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Remaining Years Of DC-9's And MD-80's...

Thu Dec 26, 2002 2:20 pm

How much longer do ya'll think that the DC-9's and MD-80's series jets will still be in service? Some airlines say that they'll use their Douglas DC-9's and MD-80's for atleast another 20 years, others are already starting to scrap them like AirTran for example. I know that Douglas/McDonnell Douglas made the best aircraft ever built, and I sure as hell know that they beat Boeing in every competition the two compaines had. Anyways please let me know an answer!

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RE: Remaining Years Of DC-9's And MD-80's...

Thu Dec 26, 2002 4:27 pm

Ours, at NWA, will be around for another 5 to 7 years. Some sources say 10 years max. If it's still flying after 30+ years, it's a good bird.

For more information, you might try searching for this topic. If memory serves me correctly, it's been discussed several times.

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RE: Remaining Years Of DC-9's And MD-80's...

Thu Dec 26, 2002 4:45 pm

I think you will see MD-80s around for quite some time. The DC-9 is a great airplane, but very old (I would like to see more DC-9 users replace them with 717s vs scrapping this awesome designe altogether). The MD-80 is still very popular; especially in the U.S. where American and Delta still operate large fleets of them. It is hard to say for sure, but I cannot imagine these airlines getting rid of all these planes that fast. It is a very economical airplane, and is a good alternative to buying new aircraft in these difficult times.

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RE: Remaining Years Of DC-9's And MD-80's...

Thu Dec 26, 2002 9:02 pm

The second-hand DC-9's and especially the MD-80's are very popular now with small carriers in Africa, South America, Asia. Some have also found new homes in the US and Europe....So I am sure we will see those great birds for the next years flying....
 
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RE: Remaining Years Of DC-9's And MD-80's...

Thu Dec 26, 2002 10:01 pm

Frontline service for the DC-9 in Europe and the US will pretty much be limited to the next 8-10 years, until Stage IV restrictions take effect. The early low-bypass JT8's are not likely to make Stage IV without significant power reductions, meaning that aircraft would become payload-limited.

The much higher bypass engines on the MD80 (the -200 series JT8's) wouldn't have significant issues becoming Stage IV-compliant, and will likely remain the workhorses of the Stage IV world, since they will be about the least expenseive Stage IV machines available  Smile

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RE: Remaining Years Of DC-9's And MD-80's...

Thu Dec 26, 2002 11:38 pm

others are already starting to scrap them like AirTran for example.

Yeah, Those FL DC9s are Old, and their flying time has passed 7-8 years beyond due scrap date.

I know that Douglas/McDonnell Douglas made the best aircraft ever built, and I sure as hell know that they beat Boeing in every competition the two compaines had.

Uh... Well, How do you KNOW that. If they Beat Boeing in Every Competition, Why are they themselves now Boeing. I mean, don't get me wrong, I also BELIEVE they were better than Boeing, But I don't KNOW that as a fact. It is a worthy opinion though.  Big grin
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RE: Remaining Years Of DC-9's And MD-80's...

Fri Dec 27, 2002 4:55 am

MD80's will be around for quite a while since AA, Delta etc have some of the last built (in 1999). MD-80's and DC-9's are rugged, simple and easy to maintain and are very popular. Their appeal for being able to land in all differnt ypes of airports willl keep them popular in third world countries, charter services and even some as corporate jets.

Airtran's whole fleet less the 717's should be scrapped!, especially those tired clapped out ex THY's they have.