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How Many DC-9's Does Airtran Have Left

Thu Mar 27, 2003 2:47 am

As the topic states, How many 9's do they have and what routes are they on?
It seems that Airtran will soon have the youngest fleet in the nation next to jetBlue. I booked a flight in April from ROC to TPA and was suprised that none of the flights are a DC-9

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RE: How Many DC-9's Does Airtran Have Left

Thu Mar 27, 2003 3:55 am

Officially, there are fifteen left but I doubt more than ten or twelve are in scheduled service. The rest are used for back-up for both 717s and CRJs. AirTran tried to get an extension for the cockpit door retrofit but failed. Apparently the $30K door must be installed by April 6th even though the fleet will be gone (and probably) scrapped within six months.
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RE: How Many DC-9's Does Airtran Have Left

Thu Mar 27, 2003 4:28 am

Actually, as of November, nine of FL's DC-9s were parked at various locations (mostly ATL) and were not even in scheduled service. Last number I heard was 13 Dash Nines in inventory, though that number could have been incorrect.
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RE: How Many DC-9's Does Airtran Have Left

Thu Mar 27, 2003 4:31 am

I flew on one of the DC-9's a couple of weeks ago - ATL-TPA. I must admit, I like the 717 better.
 
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RE: How Many DC-9's Does Airtran Have Left

Fri Mar 28, 2003 5:15 am

When do they plan on phasing out all of the 9's?


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RE: How Many DC-9's Does Airtran Have Left

Fri Mar 28, 2003 5:24 am

I am hearing sometime between August and October of this year.
 
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RE: How Many DC-9's Does Airtran Have Left

Sat Mar 29, 2003 3:15 am

Last DC9 is sked to retire in October, as part of a 10-year anniversary celebration that will highlight the differences between the airline at it's inception and today....

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RE: How Many DC-9's Does Airtran Have Left

Sat Mar 29, 2003 1:25 pm

Travis - Do we know which DC-9 will make that last scheduled flight?

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RE: How Many DC-9's Does Airtran Have Left

Sat Mar 29, 2003 3:27 pm

Which ever one's not down for maintenance would be my guess.

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RE: How Many DC-9's Does Airtran Have Left

Sat Mar 29, 2003 4:15 pm

Travis, Will they have some kind of party for employees/civilians? If they are, I will try and make it for the party.
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RE: How Many DC-9's Does Airtran Have Left

Sat Mar 29, 2003 4:40 pm

They had a 737 retirement party in the hanger in MCO in 2001. It was only for employees though. This may be something more simply because it's a 10-year anniversary party, PLUS the completion of a total fleet replacement.

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RE: How Many DC-9's Does Airtran Have Left

Fri Apr 04, 2003 11:35 pm

How many Airtran DC-9's were retrofitted with the new cockpit doors? Since Sunday is the deadline, that should tell us how many 9's Airtran can keep flying.
 
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RE: How Many DC-9's Does Airtran Have Left

Sat Apr 05, 2003 3:26 am

Well I guess we will soon see when the Sunday deadline arrives as to how many are left flying


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RE: How Many DC-9's Does Airtran Have Left

Sat Apr 05, 2003 3:34 am

This may be something more simply because it's a 10-year anniversary party

I don't think this is possible since neither the current AirTran nor the Air Tran or Valujet predecessors are 10 years old yet.

Valujet did not fly until fall of 1993 and the original Air Tran did not start up until either '94 or '95.
 
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RE: How Many DC-9's Does Airtran Have Left

Sat Apr 05, 2003 3:40 am

Correct me if I am wrong, but October of this year (2003) equates to 10 years since the "fall of 1993".
 
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RE: How Many DC-9's Does Airtran Have Left

Sat Apr 05, 2003 4:00 am

True, but we are still a long way from October.
 
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RE: How Many DC-9's Does Airtran Have Left

Sat Apr 05, 2003 4:25 am

If you read Travis' post above it says:

"Last DC9 is sked to retire in October, as part of a 10-year anniversary celebration that will highlight the differences between the airline at it's inception and today."

This is what the "10-year anniversary" discussion is about. Sounds logical to me.
 
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RE: How Many DC-9's Does Airtran Have Left

Sat Apr 05, 2003 9:00 am

Thanks M717.....

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RE: How Many DC-9's Does Airtran Have Left

Sat Apr 05, 2003 10:21 am

Travis, will you be able to find out if Civilians are able to attend the 10 year party?
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RE: How Many DC-9's Does Airtran Have Left

Sat Apr 05, 2003 12:33 pm

Probably only dignitaries from MCO or ATL (where ever it will end up being) and major shareholders and employees will be invited. Unfortunately for the rest of us, we just don't have the security clearance nor are we important to the company.

Well, some of you have the security clearance.

At Vanguard, when the MD-80s were introduced and the big party we had for it, we let employees, shareholders, and Kansas City dignitaries tour the aircraft, both inside and out, under close supervision from ramp agents, ramp managers, and corporate officers. I don't know how similar an event AirTran will be able to have under the new security proceedures.

It would be interesting if FL had a party where people could tour the DC-9 and then go to the 717 and see the differences between them. Perhaps at Oshkosh?

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RE: How Many DC-9's Does Airtran Have Left

Sun Apr 06, 2003 4:39 am

"How many Airtran DC-9's were retrofitted with the new cockpit doors? Since Sunday is the deadline, that should tell us how many 9's Airtran can keep flying."

"Well I guess we will soon see when the Sunday deadline arrives as to how many are left flying."

Actually, the deadline is Wednesday, April 9. AirTran had asked for a waiver for the DC-9s, since they will all be gone by October, but was denied. All the remaining DC-9s will be fitted with the new cockpit doors. It now appears that the gov't, as part of the recently passed bill, will reimburse the airlines for the cost of installing these new doors.
 
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RE: How Many DC-9's Does Airtran Have Left

Sun Apr 06, 2003 5:03 am

How many more 717's are they supposed to get?

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RE: How Many DC-9's Does Airtran Have Left

Sun Apr 06, 2003 5:31 am

There are going to be 23 this year, bringing the total to 73, but I'm not sure how many of those have been delivered. Every time I show up, it seems like there's another one or two. They may be up to around 60 now?
 
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RE: How Many DC-9's Does Airtran Have Left

Sun Apr 06, 2003 5:52 am

You can go to the FAA website at check the current fleet status of any airline:

http://av-info.faa.gov/OpCert.asp

AirTran currently has 57 717s on the certificate, 14 DC9s, and 1 737. Granted there are only 6-7 DC9s currently flying, and of course the 737 isn't, and I think a couple of those 717s are still in Miami....

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RE: How Many DC-9's Does Airtran Have Left

Sun Apr 06, 2003 6:32 am

That FAA sight says American still has 1 DC-10 and 2 727's left. It says its current to date also. Where is American hiding that DC-10 and those 727's on me? Oh yeah, wheres United's 57 727's?  Big grin
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RE: How Many DC-9's Does Airtran Have Left

Sun Apr 06, 2003 6:41 am

Yeah....it's current with additions....but not certain that it's fast with the removal of aircraft...

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