Matt D
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Air Florida 757's?

Fri Jan 14, 2000 11:44 am

Did Air Florida ever operate 757's? There is no reference to that in "Deregulation Knockouts", but if you look closely at pictures of the very first 757 built, you will see the Air Florida logo on it along with British, Eastern, Delta, Transbrasil, Monarch, and Lacsa.
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RE: Air Florida 757's?

Fri Jan 14, 2000 11:54 am

I worked for them 1981-1982, and we didn't have any then, nor were they in any shape (from the 1982 DCA crash until going under in 1984) to afford any. They may have put in a token order (with options) in the 1979-1981 timeframe before I got there, but I think it was cancelled. In 1981, Braniff-1 was in its decline, and we picked-up 5 of their 727 "white tails" (-17R powered hotrods for hot-and-high South American airports) so maybe Boeing made us a better deal on the 727s than the 757s.

While I was there, we operated DC9s, 737-200s, the above 727s, and 4 DC10s. A real rag-tag fleet, especially the 737s. A few 100s, and leased -200s from 6-8 airlines that all had different cockpits. A standardization nightmare...
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RE: Air Florida 757's?

Sat Jan 15, 2000 3:53 am

They had three on order and i believe options for another three. According to a Business Week article I have, it was canceled in 1984. I am going to build a model of one just to see what it would've lookked like.
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Sat Jan 15, 2000 3:55 am

A little off subject but what routes did Air Florida operate the 727-200's? Did they have the same interiors as the 737's? You can email me if you want