The Boeing Company (Long Beach Calif.)on Friday the 19th rolled out the first MD-10 freighter.
"MD-10" is the designation given to modified DC-10s that incorporate the Boeing Advanced Common Flightdeck (ACF). The MD-10 instrument panel layout is identical to the Boeing MD-11. Additionally, pilots can receive a single certification to operate both airplanes.
The MD-10 program is managed by Boeing Airplane Services, a new Boeing business offering engineering retrofit packages, avionics upgrades, passenger-to-freighter conversions, interior reconfigurations, recovery and repair services, and airplane performance improvements for all Boeing commercial airplanes. Boeing Airplane Services also provides technical consulting and general contracting support for airlines.
If Boeing Airplane Services is now offering improvements for all Boeing aircraft, is there any word of any airlines that have in mind of updating their 747-200s and/or 747-300s, with -400 type technology such as glass cockpits, winglets, engines, landing gear etc?
If so how many aircraft are those airlines thinking about updating?
What are your views on updating aircraft such as DC-10s and 747s?
I personally think it is a great way to give a little more life to perfectly good aircraft, think about what many said on the Concorde topic- give them better updated engines and let them keep on flying...I would like to think the same applies to the 747s.