nealcg
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DL's MD-90s

Thu May 27, 2004 5:25 am

I am a loyal DL customer who flies SEA to DFW about 10 times a year, always on a MD-90 and I have been very pleased with it.

I have a question. What are the long-term plans for the MD-90s in their fleet? From what I gather they have only about 20 and the trend is for airlines to standardize there fleets. Will I soon be seeing 738s replacing the 90? I will be quite disappointed.

What other routes does DL use their MD-90s exclusively?

Also, are there any other A/C using the V2500 turbofans? Those are so nice...take-off like a rocket!
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RE: DL's MD-90s

Thu May 27, 2004 5:33 am

My dad (767 pilot) says that DL is keeping the M90 for now because it gives the best performance for flights that are run from altitude at KSLC versus the M88.
 
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RE: DL's MD-90s

Thu May 27, 2004 5:41 am

DAL763, That is GREAT news, I'd love to fly on a DL MD90 before they go. You just brightened my day.
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RE: DL's MD-90s

Thu May 27, 2004 5:44 am

Hi BR715-A1-30 yeah the DL M90 is a pretty cool plane. It is just like the M89 inside but has the cool movie screens and music channels like the 757s. And also very quiet inside compared to the M88.
 
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RE: DL's MD-90s

Thu May 27, 2004 5:46 am

Oops I meant to say its just like the M88 inside not the M89 lol.
 
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RE: DL's MD-90s

Thu May 27, 2004 5:53 am

I was a passenger on DL's M90 from CVG to DFW.

Snack sandwich on board.

Nice plane.
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RE: DL's MD-90s

Thu May 27, 2004 6:22 am

DL has 16 md-90s. Their plan was to phase them out by 2006 for a number of reasons including dispatch reliabilty, parts availability, and fleet simplification. I'm not sure what the current status of the phase out isnow, but I know they'll still be with us after 2006.
They really are not a bad airplane but they weren't produced in numbers sufficient to become a great airplane. Support is lacking because Boeing doesn't put the same effort into supporting a discontinued MD product as they do a currently available Boeing product. Experience is hard to come by for maint. crews as they don't see enough planes to get really profficient. Not to mention the thrust reverser design on the 90 is one of the most maint. unfriendly pieces of equipment ever to make it off the drawing board. It takes two AMTs about an hour to open and close the TR for maint. as compared to about 5 mins. for 1 person on about every other plane out there. It wouldn't be that big of a deal but they need to be opened about every other day.
I agree the 90 is a nice plane to fly on but I think we'll see most of their routes at Delta taken over by the 737-800 or 757 sometime in the not too distant future.
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nealcg
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RE: DL's MD-90s

Thu May 27, 2004 6:37 am

Dl757md,

Fascinating info. I didn't; realize that they were such maintenance headaches. I'm disappointed the A/C wasn't more successful.

I love the MD-90 and will be disappointed if I have to fly the 738. I have never cared for the 737. I suppose I'm scarred from having to fly them weekly during my childhood (WN. DAL-SAT).  Sad
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RE: DL's MD-90s

Thu May 27, 2004 6:51 am

Dont they have an IFE in them as well???

Still have not flown on one  Sad
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nealcg
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RE: DL's MD-90s

Thu May 27, 2004 6:55 am

SQ452,

Drop down screens ever few rows or so...not bad for long flights
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RE: DL's MD-90s

Thu May 27, 2004 6:59 am

I thought that DL were happy with using them in & out of SNA, since they don't take up a noise slot (or so I was told) - unless of course, there's other aircrafts with the same ability.
 
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RE: DL's MD-90s

Thu May 27, 2004 7:53 am

When the MD90 flies the DFW-PBI route...I will always fly through DFW from MCI. I always upgrade to FC because it is in my opinion the best Domestic Narrowbody FC Delta offers. It is ultra-quiet and is ultra-comfortable. the MD90 is by far my favorite narrowbody plane around.
 
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RE: DL's MD-90s

Thu May 27, 2004 8:19 am

The interiors are not just like an MD88. The ceilings are sculpted differently, with a little drop under which the lights are recessed. The pax signs (seatbelt/smoking) are much smaller and more frequently placed. As stated earlier, there are LCDs every few rows. There are also integrated handrails on the overhead bins that are backlit (or have glow-in-the-dark tape on their insides) which gives a cool greenish glow when the cabin lights are dimmed.
 
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RE: DL's MD-90s

Thu May 27, 2004 8:26 am

I dont think any one has answered that the IAE V2500 are used on the A320 as well I believe. UA and HP have them. correct me if I am wrong.
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RE: DL's MD-90s

Thu May 27, 2004 8:28 am

Dl757md:

When I read what you said about the MD-90's C-duct I knew right away that you have MD-90 experience.  Smile
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jeffie813
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RE: DL's MD-90s

Thu May 27, 2004 8:47 am

sadly, DL will no longer be flying the MD-90 on DFW-PBI route. it's getting switched to the CRJ. how bad does that suck?
 
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RE: DL's MD-90s

Thu May 27, 2004 8:52 am

Does anyone know when the MD-90s will be replaced by the CRJs on the PBI run?

Thanks for the help  Big grin

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RE: DL's MD-90s

Thu May 27, 2004 9:02 am

"Does anyone know when the MD-90s will be replaced by the CRJs on the PBI run?"

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RE: DL's MD-90s

Thu May 27, 2004 9:24 am

Thanks DeltaMIA.

What a shame!!!  Sad

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RE: DL's MD-90s

Thu May 27, 2004 10:06 am

Avi8tir,

You are correct about the A320 also offering V2500-series engines, and that UA and HP both have them.

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nealcg
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RE: DL's MD-90s

Fri May 28, 2004 12:01 am

Will it be feasible for a CRJ (700?) to replace the MD-90 on the SEA-DFW route. I'm concerned because the loads are typically light on this route and I know DL is still converting its lighter routes to CRJs. Does it have the range?

I will be sorely disappointed if that happens (i.e. AA in the future)
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RE: DL's MD-90s

Fri May 28, 2004 12:21 am

The A320's that AirTran is using from Ryan Int'l from ATL to the West
Coast and certain MCO flights have the IAE V2500's.
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RE: DL's MD-90s

Fri May 28, 2004 3:04 am

I flew a DL MD90 from SLC to DEN last December. I think that it's pretty common on that route. I love the aircraft and what power from those V2500's. I think I read somewhere that the V2500 on the MD90 is the most powerful engine attached to an airliner in that configuration. Would hate to see 'em go.
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