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Who's Flown On A Reno Air MD-90

Thu Mar 29, 2001 2:27 am

I was wondering what it was like to fly on a Reno Air MD-90, I always wanted to fly on one but American bought them up.
How was the seating?, the take-off, landing and over all experience of it?

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RE: Who's Flown On A Reno Air MD-90

Thu Mar 29, 2001 3:18 am

I never flew on a Reno MD-90, but AAR90 flys the ex-Reno MD-90s for American.
 
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RE: Who's Flown On A Reno Air MD-90

Thu Mar 29, 2001 4:20 am

I flew on the MD-90s when they were with QQ, and I have also flown them since the AA acquisition.

The seats on QQ were at 32 inch pitch, but AA reconfigured them with MRTC. The planes had/have 5 rows of First Class.

The old QQ seats were very comfortable, and alternated between green and blue upholstery. There was no audio/video, unlike Delta.

The MD-90 is like a rocket on takeoff, and the initial climb rate is very impressive. The plane is very quiet up front. To the passenger, it is like a quieter, more powerful MD-80.
 
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RE: Who's Flown On A Reno Air MD-90

Thu Mar 29, 2001 6:57 am

Aircrane, EI is correct about it it is very quiet and fast. If you want to fly on one you will probably have to fly on DL I think they have a few coming into ONT from DFW daily and I know to RENO. I was reading somewhere on here that AA is down to 1 MD-90 as they have been withdrawing them for a few months now due to the fact of fleet commonality issues.
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RE: Who's Flown On A Reno Air MD-90

Thu Mar 29, 2001 8:55 am

I did!!!!! from SEA to SNA for my wedding! The Climb Rate was INTENSE! If I could buy a plane that would be it! It is a Rocket Ship in a Nutshell!
 
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RE: Who's Flown On A Reno Air MD-90

Thu Mar 29, 2001 9:08 am

I flew SJC-LAS when it was QQ.
It was verry quiet and comfortable.
I recollect it was 2-3 seating arrangement.
 
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RE: Who's Flown On A Reno Air MD-90

Thu Mar 29, 2001 9:20 am

Yeah, if you want to still get a flight on a MD-90 I see them all the time at ONT (Delta). I also see Delta MD90s at SNA when I'm flying there. American was just never happy with those MD-90s from Reno Air and wanted to drop them. Many of the employees called them minimum delay 90s. Anyway, I have not worked in LAX since last summer, but American was opperating the MD-90s on LAX-DEN, LAX-STL, LAX-COS and intrastate California routes. However I'm not sure how many they have left anymore.
 
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RE: Who's Flown On A Reno Air MD-90

Thu Mar 29, 2001 9:58 am

AA uses the MD90 on the SFO-SNA run. I've taken it many times. Takeoff at SNA in an MD90 is incredible; I'll be flying that route again in May but AA's site says it will be a 737-800. Too bad.

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RE: Who's Flown On A Reno Air MD-90

Thu Mar 29, 2001 11:32 am

American has 5 ex-Reno MD90s still in service. Delta has 16 with no immediate plans to retire them.

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.
 
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RE: Who's Flown On A Reno Air MD-90

Thu Mar 29, 2001 12:05 pm

American has 5 ex-Reno MD90s still in service.

I heard AA is down to one MD-90, and the last AA MD-90 flight will be April 15. That's just what another forum member said a little while back (can anyone confirm this?)

While I've heard that the MD-90s (and some later MD-80s for that matter) have had problems related to poor-quality workmanship by Mc Donnell Douglas, I don't believe this is why they are leaving the AA fleet. As Woodsboy said, it's a fleet commonality issue. 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.
 
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RE: Who's Flown On A Reno Air MD-90

Thu Mar 29, 2001 12:33 pm

With regards to my previous post. I used to work for American at LAX and I should have made it clear that it was the employees that did not like the MD90s. However it never seemed like the airline as a whole was enthused with them. I never heard of any intentions for American to keep them throughout the buyout of Reno Air.
 
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RE: Who's Flown On A Reno Air MD-90

Thu Mar 29, 2001 2:49 pm

American currently operates only 3 MD90's N903RA and N905RA were retired last month. The remaining three will fly their last revenue flight on 3/31/01 and be returned to Boeing by the end of April. The remaining 3 are N901RA N902RA and N904RA. Current lines flown by MD90's will be replaced by silver MD80's and silver 737-800's. AA will also retire N752RA on 4/1/01 one of the MD87's
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RE: Who's Flown On A Reno Air MD-90

Thu Mar 29, 2001 2:55 pm

I was on one three years ago SNA-SJC. I'm pretty sure that was when QQ had only 2. I believe that I was on R02. The main thing I remember about the flight was the lady sitting next to me informing me about the power to 60% rule at SNA. ALTHOUGH, I must say that I could not notice any reduction. I guess that's part of the MD-90s grace.

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RE: Who's Flown On A Reno Air MD-90

Thu Mar 29, 2001 4:57 pm

>...but AAR90 flys the ex-Reno MD-90s for American.

Correction -- I _flew_ ex-Reno MD90s. Today's flights were my last.  Crying 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.  Sad

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!

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