hummmm....front what i've read...it would be easy to train dc9 pilots to fly the 717. i don't think that's really an issue. that's what MD
had in mind all along while developing the 717.
as for what type aircraft NW
will get to replace the diesel 9s...God only knows! would seem that the A318 is a perfect fit for their fleet. then again if i understand things correctly...it (A318) has quite a bit higher seat mile costs than the 717. it's possible NW
could go with the 717. hell they decided to keep going with 757s instead of A321s...(i do realize the 757 and A321 aren't exactly in the same class, but they are close)
what i do kinda wonder about is if NW
would bite off sooner on the 717 if it had Pratt power instead of RR