|Quoting Fanoftristars (Reply 57):|
I hear you! as PM based out of SLC, I dread more MD-90s coming to SLC. This plane just sucks from a passengers perspective. The pitch is 30-31", overhead bin space is limited, the F cabin is smaller, the seats are also more narrow in the F cabin, and they break down all the time. Are they better than a CRJ-200? Yeah, I guess so. But I wish they were all going to CVG and more 738s were coming to SLC. The 738 is a slightly larger, more efficient plane. It's just as quiet up front, has a better dispatch reliability and better range. I dunno, it guess it's a mixed blessing...
-90s are all based at SLC
because it has superior hot and high performance vs. the MD
-88. The MD
-90 is actually quite efficient on short to medium haul routes. The 737-800 is better suited for longer routes from ATL
, and LAX
. Acquring some additional MD
-90s will allow Delta to free some 737-800s on those longer routes. CVG
doesn't really need the MD
-90, as it sits at a lower altitude than SLC
, so the MD
-88 is used there instead. I know there were a few MD
-90s at DFW
until the DFW
hub was closed.
I personally prefer the MD
-90 over the MD
-88, not just because of the IFE, but because it is a quieter, more powerful aircraft. However I would agree that it is inferior to the 737-800. The MD
-90 was in fact originally supposed to be Delta's 727 replacement, but with its maintenance issues and lack of range is what made Delta go with the 737-800 instead. While the MD
-90's reliability is still lower than standard, mechanical delays are not as frequent as when they were first introduced into the fleet.