SLC. Good for Hot & High.
The engines on the md90 i hear have 3000 pounds of extra thrust in case it is needed, yeah?
"In case it is needed"???? The ex-QQ MD90s I flew had 30,000# thrust engines (I believe DL
's are the same). No "extra thrust", but a lot more than competitive airliners in its weight class. And 738 pilots wonder why I say I got spoiled by the MD90.
He said that 90 crews are rated on the 88's, but 88 crews are not rated on the 90. He said the difference in pilot training is about 2 weeks longer for the 90.
Both MD88 and MD90 use the FAA DC9 type rating. DL
, by contract, has different pilot "bid positions" for the different types with the MD88 being the "standard" and the MD90 pilots receiving "differences" training after completing the MD88 course. That would explain the statement that 90 crews are "rated" on the 88, but 88 crews are not "rated" on the 90. However, a two week differences course helps explain DL
's financial problems. Even AA
only used 4 days (2-ground school, 2-simulators) for MD90 differences training for MD80 crews.