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MD-88 Interior Differences Vs. MD-82?

Wed Mar 20, 2013 8:24 pm

I have read several sources that one thing that differed the MD-88 from the MD-82 was an updated interior. However, the only difference I have ever noticed (other than the overhead bin and PSU mods that DL has made to their MD-88s during the 2000s) is that the MD-88 (at least on DL's) has lavatory signs above the aisles every several rows. The rest of the interior doesn't look any different from the MD-82.

Apparently based on my personal observations, a new interior didn't come out until the MD-90. Has anyone ever noticed any differences between the MD-82 and MD-88 interiors?
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RE: MD-88 Interior Differences Vs. MD-82?

Thu Mar 21, 2013 9:36 pm

Did you notice that the DL MD-88 had three seats on the left and two on the right side? Just opposit every other DC-9 version.
 
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RE: MD-88 Interior Differences Vs. MD-82?

Thu Mar 21, 2013 10:01 pm

Quoting 113312 (Reply 1):
Did you notice that the DL MD-88 had three seats on the left and two on the right side? Just opposit every other DC-9 version.

That's a specific DL modification, and is not inherent to the MD-88.
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RE: MD-88 Interior Differences Vs. MD-82?

Fri Mar 22, 2013 12:04 am

Aside from a different laminate covering on the ceiling panels on early airplanes (perforated), DL MD-82 and MD-88 interiors were identical. Several airplanes had the life raft compartments in the ceilings removed years ago.
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RE: MD-88 Interior Differences Vs. MD-82?

Fri Mar 22, 2013 11:45 pm

Quoting 113312 (Reply 1):
Did you notice that the DL MD-88 had three seats on the left and two on the right side?

So did Alaska's MD-82s and MD-83s. It was a customer option based on weather the airline opted to have the wider galley installed at the L2 door. Both Alaska and Delta chose this option hence the 3x2 seating, and possibly a few others but they are the only ones I have been on with the 3 seats on the left side.
 
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Sat Mar 23, 2013 2:12 am

I also noticed that the MD-88 has one missing window on the port side, while the MD-81/82/83 doesn't. Also, Delta's MD-90s have the missing window, but I saw an MD-90 that Delta got from another airline, and it didn't have the missing window.

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RE: MD-88 Interior Differences Vs. MD-82?

Sat Mar 23, 2013 2:14 am

I also noticed that the MD-88 has one missing window on the port side, while the MD-81/82/83 doesn't. Also, Delta's MD-90s have the missing window, but I saw an MD-90 that Delta got from another airline, and it didn't have the missing window.

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Sat Mar 23, 2013 2:26 am

Please delete my double post. It happened because the first time I tried to post it, nothing happened, so I tried again, and it posted twice. I read through Posting Help and I couldn't find a way to delete it myself. Sorry.

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RE: MD-88 Interior Differences Vs. MD-82?

Sat Mar 23, 2013 3:44 am

Quoting L1011 (Reply 5):
I also noticed that the MD-88 has one missing window on the port side, while the MD-81/82/83 doesn't. Also, Delta's MD-90s have the missing window, but I saw an MD-90 that Delta got from another airline, and it didn't have the missing window.

The missing window covers up a duct used for ground hookup air conditioning mounted on the left side of the fuselage. It is a factory option taken by DL. Other carriers hookup near the airstairs in the tail.
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RE: MD-88 Interior Differences Vs. MD-82?

Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:17 pm

MDC advertised that the MD-88 had a wider aisle than earlier MD-80 variants.

Quoting DL_Mech (Reply 8):

Which row is this for the MD-88 and MD-90?
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RE: MD-88 Interior Differences Vs. MD-82?

Thu Mar 28, 2013 2:42 pm

Quoting TrijetsRMissed (Reply 9):
MDC advertised that the MD-88 had a wider aisle than earlier MD-80 variants

Narrower seats = Wider Aisle! Marketing genius at its best........

Quoting TrijetsRMissed (Reply 9):
Which row is this for the MD-88 and MD-90?

That would be good info for SeatGuru, but I've given up trying to send them corrections. Honestly, I don't know off the top of my head.
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RE: MD-88 Interior Differences Vs. MD-82?

Fri Mar 29, 2013 2:29 pm

Quoting TrijetsRMissed (Reply 9):
Which row is this for the MD-88 and MD-90?

12, as I recall. The secondhand 90s don't have the forward PC air point, thus no missing window.
 
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RE: MD-88 Interior Differences Vs. MD-82?

Sat Mar 30, 2013 5:27 am

Quoting KingAir200 (Reply 11):

Thanks, I can never remember... In addition to the 3x2, it's why I always book starboard.  
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RE: MD-88 Interior Differences Vs. MD-82?

Tue Apr 02, 2013 5:24 pm

I work on the 90/88 all the time, and I do notice the 88 has a wider aisle! However, I believe their seats are similar...so It doesn't make much sense?

How about the 717- aren't the cabins significantly "better" than their predecessors?
 
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RE: MD-88 Interior Differences Vs. MD-82?

Tue Apr 02, 2013 7:19 pm

Quoting flyboy80 (Reply 13):
How about the 717- aren't the cabins significantly "better" than their predecessors?

Yep, the 717 had the largest overhead bins of any narrowbody aircraft (in terms of usable space) up until the Sky Interior 737.
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RE: MD-88 Interior Differences Vs. MD-82?

Tue Apr 02, 2013 9:31 pm

Quoting 1337Delta764 (Reply 14):
Quoting flyboy80 (Reply 13):
How about the 717- aren't the cabins significantly "better" than their predecessors?

Yep, the 717 had the largest overhead bins of any narrowbody aircraft (in terms of usable space) up until the Sky Interior 737.

Do you have a source for that information?
 
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RE: MD-88 Interior Differences Vs. MD-82?

Wed Apr 03, 2013 12:15 am

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 15):
Do you have a source for that information?

Well, I remember reading AirTran ads stating the 717 overhead bins were as large as those on a 747. I know they are larger than the original 737NG and A320 bins (I actually flew on a US A321 with the old style interior and our rollaboard wouldn't fit wheels first).
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RE: MD-88 Interior Differences Vs. MD-82?

Thu Apr 04, 2013 4:30 pm

Quoting DL_Mech (Reply 8):
The missing window covers up a duct used for ground hookup air conditioning mounted on the left side of the fuselage. It is a factory option taken by DL. Other carriers hookup near the airstairs in the tail.

A very nifty option at that! So much easier to hook up the PC air. There's a reason why the DC9s and non-Delta original MD90s almost never get air... Because of the location of the PC air hook-up. It requires a ground-reel hose extension because the hoses on the jetway are not long enough.
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RE: MD-88 Interior Differences Vs. MD-82?

Thu Apr 04, 2013 8:30 pm

Quoting flyboy80 (Reply 13):
How about the 717- aren't the cabins significantly "better" than their predecessors?

The 717 did have a number of improvements, including: Wider passenger windows, backlit handrails and reverse bell-curve ceiling for indirect lighting, wider/deeper overhead bins, and wiring for drop-down LCDs, if optioned.

But perhaps what separates the 717 from it's NB contemporaries are the improved pressurization and air conditioning systems.

Quoting 1337Delta764 (Reply 16):
Well, I remember reading AirTran ads stating the 717 overhead bins were as large as those on a 747.

       You are correct. I dusted off an old 2000 Boeing memo, and and to quote: "Inside the passenger cabin, overhead bins are as large as those found on 747s."
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RE: MD-88 Interior Differences Vs. MD-82?

Fri Apr 05, 2013 1:24 am

Quoting TrijetsRMissed (Reply 18):
The 717 did have a number of improvements, including: Wider passenger windows, backlit handrails and reverse bell-curve ceiling for indirect lighting, wider/deeper overhead bins, and wiring for drop-down LCDs, if optioned.

The MD-90 also included backlit handrails, however, DL has removed them ever since the overhead bin extensions were installed.
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RE: MD-88 Interior Differences Vs. MD-82?

Fri Apr 05, 2013 4:54 am

Quoting 1337Delta764 (Reply 19):
The MD-90 also included backlit handrails,

I know; and the wiring for drop-down LCDs for that matter. I was comparing the 717 mainly to the DC-9 and MD-87 or F100/732s it was designed to replace.
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