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Goodbye Swiss MD-11

Mon Nov 01, 2004 10:16 am

So they're finally gone! Pictures of the last flight are here.

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Anybody who's ever been to ZRH or has seen/flown them elsewhere will agree that it was a great time with them.
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RCS763AV
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RE: Goodbye Swiss MD-11

Mon Nov 01, 2004 10:21 am

Very sad day. Now only 4 scheduled PAX MD-11 operators:

-Finnair
-Varig
-KLM
-JAL (will be gone soon, or is it gone?)
 
FriendlySkies
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RE: Goodbye Swiss MD-11

Mon Nov 01, 2004 10:31 am

Was the last flight into ORD? I saw one fly over my house the other day on it's way out, I don't recall when they started flying the MD11 back (it was an A330 for a bit), but I was lucky enough to catch a glimpse of one before they stopped flying them. Farewell MD11...
 
B-HOP
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RE: Goodbye Swiss MD-11

Mon Nov 01, 2004 12:06 pm

JAL is gone already, last one HKG-NRT
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Cactus739
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RE: Goodbye Swiss MD-11

Mon Nov 01, 2004 12:21 pm

This is slightly off topic... but that's a pretty sweet looking fire truck spraying her down....  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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boeingfever777
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RE: Goodbye Swiss MD-11

Mon Nov 01, 2004 12:38 pm

A very classic bird. Sad to see her leave the fleet.

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Carpethead
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RE: Goodbye Swiss MD-11

Mon Nov 01, 2004 12:42 pm

JL's last commercial flight was as mentioned HKG-NRT on Oct. 12. The last MD-11 JA8582 was doing a test flight on Oct. 31 for the flight back to the US for storage or where ever they are doing the cargo conversion.
 
je89_w
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RE: Goodbye Swiss MD-11

Mon Nov 01, 2004 1:24 pm

Very sad, 2 former MD-11 operators (LX and JL) retiring their last MD-11 within a month.

And speaking of last, there was a ceremony of the last B757 built at Renton not too long ago.
 
IDAWA
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RE: Goodbye Swiss MD-11

Mon Nov 01, 2004 9:58 pm

Alitalia has recalled some of its stored MD-11s into service, so it is still an MD-11 operator!


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VIAF
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RE: Goodbye Swiss MD-11

Mon Nov 01, 2004 10:04 pm

Does not Martinair also still operating with the pax version???
 
INNflight
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RE: Goodbye Swiss MD-11

Mon Nov 01, 2004 10:05 pm

Please feel free to join the Ultimative Swiss MD11 Farewell Topic, linked below!  Smile

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/general_aviation/read.main/1775623/

Was an amazing last flights, I will post a trip report later!

Cheers,
Florian
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Ndebele
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RE: Goodbye Swiss MD-11

Mon Nov 01, 2004 11:05 pm

This is slightly off topic... but that's a pretty sweet looking fire truck spraying her down....

Actually the fire truck was bigger than it appears on the photo above. When you have a camera with less zoom (like mine), this is what you get:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v330/Ndebele/Pict0200Waterfalls.jpg
 
airconti
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RE: Goodbye Swiss MD-11

Mon Nov 01, 2004 11:14 pm

SW is still using a M11-as far as I recall, former LX.....
 
col
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RE: Goodbye Swiss MD-11

Tue Nov 02, 2004 12:18 am

TG and EVA I believe still have MD11's for PAX.
 
AlitaliaMD11
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RE: Goodbye Swiss MD-11

Tue Nov 02, 2004 12:24 am

Hey

Another new MD-11 operator is Santa Barbra!!

Aww I am gonna miss the LX MD-11 :-(

I dont believe EVA still has pax MD11s.

I heard that they where turing a cargo one back into PAX from there flights to Vienna.
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dreamcraft
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RE: Goodbye Swiss MD-11

Tue Nov 02, 2004 1:38 am

Can anyone tell me why the MD-11 is being retired? It is such a great aircraft. Even though it's operating efficiencies may not have been as advertised, wouldn't it be cheaper to hold on to it than to purchase new A/c. Especially, if it is going to be replced by the 'lame duck' A340-300. After all Northwest still operates the DC-10 and it is one airline that is hanging in there-financially speaking.
 
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RE: Goodbye Swiss MD-11

Tue Nov 02, 2004 1:43 am

A great bird, sorry to see her go. The crash off Nova Scotia played a part in the types demise, I think. Also MDD had dvelopment and payload/range problems which led to fewer orders.
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PyroGX41487
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RE: Goodbye Swiss MD-11

Tue Nov 02, 2004 2:47 am

Can anyone tell me why the MD-11 is being retired? It is such a great aircraft. Even though it's operating efficiencies may not have been as advertised, wouldn't it be cheaper to hold on to it than to purchase new A/c. Especially, if it is going to be replced by the 'lame duck' A340-300. After all Northwest still operates the DC-10 and it is one airline that is hanging in there-financially speaking.

For one, the A340-300 is alot more fuel efficient than the MD-11. The MD-11 didn't meet the range specifications promised when the project was launched back in (was it?) the late 80s/ early 90s.

Thirsty engines and today's rising fuel costs aren't worth it for LX. If you were an airline, would you rather fly a nice looking plane or one that saved you money?
 
ME AVN FAN
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RE: Goodbye Swiss MD-11

Tue Nov 02, 2004 2:49 am

Dreamcraft, the MD-11 was by far the loudest aircraft all around and has increasingly become a weapon in the hands of the anti-airport folks.
 
PyroGX41487
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RE: Goodbye Swiss MD-11

Tue Nov 02, 2004 2:57 am

That, too.

Still was a beautiful plane.
 
VIAF
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RE: Goodbye Swiss MD-11

Tue Nov 02, 2004 3:19 am

RCS763av,

You have forget the Air Namibia MD11!!!!!!
 
aa777jr
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RE: Goodbye Swiss MD-11

Tue Nov 02, 2004 3:26 am

Where does KL fly the MD-11, have flown KL before and enjoyed their service.
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letit
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RE: Goodbye Swiss MD-11

Tue Nov 02, 2004 6:12 am

KL certainly flies MD11s to Bonaire, and then on to Lima and Quito. I had the pleasure of traveling on three of them on AMS-LIM-BON-AMS a year ago.
 
Thrust
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RE: Goodbye Swiss MD-11

Tue Nov 02, 2004 7:55 am

Very very sad. I really liked the Swiss MD-11s too. How many airlines now still fly the MD-11? I know KLM does...does Martinair?
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TradewindL1011
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RE: Goodbye Swiss MD-11

Tue Nov 02, 2004 8:24 am

Current operators (Including Charter):

Varig - 16
World - 11 (Including some freighters)
KLM - 10
Martinair - 7
Finnair - 6
Thai - 4
Air Namibia - 1

October truly is a sad month now with Swiss and JAL dumping their 11s and the last 757 rolling of the Renton line.........
 
boo25
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RE: Goodbye Swiss MD-11

Tue Nov 02, 2004 10:09 am

Oh my goodness ,what a sad month  Sad Another airline kisses its last MD11 goodbye , and the last 757 rolls off the line.

My fave 2 airliners - 757 and MD11  Sad . oh dear .

Where do KLMs MD11 fleet fly to ?
As maybe i'll try and get a ride before they leave Europe completely ....
 
boo25
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RE: Goodbye Swiss MD-11

Tue Nov 02, 2004 12:41 pm

Fantastic shots


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