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Iberia MD-80 Fleet Status

Sun Sep 30, 2007 3:16 pm

I have noticed that IB has begun selling some of their MD-80's and was wondering what the near future holds for the type in fleet. Maybe some who follow the airline closely can give their perspective on how much longer the Mad Dogs will be in the IB livery. Inevitably, it will be all Airbuses

Not too long ago, 2J acquired a lone MD-87 to replace an A319. Another will be soon picked up by Air Uganda. Lastly, Pronair plan to acquire two MD-87's and MD-88's.
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RE: Iberia MD-80 Fleet Status

Sun Sep 30, 2007 4:41 pm

Quoting TrijetsRMissed (Thread starter):
I have noticed that IB has begun selling some of their MD-80's and was wondering what the near future holds for the type in fleet. Maybe some who follow the airline closely can give their perspective on how much longer the Mad Dogs will be in the IB livery. Inevitably, it will be all Airbuses

IB already started reducing its MD-80 in mid-2005. Today 12 MD-87 (once 24) and 12 MD-88 (once 13) are left, with some of the MD-88s to stay until at least mid-2009.


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RE: Iberia MD-80 Fleet Status

Sun Sep 30, 2007 5:04 pm

Quoting TrijetsRMissed (Thread starter):
Another will be soon picked up by Air Uganda.

Meridiana scooped up x7 for the 3 new African airlines they recently invested in (Air Burkina, Compagnie Aerienne du Mali and Air Uganda).
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RE: Iberia MD-80 Fleet Status

Sun Sep 30, 2007 7:33 pm

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
Today 12 MD-87 (once 24) and 12 MD-88 (once 13) are left
One more MD-88 has "left the fleet". EC-FIH had an accident and was damaged (14-Aug-2007).

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=Kv1jeDO_MqA

[Edited 2007-09-30 12:36:46]
 
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RE: Iberia MD-80 Fleet Status

Sun Sep 30, 2007 7:47 pm

Quoting Viasa (Reply 3):
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
Today 12 MD-87 (once 24) and 12 MD-88 (once 13) are left
One more MD-88 has "left the fleet". EC-FIH had an accident and was damaged (14-Aug-2007).

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=Kv1jeDO_MqA

I found the following comment on the you tube site really interesting

Genius! If written-off, I think this would be the 3rd Iberia MD-80 to fall victim to a bus in as many years, correct?

does anyone know if there is any truth to this ? and does anyone have any further details on this incident ( or the others if they happened ?)
 
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RE: Iberia MD-80 Fleet Status

Sun Sep 30, 2007 7:50 pm

Quoting TrijetsRMissed (Thread starter):
I have noticed that IB has begun selling some of their MD-80's and was wondering what the near future holds for the type in fleet.

Iberia is going to a unique short/medium haul fleet, whose aircraft is the A320 family (=319/320/321). The MD87 are being replaced by the A319 (IB receives one per month, and the MD88 by the A320. (By the way, most of the A320 went or will go finally to Clickair due to their landing!). We could expect (but it's not sure) a few extra A319/A320 to recover the fleet from the loss of some A320 in favour of Clickair, but what is sure is that by the end of next year the MD will have probably left IB.

Also notice that some of the MDs that are now leaving were operating routes from BCN. Most of them leave the fleet as their routes are transferred to Clickair (BCN- MAH / IBZ / PMI / OVD / ALC / BIO, and others will follow such as SVQ- LPA/TFN), and others as the aircraft changes to an Airbus (BCN-ORY/MIL).
 
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RE: Iberia MD-80 Fleet Status

Sun Sep 30, 2007 9:19 pm

I always found it to be somewhat ironic that some of IB's MD-87 (5?) were directly bought by their biggest competitor in their home market, Spanair. I recently flew with one of those birds - EC-GRL - from GRX to MAD and was surprised to see how much care and effort went into the renovation of the cabins - a far cry from the somewhat neglected state (smell, worn seats) of the MD's cabins in Iberia's fleet in the recent years.
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RE: Iberia MD-80 Fleet Status

Sun Sep 30, 2007 9:38 pm

Hi all

Quoting TriStar500 (Reply 6):
always found it to be somewhat ironic that some of IB's MD-87 (5?) were directly bought by their biggest competitor in their home market, Spanair. I recently flew with one of those birds - EC-GRL - from GRX to MAD and was surprised to see how much care and effort went into the renovation of the cabins - a far cry from the somewhat neglected state (smell, worn seats) of the MD's cabins in Iberia's fleet in the recent years.

Interesting statement as IB does maintenance on the MD fleet for Spanair.
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RE: Iberia MD-80 Fleet Status

Sun Sep 30, 2007 9:56 pm

Quoting TriStar500 (Reply 6):
I always found it to be somewhat ironic that some of IB's MD-87 (5?) were directly bought by their biggest competitor in their home market, Spanair.

Many ex- IB MDs are allocated in Spanair fleet by lessors. It's true that some MDs come from IB, but also others come from SAS or from other operators.

Quoting TriStar500 (Reply 6):
was surprised to see how much care and effort went into the renovation of the cabins

I assume that they have to furbish the aircraft as their own cabins are furbished.

Quoting TriStar500 (Reply 6):
a far cry from the somewhat neglected state (smell, worn seats) of the MD's cabins in Iberia's fleet in the recent years.

The cabins of the MD show their ages, but they are not that bad. The pitch is better than in the A320 and overall the aircrafts are well maintained. Another issue is that the MD cabin looks (even if it's well maintained) unfashioned with respect to the Airbuses: they are less bright, the aircraft is overall noisier, the seats of course are a bit overused, etc. etc.

Quoting Bullpitt (Reply 7):
IB does maintenance on the MD fleet for Spanair.

Really?
 
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RE: Iberia MD-80 Fleet Status

Sun Sep 30, 2007 9:57 pm

I think the A319 is a good replacement for the MD87. Two days ago I was very lucky to fly with the newest one in their fleet EC-KHM and I liked the new interior of IB very much. The new white leather seats are comfortable, modern and better than the old blue cloth seats.

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RE: Iberia MD-80 Fleet Status

Mon Oct 01, 2007 4:34 am

Does anyone know why the seats on the MD-87s are 3 2 and the 88s are 2 3 (seats). Or put another way the seats are ABC aisle DF on the 87s and AC aisle DEF on the 88s? Flew connecting flights a few weeks back and was surprised to see them different.
 
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RE: Iberia MD-80 Fleet Status

Mon Oct 01, 2007 4:28 pm

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
Today 12 MD-87 (once 24) and 12 MD-88 (once 13) are left, with some of the MD-88s to stay until at least mid-2009.



Quoting GatoVolador (Reply 5):
what is sure is that by the end of next year the MD will have probably left IB.

I knew the fleet was in the process of being phased out but I didn't realize the end was so near. Too bad, the Mad Dogs look great in the IB livery. Any idea as to where the remaining aircraft will end up? I would like G4 to get the MD-87's, as they are a novelty, but I'm sure it's not likely.

Thanks for the responses everyone.
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