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TWA And The Youngest Fleet

Sun Feb 06, 2000 11:12 am

Has anybody thought that TWA will soon probably have one of the youngest fleets in the United States. Lets just hope they can stay alive

TWA forever

RE: TWA And The Youngest Fleet

Sun Feb 06, 2000 11:42 am

If I am not mistaken, Oontinental will have the youngest fleet in the U.S. sometime this year. The average fleet age will be something like 7.5 years. TWA still has too many old DC-9's and 727's to offset the new MD-80's,717's, and 757's.
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RE: TWA And The Youngest Fleet

Sun Feb 06, 2000 1:21 pm

TWA is one of my favorites so I will agree that it is something I am looking forward to! To the poster referencing TWA's 727's and DC-9's...

TWA has already retired all DC-9-10/15/20/40/50 series... The DC-9-30's will be retired on a one for one basis with the 717's... TWA is looking at leasing additional 717's from Pembroke to increase the rate of DC-9 retirement. The MD-80's for the most part retired the majority of the 727's and to my knowledge they were down to 12 727's at the end on 1999. (Anyone that can verify that number?). TWA will be retiring the remaining 727's as the leases end and the 757's continue to arrive on property. They have two more 767-300ER's coming in this year to replace two 767-200's the remaining 6 767-200's are going to be replaced as TWA can afford to... (probably within the next 2 years..) Yes the fleet age keeps dropping.. They were the oldest fleet around only 3-4 years ago and by the time the 717's and A318's are in they will in fact have one of the youngest fleets...

I would expect that within the next 8-10 years they will start to have to get rid of the oldest MD-80's and look for a new type to replace them. But, That is assuming they make it thru the next two years... If they make it thru the next two they should be in great shape..
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RE: TWA And The Youngest Fleet

Sun Feb 06, 2000 5:08 pm

Currently 10 727s in the TWA fleet.

Retirement plans: two in June, two in Sept, 3 in Oct, 1 in Nov and 2 on Dec 31st.

DC9s - currently 28 - will lose 8376 on 19th May and the rest in 2004 (one in 2003) - unless they can speed up the 717 acquisition.
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RE: TWA And The Youngest Fleet

Sun Feb 06, 2000 10:41 pm

I wouldn't look for TWA to retire it's MD-80s anytime soon. They just took the last one made which was the last of an order of 24 MD-83s. They are definitely part of their fleet for the foreseeable future.

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RE: TWA And The Youngest Fleet

Sun Feb 06, 2000 11:32 pm

This thing changes every couple of years. But as of right now!, Continental has the youngest fleet of all the Major US Airlines.
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Mon Feb 07, 2000 5:32 am

Actually, If you read my post I said look for TWA to retire it's oldest MD80's in 8-10 years... Some of the TWA MD80's go back to Ozark days and were built back in the early 1980's. Same goes for some of the MD-80's acquired thru other sources. They will look to retire those as they will be around 25 years old at that time. Actually, They will be the oldest aircraft in the TWA fleet when that comes around and as time and cycles build so will the maint. on them.

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