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by DeltaMD95
Mon Jul 01, 2019 11:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread
Replies: 278
Views: 66027

Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Agreed, tho ORD makes sense considering 20 years ago the MD80 pretty much ruled at ORD ... not to mention most of the flights between ORD-DFW-ORD were on the MadDog. Actually, it was a lot more recent than that, that the MD80 ruled ORD. I can recall just 10 years ago that 4 out of 5 domestic mainli...

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by DeltaMD95
Mon Jul 01, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lockheed pitched five ‘white tail’ L-1011-500s to TWA
Replies: 35
Views: 11201

Re: Lockheed pitched five ‘white tail’ L-1011-500s to TWA

During the same time period of the would-be L15 deal (1983), TW signed a low-risk lease agreement for 20 new MD80s, with options to purchase. Which would eventually proliferate into a fleet of 101 aircraft with follow up orders through the ‘80s and ‘90s. Too bad a similar arrangement was not possibl...

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by DeltaMD95
Thu May 09, 2019 3:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL S19 Departures By Hub And Aircraft Type
Replies: 143
Views: 19185

Re: DL S19 Departures By Hub And Aircraft Type

Can we kindly get a breakdown for PHX and TUS?

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by DeltaMD95
Wed May 08, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Volotea will add 6 A319ceo this summer
Replies: 15
Views: 3318

Re: Volotea will add 6 A319ceo this summer

Are they still going to phase out the 717’s? Are there any viable rumors as to who will be taking the 717s?

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by DeltaMD95
Sat Apr 20, 2019 9:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta looking into accelerating MD-90 retirement
Replies: 203
Views: 29539

Re: Delta looking into accelerating MD-90 retirement

Also V7 should be interested in some DL 717. A few years ago Volotea would indeed have been. Now they've made the decision to standardise on the A319ceo. https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/volotea-to-replace-717s-with-used-a319s-422975/ In just 18 months they've gone from 0 to 16 A319s (sec...

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by DeltaMD95
Fri Apr 19, 2019 4:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta looking into accelerating MD-90 retirement
Replies: 203
Views: 29539

Re: Delta looking into accelerating MD-90 retirement

Not only were they willing to park them, they were willing to incur the further expense of bringing brand-new 772ERs onto property at a time when every long-haul airline in the world wanted to buy them.. Actually, the 772ERs backfilled L-1011-500 capacity. The first 777 was delivered one year after...

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by DeltaMD95
Fri Apr 19, 2019 3:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta looking into accelerating MD-90 retirement
Replies: 203
Views: 29539

Re: Delta looking into accelerating MD-90 retirement

Anderson worked hard to get DL's debt levels down to normal investment-grade opportunities, and part of that was not to blow capital expense on aircraft that only marginally improved operating cost. Pay people and such rather than pay debt service on ballooning debt. His successors really undid tha...

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by DeltaMD95
Fri Apr 19, 2019 2:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta looking into accelerating MD-90 retirement
Replies: 203
Views: 29539

Re: Delta looking into accelerating MD-90 retirement

Actually it was thought of from earlier than that. The internal rumor was what to do about the MD90 and the MD11 fleets? Either dump them or go buy every last one. With the down turn of the economy the MD90 fleet decision was put on the back burner while the MD11 exited the property. I think the Ch...

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by DeltaMD95
Sun Apr 07, 2019 7:40 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Favourite 737 generation?
Replies: 35
Views: 2140

Re: Favourite 737 generation?

masgniw wrote:
DeltaMD95 wrote:
Considering the NG is the only one without any design flaws


The -900 tail stand would like a word with you...


That pig can go back and play in the mud...
Never thought another aircraft type could make even an A343 takeoff roll and climbout look impressive by comparison.

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by DeltaMD95
Sat Mar 30, 2019 3:42 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Favourite 737 generation?
Replies: 35
Views: 2140

Re: Favourite 737 generation?

Considering the NG is the only one without any design flaws, it is the de facto option for me. But truthfully, outside of getting an RJ, nothing sinks the heart greater as an enthusiast than seeing a 737 at the gate.

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by DeltaMD95
Mon Mar 11, 2019 1:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Fleet Updates - 2019
Replies: 661
Views: 109540

Re: AA Fleet Updates - 2019

Noticed two odd MD-80 rotations in the past two days. N9628W did DFW-ORD-PIT-ORD-DFW yesterday and N9630A did DFW-ORD-LGA-DFW earlier today. Those were some lucky folks in ORD and LGA to get a rare treat. What would have precipitated this? I would think AA has enough 738’s to cover equipment swaps.

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by DeltaMD95
Wed Mar 06, 2019 11:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Fleet Updates - 2019
Replies: 661
Views: 109540

Re: AA Fleet Updates - 2019

Detroit313 wrote:
Once all the MD80s and 767s are gone and the 321 retrofit is complete then AA's fleet will be perfect.


Yes, it will be perfect. Perfectly void of any personality, that is.

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by DeltaMD95
Wed Mar 06, 2019 4:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Aircraft Refurbishment Thread - 2019
Replies: 393
Views: 72564

Re: Delta Aircraft Refurbishment Thread - 2019

pezzy669 wrote:
Exciting days ahead said no one.


ATL is losing its personality by the week.

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by DeltaMD95
Sat Mar 02, 2019 3:13 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why did Mcdonnell Douglas not update the B717/MD95 wing?
Replies: 21
Views: 3662

Re: Why did Mcdonnell Douglas not update the B717/MD95 wing?

More than anything, the lack of the three variant family that was originally envisioned by McDD is what killed the Boeing 717’s sales potential.

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by DeltaMD95
Sat Mar 02, 2019 3:04 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: KLM MD-11 Scrapped
Replies: 21
Views: 4830

Re: KLM MD-11 Scrapped

acjbbj wrote:
How long will the MD-11 be in service? Will it last 50 years? 60?


Good question. How many are still active?

IMO, there is a good chance the MD-11F will be the last airliner built out of Long Beach to see active service.

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by DeltaMD95
Sun Feb 17, 2019 7:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Aircraft Refurbishment Thread - 2019
Replies: 393
Views: 72564

Re: Delta Aircraft Refurbishment Thread - 2019

I know they are saying differently for now and I hope I am wrong, but I seriously doubt those MD-90s ever come back. Especially the longer they are stored. I am also skeptical. In some ways, it will be a colossal waste of the efforts made to acquire, mod, and prep them for what was a genius fleet s...

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by DeltaMD95
Fri Feb 15, 2019 1:35 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: KLM MD-11 Scrapped
Replies: 21
Views: 4830

Re: KLM MD-11 Scrapped

So, PH/KCK ran out of life after "only" 16 years? No kidding. There are FX MD-10s from the early ‘70s still chugging along but 16-19 year old MD-11s were too long in the tooth? Baloney. The timing wasn’t right. The wave of MD-11 freighter conversions had passed. But the age of the airfram...

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by DeltaMD95
Wed Feb 06, 2019 6:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MD-11 Safety Discussion
Replies: 175
Views: 22089

Re: MD-11 Safety Discussion

And where did FX and 5X get those planes? I don’t think they bought any of them new. Didn’t buy any new? FX was the launch customer for the MD-11F. IIRC, the prototype MD-11 actually went directly into service with FX. And FX placed more than one firm order. FX was one of the cargo operators that c...

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by DeltaMD95
Wed Feb 06, 2019 4:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MD-11 Safety Discussion
Replies: 175
Views: 22089

Re: MD-11 Safety Discussion

I don't think it's because it's operated in places with questionable safety—if that were the problem, the 767 would have a far worse record than the MD-11. Well, the 767 does have one blemish on its record that the MD11 does not - an uncommanded in-flight thrust reverser deployment. And that’s a pr...

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by DeltaMD95
Wed Jan 30, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MD-11 Safety Discussion
Replies: 175
Views: 22089

Re: MD-11 Safety Discussion

747Whale wrote:

Been there, done that. In an MD11, in Quito.


I know it’s only January, but this has to be an early front runner for post of the year! With respect to the field, I haven’t read something this informed or insightful on these threads in a LONNNG time.

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by DeltaMD95
Sat Nov 17, 2018 5:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Air MD-80 order
Replies: 48
Views: 8856

Re: US Air MD-80 order

Did US operate either the MD80 or F100 on CLT-ORD or CLT-JAX in 1997? My memory is a bit foggy but I believe one of these flights was a T-tail. Could of it been a DC9?

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by DeltaMD95
Sat Nov 17, 2018 5:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Aircraft Refurbishment - 2018
Replies: 852
Views: 129185

Re: Delta Aircraft Refurbishment - 2018

Will any of the parked MD90s be re-activated or are they being scrapped upon withdrawal?

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by DeltaMD95
Mon Nov 12, 2018 11:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA MadDog rumor du jour:
Replies: 49
Views: 13777

Re: AA MadDog rumor du jour:

Is there any indication of how long the MD80 is expected to remain on MKE-DFW?

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by DeltaMD95
Sun Nov 11, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA MadDog rumor du jour:
Replies: 49
Views: 13777

Re: AA MadDog rumor du jour:

Ehh I know the thing has a cult following - but I never got it. Losing something like an L-1011 or 747 was to lose a clear piece of commercial aviation history from the "golden age" of jet travel. I absolutely don't have that feeling about the mad dog retirement. Not sure why - but I just...

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by DeltaMD95
Mon Oct 01, 2018 7:04 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: DC10 engine question.
Replies: 29
Views: 4513

Re: DC10 engine question.

Just remember for the comparisons:
The #2 engine intake on the MD-11 is similar to the DC-10-40, but not that of the -10 or -30.

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by DeltaMD95
Mon Oct 01, 2018 6:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Aircraft Refurbishment - 2018
Replies: 852
Views: 129185

Re: Delta Aircraft Refurbishment - 2018

Is it known what the last ship # will be for the MD88 retirement and what the final route(s) will be? No. But 50-60 will be around for the turn of the decade. And beginning next year, DL will keep their flying to around 500 miles from ATL, DTW. Are these 50-60 the over-water equipped ships? (N951DL...

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by DeltaMD95
Mon Oct 01, 2018 6:45 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Boeing 717 - loudest interior cabin noise level ever!
Replies: 32
Views: 6751

Re: Boeing 717 - loudest interior cabin noise level ever!

I had the recent pleasure of two DL 717s: LGA-BOS, LGA-ORD. From 21A, the aircraft was noticeably quieter than the 737NG/A32X in the mid/aft cabin. Engine noise and air ventilation system were pretty consistent in volume throughout cruise and descent. In 17A, some of the engine and hydraulic charact...

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by DeltaMD95
Mon Oct 01, 2018 3:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Aircraft Refurbishment - 2018
Replies: 852
Views: 129185

Re: Delta Aircraft Refurbishment - 2018

Had the pleasure of flying on two DL 757's this past weekend...695DL RSW-ATL, and 6701 DTW-RSW. Both were in impeccable condition. An added plus was a MD88 ATL-BUF and a 717 BUF-DTW. The ability to fly on those three aircraft types with regularity is the reason I prefer Delta when I travel. Absolut...

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by DeltaMD95
Thu Sep 13, 2018 11:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Aircraft Refurbishment - 2018
Replies: 852
Views: 129185

Re: Delta Aircraft Refurbishment - 2018

Is it known what the last ship # will be for the MD88 retirement and what the final route(s) will be?

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by DeltaMD95
Thu Sep 06, 2018 12:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Fleet Updates - 2018
Replies: 764
Views: 130529

Re: AA Fleet Updates - 2018

American 767 wrote:
N972TW, an ex-TWA bird, must be one of the last MD-80s to come out of the production line back in 1999.


Indeed. Twelfth from the last of the line, if I’m counting correctly. In 1999, there were some MD81s that were as old then as this bird is now.

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by DeltaMD95
Fri Aug 31, 2018 4:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: dc-10/md11 operations thread 2018
Replies: 72
Views: 9094

Re: dc-10/md11 operations thread 2018

Didn’t DL do ATL-NRT for several years with later build MD-11s? I don’t care what anyone says, those ‘96s had respectable range.

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by DeltaMD95
Fri Aug 31, 2018 4:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Aircraft Refurbishment - 2018
Replies: 852
Views: 129185

Re: Delta Aircraft Refurbishment - 2018

Can it be confirmed in this thread that the 16 ex-JL MD90s are already ADS-B compliant?

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by DeltaMD95
Fri Aug 24, 2018 2:17 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: TWA livery if they were around today?
Replies: 28
Views: 3443

Re: TWA livery if they were around today?

Odds are it would be red...and maybe have a globe?

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by DeltaMD95
Wed Aug 22, 2018 3:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Last MD-90 produced stored.
Replies: 76
Views: 14358

Re: Last MD-90 produced stored.

The writing was on the wall for the 88/90 when Delta passed on installing the IS&S flat panel cockpit upgrades. True. If the IS&S mods had been a success, we would not be having this conversation right now on near-term retirements. And DL would have billions less in CAPEX debt on its balanc...

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by DeltaMD95
Wed Aug 22, 2018 3:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA's oldest S-80s retired today
Replies: 67
Views: 10525

Re: AA's oldest S-80s retired today

...And to think after 32+ years they’re not even halfway to their 110k flight cycle limit. Amazing. Those historically longer S80 routings are evident here in the totals. 32+ years is mostly accurate. The first batch were delivered in May 1983 so it's actually been over 35 years. Just sayin'... Tha...

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by DeltaMD95
Wed Aug 22, 2018 1:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Last MD-90 produced stored.
Replies: 76
Views: 14358

Re: Last MD-90 produced stored.

No doubt the M90 / engines parted are laying on DL controlled shelves. If Delta decides to phase out in 2023-24 they can easily calculate and order what they need for that period. Similar they can determine how many more engine shop visits are needed to cover the next 5 years of operation and make ...

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by DeltaMD95
Wed Aug 22, 2018 1:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA's oldest S-80s retired today
Replies: 67
Views: 10525

Re: AA's oldest S-80s retired today

I had done many ORD-TUS/PHX between 2006-2016. Always would aim for 14A. Enjoyed every single flight.

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by DeltaMD95
Wed Aug 22, 2018 1:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Last MD-90 produced stored.
Replies: 76
Views: 14358

Re: Last MD-90 produced stored.

Delta Tech Ops does not have a pile of V2500 engine parts laying around. That is the problem. Most of the cost of an engine overhaul is the parts. Labor, like the shipping is a small portion of the equation. The fleet size is just getting too small for the suppliers to be bothered with the work. No...

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by DeltaMD95
Wed Aug 22, 2018 12:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Last MD-90 produced stored.
Replies: 76
Views: 14358

Re: Last MD-90 produced stored.

The writing was on the wall for the 88/90 when Delta passed on installing the IS&S flat panel cockpit upgrades. And also, since when is Sam Chui's personal website a reputable source for aviation news? DL "passed" on that because IS&S wasn't getting it done. Shoulda just ordered P...

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by DeltaMD95
Tue Aug 21, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Last MD-90 produced stored.
Replies: 76
Views: 14358

Re: Last MD-90 produced stored.

I believe I read previously that a portion of the MD90 fleet already are ADS-B compliant. Is it not the 16 ex-JL aircraft?

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by DeltaMD95
Tue Aug 21, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA's oldest S-80s retired today
Replies: 67
Views: 10525

Re: AA's oldest S-80s retired today

The last of the legacy AA S-80s are being retired today. Among them are #'s 424, 425, and 426. They were delivered in 1986 and are believed the oldest A/C in operation by a major carrier. They have almost 89,000 hours and almost 49,000 cycles. What a remarkable run. The likes of which we may not se...

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by DeltaMD95
Tue Aug 21, 2018 2:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Last MD-90 produced stored.
Replies: 76
Views: 14358

Re: Last MD-90 produced stored.

At least 34 of the ‘newest’ birds in the -88 fleet, as well as nearly all of the -90’s, will all be around beyond the 2020 ADS-B mandate, which is why they’re taking the time and money to install it in those birds. The -88’s require the ADS-B and GPS install, while the -90’s only require the ADS-B ...

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by DeltaMD95
Tue Aug 21, 2018 2:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Last MD-90 produced stored.
Replies: 76
Views: 14358

Re: Last MD-90 produced stored.

It’s been shared previously from insiders that DL salvaged all viable Saudi MD90 parts via AerSale. Perhaps the additional engines will help keep the MD90 active into the early 2020’s.

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by DeltaMD95
Tue Aug 21, 2018 2:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Was the MD-87 a failure?
Replies: 46
Views: 10079

Re: Was the MD-87 a failure?

I’ve heard from flyers of the type that the MD87 was like the 727-100, in the sense that it was a little, overpowered rocket on take-off. :)

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by DeltaMD95
Sat Aug 18, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What will supersede the Boeing 717
Replies: 78
Views: 11410

Re: What will supersede the Boeing 717

How many years from now until the 717 runs into the parts issue of the MD80 or the engine overhaul cost increase of the MD90? If Delta wants to fly the MD-90 for another five to ten years it will. They will fly the MD-90 using MD-90s that they retire as feed stock. They will get every nickel out of...

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by DeltaMD95
Sat Aug 18, 2018 12:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What will supersede the Boeing 717
Replies: 78
Views: 11410

Re: What will supersede the Boeing 717

How many years from now until the 717 runs into the parts issue of the MD80 or the engine overhaul cost increase of the MD90?

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by DeltaMD95
Sat Aug 04, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ex-UA 744 finds a new home
Replies: 42
Views: 15749

Re: Ex-UA 744 finds a new home

As an enthusiast who enjoys variety outside of the MAX/NEO or wide body twin, it is quite unfortunate and a bit aggravating that FAA ADs have assisted the acceleration of classic out of production variants, such as the MD80 and 744. Good thing the FAA doesn't base its ADs on assuaging the preferenc...

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by DeltaMD95
Sat Aug 04, 2018 12:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL S18 Departures By Hub And Aircraft Type
Replies: 120
Views: 18258

Re: DL S18 Departures By Hub And Aircraft Type

nomorerjs wrote:
Thu 6/28/18:


ORD
M88: 7
M90: 4
717: 17

Mainline: 64.3%


Who could have ever guessed that DL MD T-tails would dominate AA at ORD. Even when AA still has multiple non-DFW S80 routes out of ORD. A sign of the times.

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by DeltaMD95
Sat Aug 04, 2018 12:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Volotea 717, how long?
Replies: 28
Views: 5794

Re: Volotea 717, how long?

n7371f wrote:
Delta is taking the Turkmen 717's for parts.


Is this because of the condition the Turkmen 717s were in? Too much cabin overhaul, etc. Or more so because DL is only interested in parts going forward?

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by DeltaMD95
Sat Aug 04, 2018 12:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ex-UA 744 finds a new home
Replies: 42
Views: 15749

Re: Ex-UA 744 finds a new home

As an enthusiast who enjoys variety outside of the MAX/NEO or wide body twin, it is quite unfortunate and a bit aggravating that FAA ADs have assisted the acceleration of classic out of production variants, such as the MD80 and 744.

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