I don't understand these 717 threads that speculate on AA
replacing their MD
-80 fleet with 717s. Why would AA
do that? They just canned all the 717s they picked up in the TWA deal. Capacity reductions are the current replacement for the MD
-80's, followed by the CRJ additions. Somewhere down the road yes, AA
will have to replace the MD
-80, but if you are looking for that move to save the B717 line, then you might as well go ahead and board up the factory, b/c it is not going to happen.
As far as NWA, until a DC-9 falls out of the sky, they are not going to rush to replace. Every time one of those lifts off, it is pure profit - i.e. no costs associated with financing the plane makes your operating costs a hell of a lot lower. When they do get around to replacing them, will they go Abus or Boeing? I think every major acquisition they have made in the past 5+ years has been Abus, so I would not pick them to buck that trend and go with a new cockpit, a new hull, and all the associated costs in terms of bringing in a new aircraft type. I would expect the to go Abus, it just makes too much sense not to.
In that regard, I would say the 717 program has not been as big a success as it was hoped to be, but I would not call it a failure.
I would not call the DC-9 or MD-80 programs a failure by any extent, seeing as how they are some of the most heavily utilized aircraft in history, with outstanding saftey records, positive passanger feedback, extreme longevity, and generally low operating costs. I am not going to rattle of a list of carriers that use(d) these aircraft, but I am quite confident it would fill a lot of space.
[Edited 2003-11-20 23:09:16]