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Largest DC-9(10-50) Fleets Ever - What Airlines?

Sat Apr 08, 2006 3:19 am

Just as the title suggest; I'm looking for about the top 15 or so largest DC-9 fleet operators of all time -worldwide.

I am not including DC-9-80s/MD-80s, or MD-90s, or MD-95s/717s...just to clarify.

Certain airlines cross my mind like Hughes Airwest, Republic, TWA...etc.

Any ideas?
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Sat Apr 08, 2006 3:29 am

I think Continental operated a rather large DC-9 fleet in their day.

And who could forget NW.
 
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Sat Apr 08, 2006 3:30 am

NW inheritted all of Republic's DC-9s and then some. I can't think of anyone whose DC-9 fleet was bigger than NW's was at its prime.
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Sat Apr 08, 2006 3:32 am

Quoting ASAFA (Reply 1):
And who could forget NW.

On a tangent...
I might be incorrect, but how many DC-9s did NW actually order from the DC? I think most of theirs came from Ozark and Republic.
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Sat Apr 08, 2006 3:35 am

I think AC was a pretty major operator of the DC9 series.

There are 2 ways you can look at the numbers---how many DC9 fins ever flew for an airline in total (not neccesarily at same time) or what was the largest fleet flying at any one time? Either way I think AC would be up there.

If memory serves Eastern Airlines had a ton of them
 
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Sat Apr 08, 2006 3:36 am

What about Alitalia?? I think its DC9 fleet were the largest in Europe or I'm wrong??
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Sat Apr 08, 2006 3:40 am

Quoting DIA (Reply 3):
On a tangent...
I might be incorrect, but how many DC-9s did NW actually order from the DC? I think most of theirs came from Ozark and Republic.

And Republic inherited them from Southern, North Central and Hughes Air West. In fact a large number of DC-9s came from the later, although North Central ordered many of them during the mid 1970s when they proved to be more viable on short-hop flights than the Boeing 737-100 was.
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Sat Apr 08, 2006 3:42 am

Didn't SAS & DL have a whole slew of DC-9s back in a day?

Wasn't DL the North American launch customer for the DC-9?
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Sat Apr 08, 2006 3:43 am

Quoting CayMan (Reply 4):
There are 2 ways you can look at the numbers---how many DC9 fins ever flew for an airline in total (not neccesarily at same time) or what was the largest fleet flying at any one time?

I'll leave this up for interpretation. JAL has flown the most 747 tails, but does not have the largest 747 fleet at a given moment in time...I think that title belongs to BA currently. Even if I'm wong in this example, I think you get what I'm trying to say. Good point, though.
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Sat Apr 08, 2006 3:44 am

Quoting DIA (Reply 3):
but how many DC-9s did NW actually order from the DC

Zero.

All of them came from RC, and then they built up a fleet from various other airlines, none were delivered new to NW.
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Sat Apr 08, 2006 3:45 am

SAS, Eastern, Continental, Delta, Alitalia, US Airways, Aero Mexico, Air Canada, Finnair, Iberia, TWA, et. al. were all big DC-9 users back in the day.

In the 1970s, I think Eastern owned the biggest DC-9 fleet (around 200), which included DC-9-10s, 30s and 50s. Then in the early 1980s, after Republic was fully formed with the merger of North Central and Southern, then, Hughes Air West, they had the largest DC-9 fleet. NW still flies hundreds of them (chiefly inherited from the buy out of Republic).
 
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Sat Apr 08, 2006 3:47 am

Quoting DIA (Reply 3):
how many DC-9s did NW actually order from the DC?

None! NW only got 5 DC-8-30 and 22 DC-10-40 newly delivered by MDC.
 
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Sat Apr 08, 2006 3:49 am

Quoting Dtwclipper (Reply 9):
All of them came from RC, and then they built up a fleet from various other airlines, none were delivered new to NW.

I hate doing this and going against my own established thread rules...BUT...I've got to ask...

On another tangent: Did NW order new MD-80s? And why did NW get rid of the MD-80s so soon?
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Sat Apr 08, 2006 3:49 am

AeroMexico had the biggest fleet in Latin America. It has operated more than 36 aircraft but not at the same time. The peak was about 25. I`m including both 15 and 30 series ONLY. AeroCalifornia also aoperated a large fleet (about 26 aircraft) but ,then again, not at the same time.

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Sat Apr 08, 2006 3:55 am

Quoting DIA (Reply 12):
Did NW order new MD-80s? And why did NW get rid of the MD-80s so soon?

No, the MD-80's came from RC. There were only a few of them, and did not fit in with their fleet plans.
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Sat Apr 08, 2006 3:58 am

Quoting DIA (Reply 12):
Did NW order new MD-80s? And why did NW get rid of the MD-80s so soon?

Q1) No.

Q2) To eliminate a redundant type from their fleet. Only 8 MD-80s joined the NW fleet with the Republic merger and NW already had large numbers of 727-200s as well as a large and growing fleet of A320s; both types filled essentially the same niche as NW's small number of ex-RC MD-80s which represented an additional aircraft type that was not needed.
 
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Sat Apr 08, 2006 4:07 am

I found this link to AC historical DC9 fleet--looks like AC operated 64 of them or so (not at same time)

http://www.canairradio.com/dc9.html

Kind of interesting to see where some of them came from and went to.
 
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Sat Apr 08, 2006 4:15 am

Quoting FLALEFTY (Reply 10):
SAS, Eastern, Continental, Delta, Alitalia, US Airways, Aero Mexico, Air Canada, Finnair, Iberia, TWA, et. al. were all big DC-9 users back in the day.

Not to nitpick here, but most of US' DC-9s they received back when they were still known as Allegheny.
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Sat Apr 08, 2006 4:35 am

Quoting DIA (Reply 8):
JAL has flown the most 747 tails, but does not have the largest 747 fleet at a given moment in time...I think that title belongs to BA currently.

BA has the largest 744 fleet but JAL has the largest 747 fleet overall
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Sat Apr 08, 2006 4:48 am

Quoting N1120A (Reply 18):
BA has the largest 744 fleet but JAL has the largest 747 fleet overall

Good catch. Am I correct in saying JAL has operated more 747s than any other airline ever?
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Sat Apr 08, 2006 4:55 am

Quoting RAFVC10 (Reply 5):
What about Alitalia?? I think its DC9 fleet were the largest in Europe or I'm wrong??

Guess where they are today? N601NW to N626NW...
ALSO 14 of SAS model 40's went to NW as did quite a few
Eastern model 30's.
The amazing thing is that one day NW did not fly a DC-9 and the very next, they were the biggest DC 9 operator in the world.
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Sat Apr 08, 2006 5:44 am

Just off the top of my head, TWA had 4 -10's, 33 or 36 -30's, one each -34 and 41 and 12 -50's from EA (acquired in the early 90's). If anyone has the exact numbers, please post them.

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Sat Apr 08, 2006 5:48 am

Quoting DIA (Reply 12):
And why did NW get rid of the MD-80s so soon?

They didn't retire them until 1999, IIRC, at a point where they needed heavy MX checks. AFAIK, none were re-sold, they were all scrapped on retirement.

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Sat Apr 08, 2006 5:53 am

Quoting DIA (Reply 19):
Good catch. Am I correct in saying JAL has operated more 747s than any other airline ever?

I would guess that it is close between JAL, United and BA. JAL has taken 108 747s, PAX and Freighter, directly from Boeing. United has taken 64 directly from Boeing and got around 10 more 747s from Pan Am. BA/BOAC has taken 94 747s from Boeing. So yes, it appears JAL is the biggest 747 operator ever.
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Sat Apr 08, 2006 8:50 am

Quoting PHLBOS (Reply 17):
Not to nitpick here, but most of US' DC-9s they received back when they were still known as Allegheny.

That is correct. Most of the US DC-9 fleet was inherited from Allegheny. However, US also bought more DC-9-30s after they became US. In fact, before the Piedmont merger (which added a vast 737 fleet) the DC-9 was the "backbone" of US Airways' fleet.
 
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Sat Apr 08, 2006 9:16 am

Quoting FLALEFTY (Reply 24):
In fact, before the Piedmont merger (which added a vast 737 fleet) the DC-9 was the "backbone" of US Airways' fleet.

Actually, USAir had already started the transition to the 737 before the Piedmont deal. In fact, they co-launched the 733 with Southwest and recieved planes in 1984, the aircraft's first year in service. Additionally, they were taking 732s from November 15th 1982.
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Sat Apr 08, 2006 9:26 am

Quoting CayMan (Reply 16):
I found this link to AC historical DC9 fleet--looks like AC operated 64 of them or so (not at same time)

AC peaked at 53 DC-9's at one time, in the mid-70's. 44 D93, 8 D91, and 1 D93F.
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Sat Apr 08, 2006 9:30 am

Eastern operated 122 DC-9s over its lifetime from Apr66 to Mar91.
Almost 25 years EXACTLY!

Here is the breakdown:

15 DC-9-14
75 DC-9-31
6 DC-9-32 (all from Continental, but originally with SR, OS and Sudflug.)
26 DC-9-51 (3 ex-OS, 2 ex-SR, 8 ex-AL, 4 ex-HA, remaining 9 leased directly from the manufacterer through Douglas Finance Corp)

With the exception of the -51 fleet, most of the DC-9 fleet was owned.

Eastern Air Lines ordered two aircraft types in April 1966.
The first obviously was the DC-9 10 series.
The second aircraft type was secured with a $200,000 deposit.
Where EA thought they were going to operate this aircraft was everyones guess at the time.

Of course, we're talking about the SST!

Along with the first batch of DC-9s, EA ordered 2 Supersonic Transports, which they raised to 6 frames in 1967!

They didn't go anywhere overwater until service to Kingston Jamaica started in 1969. So I guess they thought they would do the NYC to Florida runs entirely over water?
What would that be, about an hour or less flight from JFK to Miami?

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Sat Apr 08, 2006 9:36 am

Quoting Stirling (Reply 27):
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I never knew that about Eastern and the SST...
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Sat Apr 08, 2006 10:10 am

Quoting AA717driver (Reply 21):
Just off the top of my head, TWA had 4 -10's, 33 or 36 -30's, one each -34 and 41 and 12 -50's from EA (acquired in the early 90's). If anyone has the exact numbers, please post them.

As for the history of "short" DC-9s (-10s) operated by TWA there were two "generations:"

In 1966-67 15 DC-9-15s were delivered new to TWA from Douglas; these were retired from TWA service in or about 1980, with about half going to (the original) Midway Airlines. In addition, a small number (4 if I recall correctly) of DC-9-14s were delivered to TWA new from Douglas in 1966; these were sold in/around 1977 with most if not all going to Texas International.

TWA picked up 7 DC-9-15s from their 1986 acquisiton of Ozark.
 
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Sat Apr 08, 2006 10:38 am

I would say SAS would be right up there, for one thing they ordered, I think, every single version, from the DC9-10 through the custom -20 and -40 (hotrods the pair of them), lots of -50s and then went MD80 bonkers and still fly nearly 100 of them. (Hey, they even bought into the unloved and unlamented MD90.) Although Sweden, Denmark and Norway don't amount to much on their own, together you're getting into a fairly heavy duty population and economic entity (hence the 90+ MD80s still on the books - a staggering fleet size compared to my preconceptions of little Scandinavia). I don't know where to look up the numbers but if someone else does, I predict SAS have flown more than 100 DC9s. (Finnair have also been loyal DC9ers, from the -10 back in the Age Of Aquarius up to the hefty MD80 fleet, although Finland really is little, so their total fleet probably doesn't go much past 40 DC9s.)

Eastern and Continental sure had a lot between them in the Texas Air days. Continental especially, they'd fly anything that looked like a DC9. They even picked up a fleet of clapped out DC9-10s in the late 80s, god knows where from, one of Lorenzo's dodgier purchases. One of them crashed after takeoff in a snowstorm at Stapleton, copilot had something like 14 hours on type and the captain was brand new to the left hand seat. Not a happy time for the Proud Bird With The Golden Tail (if I have remembered that correctly). Actually Eastern had some pretty beaten old DC9s as well - one of them popped open over North Carolina and made an emergency landing at Asheville or somewhere with a hole in the top of the fuselage. Not saying the DC9 isn't a tough plane, but the planes had taken a right thumping over the years. DC9-10s should have been put out to pasture by 1988, man I hope I don't have to work that hard when I'm that old.
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Sat Apr 08, 2006 10:38 am

Quoting Tango-Bravo (Reply 29):
In 1966-67 15 DC-9-15s were delivered new to TWA from Douglas;

Actually, T.B., there was 20..N1051T thru N1070T.
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Sat Apr 08, 2006 10:41 am

Quoting Isitsafenow (Reply 31):
Actually, T.B., there was 20..N1051T thru N1070T.

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Sat Apr 08, 2006 11:10 am

According to the Bill Harms Aircraft Inventory listing for DC9 airframes:

"Total Built = 976 (147 DC9-10/15/20, 621 DC9-30, 71 DC9-40, 96 DC9-50, 41 C9/VC9) from 1965 - 1982"

McD published a DC9 airframe inventory listing book that in one part listed the aircraft by fuselage number (line number) order, and in the second part listed all of the aircraft in a operators fleet. The first part also showed if an airframe was operated by more than one carrier and the transaction dates, aircraft hours and cycles when an aircraft changed carriers. I wish that I had kept a copy for myself.

In the '70s several of the regionals (Southern, Ozark, NorthCentral, etc.) traded DC9's back and forth between them as they needed more and/or less aircraft.

The West Coast, Pacific Airlines, and Bonanza Airlines merger swept a number of DC9's into one fleet resulting in Airwest (renamed Hughes Airwest).

The Hughes Airwest aircraft were incorporated through merger of NorthCentral, Southern Airways, Hughes into the Republic Airlines fleet.

Next Northwest bought Republic Airlines, hence the no DC9's one day, and a good sized fleet the next day. Northwest must have been impressed with the DC9's especially the -30's as they went out an bought (just about) all of the best and better DC9-30 series aircraft available from around the world.

In the early 1990's, following several DC9/MD80 incidents, USA Today carried a several page article about all of the DC9's that Northwest was then operating. I believe that the fleet at that time numbered about 330 aircraft.
(I haven't been able to locate this article on the web.)

But, if the 330 number is in the ballpark, then NW would have operated 1/3 of the total DC9 airframes manufactured.
 
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Sat Apr 08, 2006 11:30 am

Quoting Cedarjet (Reply 30):
I would say SAS would be right up there, for one thing they ordered, I think, every single version, from the DC9-10 through the custom -20 and -40 (hotrods the pair of them), lots of -50s and then went MD80 bonkers and still fly nearly 100 of them.

I don't think they ordered the DC9-10. I also think they only briefly leased the DC9-50. Very few examples.

I have always known SAS as the largest DC-9/MD-80 or MD-90 operator outside the United States of America. I recently flew on one, and I must say, they are holding up rather well!
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Sat Apr 08, 2006 11:54 am

Air Canada, perhaps, no probaly TWA.
 
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Sat Apr 08, 2006 12:46 pm

NW got the -50's from EA and TWA, didn't they?
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Sat Apr 08, 2006 12:52 pm

I dont have any numbers but I remember a TON of the TWA jets with Ozark and Eastern tail numbers.
 
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Sat Apr 08, 2006 12:56 pm

Quoting TrnsWrld (Reply 37):
I dont have any numbers but I remember a TON of the TWA jets with Ozark and Eastern tail numbers.

Same here, in STL, we would park a couple of the -50s together, and MAN, it looked like an Eastern -9-50 had sex with a TWA plane, cause, it just looked odd, lol, the EA on the reg, with the red stripes under it.
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Sat Apr 08, 2006 4:20 pm

I remember reading somewhere that Allegheny and then US operated the world's largest fleet of DC-90-30 series at one point in time. Some they got from EA in exchange for their DC-9-50's.

Remember too that NW retired one less MD-80 than they got in the merger.
 
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Sat Apr 08, 2006 5:00 pm

Quoting Phllax (Reply 39):
Remember too that NW retired one less MD-80 than they got in the merger.

May we assume that this is a reference to NW 255, 16/08/1987?
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Sat Apr 08, 2006 10:23 pm

Quoting AA717driver (Reply 21):
Just off the top of my head, TWA had 4 -10's, 33 or 36 -30's, one each -34 and 41 and 12 -50's from EA (acquired in the early 90's). If anyone has the exact numbers, please post them.

Actually, TWA used to havea sizebale fleet of DC9-15s before they merged oin 1986 with Ozark... Most of those went to the first Midway Airlines that strated up in 1979. The rest went elsewhere...However TWA did ordfer asiezable fleet of DC9-80s as they were called then. Then in Oct 1986 OZ and TW merged and that action brought in a further bunch of DC9s from Ozark....Ozark's fleet consisted at merger time of 7 DC9-15s, 3 DC9-41s 36 DC9-30s and 4 DC9-82s. I believe that total was 50...when combined with the TWA DC9-80s it became a good sized fleet.. I miss seeing DC9s of everyone.....
Also let us rememebr that a lot of the DC9-14s acquired by Southern Airways before merging with North Central were actualy old Eastern and Delta DC9-14s.
Delta after their merger with Northeast in 1972 had a large fleet of DC9s They had their own planes plus a bunch they got from Northeast...A bunch of Deltas DC9-30s were actually sold off toe Ozark...Some to Allegheny as well..I think that when the DC9 is no longer seen flying in the skies in this country it will be a sad day...Its a unique design in itself and MCD/Boeing is very shortsighted in their descion to close down the B717 line.
Oh one thing......All except DC9s, Series 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 81, 82, 83 and 87 ALL Have DC9 as their name on their original Airworthiness certificates...ONLY the MD-88 says MD- So you could in effect that American Airlines prolly has the Worlds largest fleet of DC9 at present....

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Sun Apr 09, 2006 12:18 am

Quoting WesternA318 (Reply 36):
NW got the -50's from EA and TWA, didn't they?

The only model 50 NW got from Eastern was N401EA which was delivered from the factory to Allegheny Airlines as N920VJ 10-10-75.The plane went to Eastern in 1978, then to NW 3-24-94. That one was never with TWA. After EA shut down in Jan 91, the plane was parked at LAS until 1994.
Most of Easterns model 50's went to TWA and least one went to Hawaiian.

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Sun Apr 09, 2006 12:34 am

Valujet/AirTran had a pretty decent DC-9 fleet at one point (Mostly of the various 30 series, but also had several DC-9-20s prior to the shutdown after 592) considering that by the late 1990s, the type was pretty much retired from US and CO, with NW of course having the largest DC-9 fleet. ABX Air still has a sizable fleet of them in cargo ops as well.
 
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Sun Apr 09, 2006 1:17 am

From What I hear, NWA is number one and then ABX Air
 
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Sun Apr 09, 2006 2:39 am

Quoting Access-Air (Reply 41):
However TWA did order a sizeable fleet of DC9-80s as they were called then.

From the initial 15 MD-82s TWA agreed to lease from McDD on very favorable terms in 1982, the total number of MD-80s (-82 and -83 variants) delivered to TWA from 1983 through 1999 grew a very impressive 103.



Quoting Access-Air (Reply 41):
Actually, TWA used to have a sizeable fleet of DC9-15s before they merged in 1986 with Ozark... Most of those went to the first Midway Airlines that strated up in 1979. The rest went elsewhere...

TWA took new deliveries from Douglas of 6 DC-9-14s in 1966 and 14 DC-9-15s in 1966-67. Five of the -14s went to Texas International in 1977 and the other to Midway Airlines (ML) in 1979. All of the remaining 13 DC-9-15s (one was lost in a crash in 1967) were sold by TWA in 1979-80, with 8 going to ML, 2 to British Midland, and 1 each to Great American Airways, Southwest Petrolease and Tracinda Investments.
 
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RE: Largest DC-9(10-50) Fleets Ever - What Airlines?

Sun Apr 09, 2006 3:20 am

I was checking out N401EA, noticed it was taken in IND in 1990.
does anyone know what gates these were?

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RE: Largest DC-9(10-50) Fleets Ever - What Airlines?

Sun Apr 09, 2006 3:28 am

Quoting Dtwclipper (Reply 40):
May we assume that this is a reference to NW 255, 16/08/1987?

I was waiting for someone to bring this up - honestly if not for this incident I probably wouldn't know that NW ever had MD-80s at all, since they were in the fleet so briefly.
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RE: Largest DC-9(10-50) Fleets Ever - What Airlines?

Sun Apr 09, 2006 4:10 am

Quoting PHLBOS (Reply 17):
Not to nitpick here, but most of US' DC-9s they received back when they were still known as Allegheny.

I was poised to comment on US's DC-9 fleet, but apparently many of you beat me to it... Oh well...
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RE: Largest DC-9(10-50) Fleets Ever - What Airlines?

Sun Apr 09, 2006 5:28 am

Quoting N1120A (Reply 25):
Actually, USAir had already started the transition to the 737 before the Piedmont deal. In fact, they co-launched the 733 with Southwest and recieved planes in 1984, the aircraft's first year in service. Additionally, they were taking 732s from November 15th 1982.

Yes sir! US Air did join Southwest as the launch customer for the 733. My only point was that prior to the Piedmont merger (which added a bunch of 732s, et. al.), the DC-9 was the mainstay of US Air's fleet.

Quoting Access-Air (Reply 41):
Also let us rememebr that a lot of the DC9-14s acquired by Southern Airways before merging with North Central were actualy old Eastern and Delta DC9-14s.

Ah, memories! I remember flying Southern's DC-9-10s on a "milk run" to Memphis from Orlando, stopping at Eglin AFB, Dothan and Meridian on the way. What was amusing that the flight was nearly full on each leg of the journey!