"New" MD-90's for SAS have been on and off the agenda for almost a year.The 90's in question are 5x ex Reno and 3x ex Egyptian operated machines.
There has been a controversy about "life-limited" component serial numbers amongst other things;what's stated in the documentation does not correlate to the parts actually in the planes.There might have been a mix-up at the factory.Minor mods to bring the planes up to full SAS config. has also been discussed.
SAS at presently operate 8x MD-90's with great satisfaction.They are operated by a small group of MD-80 pilots as the number of planes are too small to operate with the whole MD-80 pilot group.This makes for some uneconomical crew rostering,as well as making the MD-90 fairly uneconomical to operate within SAS.At least 15 plane fleet of a type is regarded as the minimum amount to achieve profits.
The deal with Boeing is to deliver MD-80's on a 2-for-1 basis,the first MD-80's having been placed in storage for this deal,which is now set for this spring with the additional 90's entering service with the summer schedules.
The additional 90's mean that all SAS MD-80 pilots will check out on the 90.The MD-80/90 fleet in SAS is not now going to be phased out until 2010-2015 period,at least.
In the meantime,efforts are going on to get rid of the 737-600 (VERY difficult!),possibly also the 737-700,and have the MD's and these 73's replaced by more Airbus 32x's.But that's "far into the future" (5-10 years) as my friend,an engineer with our (SAS) technical dep't. said.He's deeply involved with this deal.
"Luck and superstition wins all the time"!