Well, while I love DC-9s a whole lot, I really think they need to do something quickly. With an economic downturn, and outrageous labor costs.... and fuel... they need something efficient. They don't have ANYthing efficient in their fleet, as far as I am concerned. The best thing would be the MD-88, which was efficient ten years ago, but not so much now, compared to other alternatives, right?
So, let's get on with the 717 deal and order some!
Also, having flown all three generations of the DC-9 (original -10s and -30s, middle -80s, and new -95s) I can say that the 717/MD95 is so much nicer than its elder brothers. Quiet. Good interior. Effective lavs.
We already know that the 717 is my fav. and that I think all airlines should fly them, but I think it's a perfect time for MidEx to jump, rather than ponder.