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Everts Air Cargo To Receive First MD-80SF

Wed May 02, 2012 6:04 pm

Apparently Everts Air Cargo has agreed to buy the prototype MD-80SF. Also AEI has fifteen more orders from four undisclosed customers


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RE: Everts Air Cargo To Receive First MD-80SF

Thu May 03, 2012 9:04 am

I would really like to be as positive about this as I can but I remain baffled by the news that Everts should be among the first operators of the newly converted type. While they do have DC-9 (therefore-jet) experience, they have not logged much time in the type and now, to go to something even larger, with even more questionable suitability in the "Alaska" environment???

Then again, perhaps this is more a "branching-out" measure. Something akin to the kind of service operated by NAC, in the Lower 48.
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RE: Everts Air Cargo To Receive First MD-80SF

Thu May 03, 2012 12:04 pm

This is formerly N73444, one of two old AA Super 80s that carried the 'Working Together' titles. N214AA being the other.

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RE: Everts Air Cargo To Receive First MD-80SF

Wed May 09, 2012 7:35 am

I was operating DC-9Fs in Africa, and our head pilot said that the MD80 freighter conversions were going to be brilliant aircraft for short haul work: WAY better than DC-9s and a lot better than 737s. There are about 80 MDs from Alitalia in S. Africa, and LOTS of them will be converted to freighters.

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RE: Everts Air Cargo To Receive First MD-80SF

Wed May 09, 2012 9:43 pm

This could really help Everts to grow their jet operation on the cheap. Yes the conversion is pricey, but acquisition cost on MD80 aircraft is low and operating costs could be greatly minimized by using the same strategy as Allegiant; using the seemingly endless supply of low time / continued time engines and components from retired MD80s.
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