRW touch down at PIT for the last time.

The DC-9 has served over 35 years as a workhorse for Allegheny/US Air/US Airways, and this is definitely a very significant retirement. The 7 remaining DC-9's are from a group purchased by US Air new in 1980 and were among the last new 9's to come off the production line. My guess is that N928VJ will be used for the very last flight, it's the only 9 that has the new tail colors on the basic bare metal scheme. Truly a great airplane, it will definitely be missed.
 
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RE: August 18th-Goodbye USAirways DC-9s?

Tue Aug 14, 2001 6:14 am

I am scheduled to be on 2181 from ROA-PIT also, but on 8/29; originally a DC-9, now a Fokker 100.
 
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RE: August 18th-Goodbye USAirways DC-9s?

Tue Aug 14, 2001 7:27 am

To say US was a big customer of the DC9 would be a bit of an understatement

Actually, I'd counter to say it was a bit of the opposite. No one, but no one, associates the DC9 with US Airways. Sorry, but thats the sad truth.
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RE: August 18th-Goodbye USAirways DC-9s?

Tue Aug 14, 2001 7:40 am

"Actually, I'd counter to say it was a bit of the opposite. No one, but no one, associates the DC9 with US Airways. "

That's true! The 737 has always been associated with US, until quite recently of course. But, the 9 has been a more than significant piece of the fleet for quite a while.

So, here's a question: what airline do you associate the 9 with? NW? SK?

Another question - is NW getting the ex-US 9's? I thought I heard rumor of that previously.
 
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RE: August 18th-Goodbye USAirways DC-9s?

Tue Aug 14, 2001 7:46 am




I wouldnt be surprised.



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RE: August 18th-Goodbye USAirways DC-9s?

Tue Aug 14, 2001 8:53 am

I am going to try to see the last DC9 out of ERI take off on the 18th. I live in Erie,  Smile
 
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RE: August 18th-Goodbye USAirways DC-9s?

Tue Aug 14, 2001 9:17 am

"No one but, but no one associates the DC9 with USAir...." Spoken like a true early 20-something Gen X-er. There was a USAir before the merger with Piedmont, let alone USAirways. USAir was one of the first US carriers to get 737-300's...but Piedmont had more 737's than US. I was there.
 
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RE: August 18th-Goodbye USAirways DC-9s?

Tue Aug 14, 2001 10:37 am

Actually, I will ALWAYS associate the DC9 with USAirways/USAir/Allegheny/etc. Along with the 111 it was the backbone of their fleet throughout the seventies and mid eighties. The 737 era did not really take hold until the Piedmont merger. US operated only 23 737-200's and somewhat less than 50 of the 300's at the time of the merger. The original USAir 737 order was for 23 200's, no options and 15/15 for the 300, later upped to 50. The remainder of the huge 737 fleet came from Piedmont.

I was in the hanger the night the first aircraft received the USAir titles after the name change from Allegheny. That aircraft was a DC9. I no longer remember for certain the registration but I think it was either 948, 953 or 958. The only airline I identify more closely with the DC9 is Eastern. In spite of the huge fleet flown by Northwest, I really dont associate them with the DC9. I still associate those aircraft with the predessor companies, Republic/Southern/North Central/Airwest. To this day most of the fleet still carries the original registrations of those companies.
 
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RE: August 18th-Goodbye USAirways DC-9s?

Tue Aug 14, 2001 11:45 am

I always associate the nine with TWA.