I don't think that they're making the distinction between NG
for charter and OS
for scheduled (after all, some of their biggest destinations are handled by NG
aircraft!). It truly is a shame that they are retiring such a magnificent aircraft (if you'd seen one of the pilots for the MD80, you'd know immediately that he was a maddog pilot, complete with a curled up handlebar mustache, rolling up to the gate with half his body hanging out of the airplane). However, like all have mentioned, progress must be made in favor for more economical airplanes, not only for economics, but for passenger comfort as well. With the new addition of F100s (I believe 10, but they may have gotten more) last year and and the (2?) 738 to replace some "older" 734s they had, OS
really is taking the right steps towards modernizing and unifying their fleet. From a pilot's standpoint, the F100 and A320 series have quite a bit in common, making transition training as painless as possible, and we all know that Airbus touts the ease of transition between various Airbus models. Also, there is no current Airbus that can fill the gap that the NG
777s are. I can see OS
start to retire the older 767s though, and eventually all of them, in favor of newer generation planes (more 330s, or possibly 787? Please oh please let me see a 787 in OS
colors!). If only I had EU citizenship...
I'm not pro-Boeing or pro-Airbus, I'm pro-crew all the way.