ATAIndy
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Northwest MD-80's

Thu Oct 05, 2006 6:01 am

Hello,

I'm having a discussion with my grandmother about Northwest's MD-80's. She thinks that they have flown with NWA in the last seven years, particularly between MSP-BIL. Could a kind citizen on airliners.net please tell her when NWA retired their MD-80's. Thank You.

Sincerely,
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RE: Northwest MD-80's

Thu Oct 05, 2006 6:06 am

Quoting ATAIndy (Thread starter):
She thinks that they have flown with NWA in the last seven years, particularly between MSP-BIL. Could a kind citizen on airliners.net please tell her when NWA retired their MD-80's. Thank You.

If I recall correctly the NW MD-80's were gone during the early 1990's.
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RE: Northwest MD-80's

Thu Oct 05, 2006 6:09 am

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RE: Northwest MD-80's

Thu Oct 05, 2006 6:18 am

Why did NW retire the MD80s yet keep the vintage DC-9s?
 
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RE: Northwest MD-80's

Thu Oct 05, 2006 6:22 am

Quoting COERJ145 (Reply 3):
Why did NW retire the MD80s yet keep the vintage DC-9s?

The MD80s were low range oddballs once the large A320 order was placed while the DC9s had no real replacement (other than the similarly oddball F100) until the 717 came out, at which time NW decided it was financially advantageous to refurbish the DC9s.
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RE: Northwest MD-80's

Thu Oct 05, 2006 6:24 am

Quoting COERJ145 (Reply 3):
Why did NW retire the MD80s yet keep the vintage DC-9s?

good question.
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RE: Northwest MD-80's

Thu Oct 05, 2006 6:25 am

never mind, i did not read the text after it
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RE: Northwest MD-80's

Thu Oct 05, 2006 6:29 am

Ok, I guess what I'm trying to ask is: When did NW retire their MD-80's?
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RE: Northwest MD-80's

Thu Oct 05, 2006 6:30 am

Quoting JamesJimlb (Reply 5):
Quoting COERJ145 (Reply 3):
Why did NW retire the MD80s yet keep the vintage DC-9s?

good question.

NWs MD80s were a small subfleet that came from Republic and soon after and not really cost effective with the A320s coming online. The were all original MD81s and MD82s. The Detroit crash didnt help with the decision makers at NWA either. NWA simply didnt have a good use for the MD80s and so parked them as more A320s came online to replace them.

It should be mentioned that NWA actually retired the MD80 before the 727.
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RE: Northwest MD-80's

Thu Oct 05, 2006 6:31 am

Actually, that last question I figured out. NW did indeed retire their MD-80's in 1999.
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RE: Northwest MD-80's

Thu Oct 05, 2006 7:48 am

Quoting COERJ145 (Reply 3):
Why did NW retire the MD80s yet keep the vintage DC-9s?

Well with only having 7 MD-80's and at the time over 200 DC-9's.... the MD-80 was an oddball and since production of it stopped it wasn't worth operating just 7 MD-80's.
 
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RE: Northwest MD-80's

Thu Oct 12, 2006 2:25 am

Yeah, I remember NW flying their afternoon BIL turn with an MD-80. I believe their morning and RON flights were 727's, after which I think both types were ultimately replaced with the DC-9 (which has now been replaced by A-319/20s)



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RE: Northwest MD-80's

Thu Oct 12, 2006 2:57 am

Besides parts being a problem for an oddball fleet,I recall the pilot roster was seperate from the DC9.
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RE: Northwest MD-80's

Thu Oct 12, 2006 3:30 am

Quoting Charlienorth (Reply 12):
,I recall the pilot roster was seperate from the DC9.

It had to be the DC-9 guys could not fly the MD-80's, it was easy to get rated between the two, but the DC-9 and MD-80's had quite different flightdecks.
 
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RE: Northwest MD-80's

Thu Oct 12, 2006 3:38 am

What happened to those aircraft? Were they mothballed or sold?
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RE: Northwest MD-80's

Thu Oct 12, 2006 3:43 am

NW's MD-80s were former Republic aircraft and among the oldest MD-80s built. None of them flew ever again with another poerator. They were all stored in Marana and at least three of them were already broken up.
 
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RE: Northwest MD-80's

Thu Oct 12, 2006 3:55 am

Quoting ATAIndy (Thread starter):
Could a kind citizen on airliners.net please tell her when NWA retired their MD-80's. Thank You.

January 2000. The last flight ORD-MSP.

Quoting Md95 (Reply 14):
What happened to those aircraft? Were they mothballed or sold?

Sold to Airlease salvage in Marana. Broken up and sold for scrap.
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RE: Northwest MD-80's

Thu Oct 12, 2006 3:55 am

Quoting DouglasDC10 (Reply 15):
NW's MD-80s were former Republic aircraft and among the oldest MD-80s built. None of them flew ever again with another poerator. They were all stored in Marana and at least three of them were already broken up

That's why probably they didn't use them any more. I doubt NW would get rid so fast of good aircraft just because you have few of them. It's always possible to find a niche use for them.
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RE: Northwest MD-80's

Thu Oct 12, 2006 4:17 am

Quoting DouglasDC10 (Reply 15):
They were all stored in Marana and at least three of them were already broken up.

At least one was parked & broken up at DAB. I remember seeing it, along with a couple A300s, across the airport while touring ERAU in 2001.

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RE: Northwest MD-80's

Thu Oct 12, 2006 4:22 am

Quoting NorthStarDC4M (Reply 8):
The Detroit crash didnt help with the decision makers at NWA either. NWA

The aircraft didn't forget to set the flaps.
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