olddominion727
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JL: MD90,734 Or 738

Mon Mar 12, 2012 7:23 am

As a travel agent I am starting to see more 738's on domestic Asia routes like BJS, PUS, KHH even SHA. My question is obviously the 738 is filling that gap more efficiently for JL. But I was under the impression when they bought JAS, both the M90 and AB6 were going. But it appears the M90 is staying, even over the 734. Do we know the criteria they've used to keep them? I would think it would be better to have more like-minded equipment cutting overhead costs... They could ditch the M90 to DL and pick up some former US 734's. Just a thought...
 
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RE: JL: MD90,734 Or 738

Mon Mar 12, 2012 8:52 am

No the MD-90s are slowly being withdrawn and sold to DL, some have left the active fleet already. Maybe they just happen to seem more active on the routes you regularly see. The withdrawl schedule is also based in how quickly Delta can refurbish them; part of their former Chinese MD-90s are still waiting in the dessert for when the rework and paint shops are available, so no use to ferry the MD-90s already and park them for a year while they can make money in Japan.
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RE: JL: MD90,734 Or 738

Mon Mar 12, 2012 1:28 pm

No more 734's for JAL...if anything you'll be seeing more 738's. I have a friend who works for JAL in FUK, and yes, the MD90s are going slowly, A300s are gone, MD80s are gone, and except for their commuter operations, the fleet basically consists of the 734, 738, 762, 763, 772, 773, soon the 787, a few MD90s, and that's about it. It's sorta strange too, to see JAL without the 747s, especially the 400Ds on domestic runs, but I digress. I think that JAL is taking a hint from US carriers and is finding that the 738 can do a great job for them on a variety of routes. But, there's nothing like taking a widebody on an hour hop out of Haneda...
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RE: JL: MD90,734 Or 738

Mon Mar 12, 2012 1:36 pm

Quoting Cessna172RG (Reply 2):
there's nothing like taking a widebody on an hour hop

I agree the fun of flying a huge plane, with little fuel on board for a short up and down is one of the greatest things, even a lightly loaded 757 is a rocket taking off. SEA-PDX, LAX-SAN have had 747's, DC-10's, L-1011's, A-300's, 767's, 757's, even flew an HP 747 LAS-PHX once.
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RE: JL: MD90,734 Or 738

Tue Mar 13, 2012 3:59 am

Quoting Cessna172RG (Reply 2):
the fleet basically consists of the 734, 738, 762, 763, 772, 773, soon the 787

762s are gone too.

Quoting olddominion727 (Thread starter):
As a travel agent I am starting to see more 738's on domestic Asia routes like BJS, PUS, KHH even SHA. My question is obviously the 738 is filling that gap more efficiently for JL. But I was under the impression when they bought JAS, both the M90 and AB6 were going. But it appears the M90 is staying, even over the 734. Do we know the criteria they've used to keep them? I would think it would be better to have more like-minded equipment cutting overhead costs... They could ditch the M90 to DL and pick up some former US 734's

To be technical, there are no domestic Asia routes unless you mean domestic & Asian routes.
JL has come a long way in downsizing. They used fly 744s on NRT-PEK!
The MD90s are leaving. In fact, the remaining 14 or so, will be phased out by March 2013.
I am not sure why you wrote US 734s, as they are some of the oldest 734s out there. If they are looking at picking up used aircraft, it would be 738s, which are much more younger and have less cycles.

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