Sadly, it is so! I know, it is depressing. But oh well, I guess that is life. There still are airlines like DL and TW that value their MD-80s though.
MD-80: 34 aircrafts mostly MD-83s with some MD-82s.
B737: To damn many! I think 40+ 734s, 5+ 732s, and maybe 10+ 73Ns (with more to come) and maybe 10 739s.
However the amount of 737s on order is enough to repalce the all MD-80s!!!!! Yes, I'm very happy about that. I believe a member on this forum who works for AS says MD-80s will still be flying with the airline until 2005, but up to 2007 at latest.
I personally prefer the 737 though i dont no much about the MD80s
Riiiiiiiiiiight. Well here's what I do know about the MD-80s. Alaska bought aquired them from the Jet America take over. They liked the planes and launched the longer range MD-83. They were used mainly for California expansion and soon were on routes system wide. They also were helped the speeding up of the replacement of 727s. AS also placed a large order for 40 MD-90s but then in the mid90's came upon poor economic times, and cut down the order to 20. They then cancelled it completely in favor of 5 MD-83s (N977AS-982AS). They also ordered 10 737-400s and more and more of them infested the airline until the 734s out numbered the MD-80s.
The MD-80s are particularly favored on "long haul" (yes we all know how many long haul flights AS flies) to Alaska from the lower 48 and then routes to Mexico. The 737 however was welcome in Alaska because of its larger cargo capacity.
It looks like in the next 4-6 years this wonderful era of taking MD-80s on AS up and down the west will come to an end. I have enjoyed lots of Alaska MD-80 flights and I have know idea what I'm going to do when they get rid of them. However a one type fleet, if it is as boring as hell and uncreative makes sense for an airline of its size. I don't know what my particular qualms with the 737 are, but I'm a diehard MDC fan. I will miss them.
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