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CO's MD-80s

Mon Oct 16, 2000 2:46 am

Continental has done an amazing job in updating its fleet. They still have a large number of 737-800s, 737-900s and, now, 757-300s on order for operation primarily in North America. While I understand that the airline intends to keep growing, will the delivery of the new aircraft result in the beginning of the phase out of CO's MD-80 fleet. They have quite a few "older" MD-80s, including those acquired second-hand from Air Cal, Muse Air, Hawaiian, and those orginally operated by their subsidiary, NY Air - many are or will be 20 years old shortly. Any information on CO's plans for its MD-80 fleet?
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RE: CO's MD-80s

Mon Oct 16, 2000 2:49 am

According to a buddy of mine at CO, they are starting to retire them at a rate of about 4 a year. Replacements are the new 737-800's, bu the aircraft is generally still the backbone of it's fleet.
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RE: CO's MD-80s

Mon Oct 16, 2000 3:35 am

CO is slowly replacing its MD-80's with 738's. They are going to be an airline of only 4 fleet types:

1. 737 (-500, -700, -800, -900)
2. 757 (-200, -300)
3. 767 (-200, -400)
4. 777 (-200)
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RE: CO's MD-80s

Mon Oct 16, 2000 9:33 am

With respect to the four types, what about the 737-300's? Does anyone know any plans that CO has with these?

RE: CO's MD-80s

Mon Oct 16, 2000 9:43 am

Continental will probaly keep then for a while. They still are the backbone of the COA Fleet. They updated their interiors and everything a while back.

How Many?

Mon Oct 16, 2000 10:40 am

How many MD-80's are in the fleet?

RE: How Many?

Mon Oct 16, 2000 10:43 am

As of 1997... 59. Probably more like 45 now.
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RE: How Many?

Mon Oct 16, 2000 10:51 am

Sorry about the mistake, CO's 737's include the 733, 735, 73G, 738, and 739. The 733's will be around for another 5-10 years, until they are all eventually replaced by 73G's.
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RE: How Many?

Mon Oct 16, 2000 11:41 am

In the last CO quarterly report, 2Q 2000, they had 69 MD-80s. Still the most numerous single type in their fleet. After the DC-10s the oldest. The 733's are slightly younger than the MD-80s... all of about 10 were delivered to the Texas Air Group between 85 and 87, plus 10 (give or take a few) leased from ILFC that are the same age as the -500s.
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RE: CO's MD-80s

Mon Oct 16, 2000 11:51 am

The 737-300 fleet was the first to be fully upgraded with new cabin interiors, new seats, and also sport
the oversized overhead bins now common on most
of Continental's fleet of 371 aircraft.

The 737-300 will remain an integral part of CO's
fleet for some time. The plane is ideally suited
to operate many flights to the East Coast from
the Houston hub, which will see a lot of growth
in the 2-3 years to come. There are 56 733's
in the CO fleet.

The MD80's are being slowly replaced at a rate
of about 4 or 5 per year, beginning next year.
There are 66 MD80's in the fleet. These planes
have also been refurbished during the 1990's
and are actually quite nice inside. The 737
series -800 is the designated replacement
for the MD80 and that is why so many more
-800's remain on order.

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RE: CO's MD-80s

Tue Oct 17, 2000 1:25 am

So Continental's MD80 fleet has diminished from 69 to 66 ... Any details on which two ships are gone, in addition to N16884 (c/n 48074) that taxied into the EWR terminal ?

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RE: CO's MD-80s

Tue Oct 17, 2000 4:15 am

Continental's MD-80s are some of the niciest in the skies. I love them, its sad to see them fade away. But hopefully they remain for a few more years to come.
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RE: CO's MD-80s

Tue Oct 17, 2000 4:39 am

The only thing I don't like on the MD-80s is the lack of an IFE system. The interiors of Continental MD-80s are very nice and are a pleasure to fly on, if it is under 3 hours.