One of my pilot friends says he heard through an ALPA buddy that Delta closed out their MD-11 LAX pilot base last month. He says they are now flying out of Portland (PDX) and Atlanta (ATL) to their Asian destinations. Example: (MD-11) DL #137 - ATL - PDX - FUK (Fukuoka, Japan).
Right out of a timetable (which expired on 4/3/99), Delta flies MD-11's:
The X-Pacific flights are the ones equipped with the crew rest compartments that have recently been complained about by their pilots. They have 15 MD-11's, and the word I heard is that the recent ADs are special, one time inspection ADs and would simply be scheduled to be performed in their regular overnight mtc checks, with no disruption of service to perform them, as long as no problems are found.