>...but AAR90 flys the ex-Reno MD-90s for American.
Correction -- I _flew_ ex-Reno MD90s. Today's flights were my last.
Start 737-800 training Friday.
>American has 5 ex-Reno MD90s still in service.
AA has 3 in service until Saturday. R01 and R02 are flying 6 flights per day each. R04 is broke "up north" (SFO or SJC). Somebody drove a truck into a wing I'm told.
R03 and R05 stopped flying scheduled flights on March 1 and were ferried to a third party maintenance facility last week for heavy maintenance prior to transfer to Boeing. Rumor has it Air Aruba is getting these birds real cheap.
>Delta has 16 with no immediate plans to retire them.
Delta has 25 MD90s. Still trying to sell them, but still no buyers --at least at whatever price Delta is asking. 2 month long negotiations with SAS broke down in Dec or Jan.
>AA was never "not happy" with the -90s, they just want to
>avoid having only a very few of a particular type and have to
>have a separate MX program for them.
AA management became quite happy with the MD90s, but could find no way to justify the expense of maintaining such a small fleet. Even as a "sub-fleet" within the MD80 administrative structure, the overhead costs were enormous when spread out over just 5 aircraft.
>Also, I think the lease rates for the ex-QQ MD-90s are much
>higher than AA is accustomed to paying for their own planes.
Up to 10 times higher monthly payments than AA is paying for its newest MD80s!