Captaink, I will strongly agree. BWIA's MD83s have been very effective serving the Caribbean, MIA and even YYZ routes - their combination of extended range and typical DC9 ruggedness and fast turn-around have ensured a long and successful career with BWIA. 4 of the type remain but I cannot say how much longer for - the last leases expire next year. 1 was returned earlier this year and over the previous 5 years 4 others left the fleet.
The TriStars offered the flexibility of long-range with the ability to handle 1 or 2 hops before the long leaps to JFK, YYZ and LHR and their large holds enabled BWee to handle the growing cargo trade to those cities. Now the exporters are complaining of the limited cargo space on the 737-800s.
Too bad but the price of progress is always high.