there was a recent interview with current SK
CEO in Flight International - he said that they do not intend ( cannot afford ) to withdraw/replace them anytime soon . I can't remember his exact wording but it was quite funny - something along the lines of "I want to be remembered as the first CEO of SK
to not commit us to yet another a/c type that we will realise in 5 years time we didn't want and couldn't afford" given SK
's somewhat eclectic fleet mix I am sure a lot of people will agree this is a smart move even with high fuel prices .
-80's are typical Douglas* products - they are robust and will fly forever if well maintained .
* yeah , yeah , yeah - you can call them McDonnell Douglas all you like - but we know that the "build it to last" heritage came from Douglas - OT I know but there is a great poem called "The Gooney Bird" about the DC-3
Douglas built this ship to last but nobody expected
This crazy heap would fly & fly no matter how they wrecked it
While nations fall & men retire & jets get obsolete
The Gooney Bird flies on & on at 11,000 feet
They patch her up with masking tape, with paper clips & strings
& still she flies, she never dies Methusaleah with wings
[Edited 2005-11-25 09:43:54]