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What Was Westerns Fleet In The End

Sun Jul 22, 2001 1:24 pm

I would like to know what types of aircraft Western Airlines was flying Right before they were bought out and how many they had. Also Republic.
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RE: What Was Westerns Fleet In The End

Sun Jul 22, 2001 1:37 pm

When Western was bought by Delta in 1987, their fleet consisted of 727-200s, 737s (200s and 300s), and DC-10s. Delta kept all but the DC-10s, since they already operated L1011s.

Republic's fleet when merged into Northwest consisted of 727-200s, DC-9s, MD-80s, and 757s. Shortly after the merger, RC's 757s were sold to America West because they had different engines than their NW counterparts. NW also parked the MD-80s in the desert a year or two ago. Other than that, Northwest operates most of the old RC fleet today.
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RE: What Was Westerns Fleet In The End

Mon Jul 23, 2001 4:07 am

In 1987 when Western was bought out their fleet consisted of 727s,737s, and DC-10s. Republics fleet consisted of DC-9s, MD-80s, 727s, and 757s. I do not know how many of each they had or how many they had all together though.
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RE: What Was Westerns Fleet In The End

Tue Jul 24, 2001 9:15 am

Delta kept all but the DC-10s (operated by Western at the time it was acquired by DL)

Delta continued to operate some of the DC-10-10s it inherited from Western for about 18 months. Some, including N915WA, were even repainted in the full Delta livery; I had the good fortune of seeing one "up close" at the gate in SLC in Nov. 1987, just after the merger. It was being prepared for a SLC-SAN-HNL flight.

The ex-WA D10s were utilized by DL primarily on routes to Hawaii until they could be replaced by L10s. D10 routes in Delta's Dec. 15, 1987 timetable included ATL-LAX-HNL; ATL-DFW-LAX-OGG; ANC-HNL; SFO-HNL and SLC-SAN-HNL.