Roberson- I'm hoping I just didn't understand you, but it sounds like you were trying to make this into an attack on DC-9s. If 35-year old D9Ss are guaranteed to crash, why does the FAA allow them to fly? Why haven't NW planes been falling out of the sky lately? True, NW takes much better care of its D9Ss than FL does, but I believe my point is made.
I agree that the FAA needs to keep a particularly sharp eye on FL, as its planes do have a habit of unexplainable fires and engine failures. I don't think, however, that the media needs to treat FL like the redheaded stepchild. CNN beats on them for obvious reasons- they get good rates on DL, and want to keep it that way. Turn off CNN and watch Fox News Channel for a few hours. I guarantee you won't hear a thing about the "terrible" maintenance procedures at AirTran. This is one of the main reasons I try to avoid CNN. Much as I hate AirTran, they have done nothing to deserve having the biggest news organization in the world playing bully to keep their special treatment on DL around. What better way to make your airline happy than reporting on every little flaw their main competitor at their home port has?
My apoligies if I sound a bit short, but all of these recent posts about FL being next in line to fall from the sky have gotten on my nerves. I personally refuse to fly FL due to past travel problems, but come on! Don't go parading around saying that AirTran will crash unless you can back it up!