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mike_mit
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717-200 Thumbs Up? Down?

Wed Feb 21, 2001 5:48 am

What is the buzz on airline satisfaction with the Boeing 717? Any feedback on likely commercial success/failure of the aircraft? Feedback on level of consumer satisfaction/acceptance?

Personally, I'm fond of the aircraft--it looks like an able workhorse--but I'm not sure how long Boeing will produce it.

Thanks ahead for comments.
 
embraer145
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RE: 717-200 Thumbs Up? Down?

Wed Feb 21, 2001 6:13 am

There are fifty of them delivered yet. By six several customers all over the world. I've just read that the aircraft got his certificates for Russia and Ukraine.
That good be a good market for a so called workhorse.
I think it has potential for several years, especially when they get some more orders from that area.
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RE: 717-200 Thumbs Up? Down?

Wed Feb 21, 2001 6:21 am

I think that both AirTran and TWA have both been experiencing better than expected efficiency and fuel burn, which can only make them happier.
 
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RE: 717-200 Thumbs Up? Down?

Wed Feb 21, 2001 6:24 am

If you wanna know what customers of the 717 are saying, play one of the videos on boeing's 717 page.

here it is
http://www.boeing.com/commercial/717/index.html
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RE: 717-200 Thumbs Up? Down?

Wed Feb 21, 2001 7:41 am

I've always liked DC-9s, MD-80s, etc. because of their 2 -3 seating configuration, so I think I'll like the 717 as well. Good power to weight as well.
 
AY-MD11
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RE: 717-200 Thumbs Up? Down?

Wed Feb 21, 2001 7:45 am

it looks like a nice a/c my thumbs are up!


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RE: 717-200 Thumbs Up? Down?

Wed Feb 21, 2001 7:51 am

Thumbs down!
I liked this plane better when it was a DC-9!
Bring back the Concorde
 
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RE: 717-200 Thumbs Up? Down?

Wed Feb 21, 2001 8:33 am

As a passenger (on TWA), I have enjoyed flying on this plane. I have sat in both FC and coach. While its layout inside is kind of like a DC9, it is vastly upgraded, with modern bins and a lighted handrail under the bins. It is very quiet inside, although there is a rushing air sound in the front; not noisy, but interesting that the engines are so quiet that it is actually quieter in the rear sometimes than up front! From a pax perspective at least, it feels like it accelerates as hard and fast as a 757, if not more so. Those BMW/RR engines really make a difference. When hand-flown, it feels stable and maneuverable; I have been in a waved-off approach (guy in front of us didn't clear the runway), so I got to see how it can maneuver when it has to. Most noticeable -- the fresh air. Even after a multi-hour flight, because the air isn't recirculated at all, it doesn't feel musty in the plane. I had forgotten about that fresh-air feature, and remarked to myself how fresh the air seemed, then recalled that fact from some Boeing publicity on the plane.

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RE: 717-200 Thumbs Up? Down?

Wed Feb 21, 2001 9:17 am

The 717 seems to be the perfect choice in its class. The thing is the quietest "big jet" in the skies, its downright silent inside. I am sure we all remember that MD-80s, despite being the quietest in their class have that unbearable rear 3-4 rows where you get absolutely blown away by engine noice.....

Back to the 717. Its been reported that they are getting more range and using less fuel in everyday use than originally predicted by Boeing and MD. That along with the fact that the 717 is 15-20% cheaper to buy than a comparable 737, is much quieter and gets better "gas mileage" I think that after it catches on it will be a great success.

Anyone who has ridden on a 717 can appreciate the power of those sweet BMW- Rolls Royce engines! Wow, you go down the runway like a rocket! I recall talking to a pilot I use to work with who flew DC-9-10s for Evergreen, he said that those little DC-9s were the ultimate sports-jet, they just screamed! So I guess that the 717, with twice the thrust must be equally fun to fly.
 
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RE: 717-200 Thumbs Up? Down?

Wed Feb 21, 2001 9:21 am

I think the fact the 717-200 has proven to be a better plane than anticipated is the reason why Boeing is really hoping that American Airlines will take up the production slots for the 712 and maybe buy as many as 120 planes to replace the Fokker F100 fleet.

The 712 would be perfect for shorter flights out of ORD and also intra-Texas flights from DFW.
 
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RE: 717-200 Thumbs Up? Down?

Wed Feb 21, 2001 9:26 am

Has Boeing made any improvements to the 717?
 
Citation X
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RE: 717-200 Thumbs Up? Down?

Wed Feb 21, 2001 2:14 pm

I was wondering whether Boeing would in the future introduce a so-called 'gravel-kit' like those B732s for operations to unpaved runways?
 
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RE: 717-200 Wjcandee

Thu Feb 22, 2001 1:13 am

Wjcandee,

IM glad it wasnt just me that noticed the wind noise thought it was quieter in coach then up front. I guess the optimal place to sit is just in front of the wings.

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