flyf15
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Last USAirways DC-9 Flight

Fri May 11, 2001 8:46 am

Well, it looks like USAirways will be conducting their last DC-9 flight this year. I've noticed them retiring about 3 a month for the last few months, and they're currently down to 11 in service (one being with Shuttle). If my math is correct, that puts the last flight in August. Can anybody provide any further info? Such as a firm date and route?
 
Cody
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RE: Last USAirways DC-9 Flight

Fri May 11, 2001 10:53 am

I am sorry I can't help with dates right now, but the other day I was in PIT and it was like 1983 all over again. All I saw were USAir DC-9's inlcuding the one former Shuttle aircraft with the new tail and old paint on the fuselage. The only difference being it had so much gunk on the tail you could no longer really see the flag logo. It just looked like a big, black, greasy mess. But nonetheless there were DC-9's everywhere. I think there were four or five alone in line ahead of us.
 
ContinentalEWR
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RE: Last USAirways DC-9 Flight

Fri May 11, 2001 10:59 am

It's about time. The MD80's have to go too. These are all ex-PSA jets, and they are among the first MD80's
to have entered commercial service.

The fleet needs to be standardized around the Airbus
jets, the 737-300/400 and 757. This would help to
tackle the airline's stubbornly high operating costs.

ContinentalEWR
 
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RE: Last USAirways DC-9 Flight

Fri May 11, 2001 4:23 pm

These are all ex-PSA jets, and they are among the first MD80's
to have entered commercial service.


Actually, not all of them are ex-PSA jets. They ordered, I believe, about 20 of them after the merger to bring some economies of scale to the fleet. I agree, though, USAir's fleet looks like somebody chose it by throwing darts.

Cheers,
Dave in Berlin
 
N628AU
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RE: Last USAirways DC-9 Flight

Fri May 11, 2001 6:22 pm

Actually, all US MD-80's are ex-PSA. The PSA history page (maybe someone has the link, if not, search Yahoo! for it), lists all 31 MD-80 aircraft with their current US registration, and old PSA registration and name (Smile of ....).

There are 6 DC-9 in service, last one scheduled to leave in August. The first MD-80's will begin to be retired in the fall. There are no DC-9's on the shuttle, this is an all Airbus operation now.
 
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RE: Last USAirways DC-9 Flight

Fri May 11, 2001 6:40 pm

That's odd; I distinctly remember them ordering additional MD-80s (had to be mid to late 80s) after the the PSA takeover. I wonder if they ended up not taking delivery or something (or disposed of those aircraft first somehow). Oh well, they'll all be gone soon.

Cheers,
Dave in Berlin
 
rapo
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RE: Last USAirways DC-9 Flight

Fri May 11, 2001 10:30 pm

I could be wrong here but, aren't many of US AIR's DC-9's from ValueJet (ref reg #N927VJ)?


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Golfhaus
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RE: Last USAirways DC-9 Flight

Fri May 11, 2001 10:46 pm

rapo,

The description of the picture you linked answers your question:

"N927VJ (cn 48154/1046, del.01/82). Ordered as an Allegheny 'Vista Jet'."

That's what the VJ stands for on the nines.
 
rapo
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RE: Last USAirways DC-9 Flight

Sat May 12, 2001 12:23 am

(in my best Homer Simpson voice) doh!
 
USAFHummer
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RE: Last USAirways DC-9 Flight

Sat May 12, 2001 1:27 am

Its about time that they go... The DC-9 is beyond a doubt the most uncomfortable aircraft I have ever flown on...the MD-80 is a close second...cant wait to see them go!

Greg
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L1011
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RE: Last USAirways DC-9 Flight

Sat May 12, 2001 11:05 am

USAir had planes with the VJ suffix on their registrations long before ValuJet arrived on the scene. I think that is why some ValuJet aircraft had the VV suffix. They wanted to keep the numeral part of the registrations consecutive, but in some cases, USAir had the same numeral with VJ on the end of it, so ValuJet had to use something else. I know it's kind of confusing, just like Northwest's use of the US suffix, which causes some people to think their planes are ex-USAir. But Northwest used it first.

Bob Bradley
Richmond, VA
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KALB
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RE: Last USAirways DC-9 Flight

Sat May 12, 2001 11:47 am

Speaking of NW, aren't they buying US DC-9s (Heh, Heh)?
 
N628AU
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RE: Last USAirways DC-9 Flight

Sat May 12, 2001 3:26 pm

Dave,

The PSA buyout occurred in the late eighties. I think it finalized in late '88 ot early '89.

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