Thought it would be fun to look back at the airline world 30 years ago in the USA and compare the fleets to what they have today as well as look at the ones no longer with us. Info is from the book Modern Commercial Aircraft published 1987 and I think I've corrected a couple of errors printed in the book but corrections are welcome.

Air Cal

8 x B733

23 x B732

2 x B731

6 x 146-200

American Airlines

2 x B747SP

10 x DC-10-30

46 x DC-10-10

(+25) x A300

(+15) x B763ER

13 x B762

9 (+8) B762ER

125 x B722

39 x B721

83 (+37) x MD-80

America West

6 (+3) x B752

5 (+21) x B733

25 (+12) x B732

4 x B731

Braniff

22 x B722

Continental

6 x DC-10-30

6 x DC-10-10

6 x A300

50 x B722

14 x B721

16 x DC-9-30

11 x DC-9-10

23 (+additional) x B733

15 x MD-80

Delta

35 x L-1011

13 x DC-8-71

15 x B762

(+9) x B763

19 (+41) x B752

102 x B722

33 x B732

36 x DC-9-30

(+30) x MD-80

Eastern Air Lines

24 x L-1011

32 x A300B4

2 x A300B2

22 (+5) B752

95 x B722

32 x B721

21 x DC-9-50

58 x DC-9-30

Midway Airlines

7 x B732

11 x DC-9-30

9 x DC-9-10

New York Air

9 (+additional) x B733

6 x MD-80

19 x DC-9-30

Northwest Airlines

(+10) x B744

20 (+3) x B742

6 x B742F

12 x B741

20 x DC-10-40

23 (+10) x B752

74 x B722

9 x B721

(+10) x A320

8 x MD-80

28 x DC-9-50

64 x DC-9-30

34 x DC-9-10

13 x Convair 580

Pacific Southwest Airlines

31 x MD-80

4 x DC-9-30

20 (+4) x 146-200

Pan American World Airways

7 x B742

36 x B741

12 x A300

7 x A310-200

(+12) A310-300

(+16) A320

38 x B722

12 x B732

Piedmont Airlines

34 x B722

19 (+17) B733

63 x B732

45 x F28

Presidential

8 x B732

6 (+9) x 146-200

Southwest Airlines

17 (+15) B733

46 x B732

Trans World Airlines

20 x B741/B742

35 x L-1011

10 x B762

56 x B722

26 x B721

19 x MD-80

United Airlines

(+6) x B742

13 x B741

11 x B747SP

7 x DC-10-30

44 x DC-10-10

6 x L-1011

29 x DC-8-71

19 x B762

104 x B722

50 x B721

10 (+100) x B733

74 x B732

US Air

10 x B722

21 (+27) x B733

23 x B732

70 x DC-9-30

(+20) F28-100

20 x BAC-111

Western Airlines

9 x DC-10-10

38 x B722

13 x B733

28 (+14) x B732

Air Cal

8 x B733

23 x B732

2 x B731

6 x 146-200

American Airlines

2 x B747SP

10 x DC-10-30

46 x DC-10-10

(+25) x A300

(+15) x B763ER

13 x B762

9 (+8) B762ER

125 x B722

39 x B721

83 (+37) x MD-80

America West

6 (+3) x B752

5 (+21) x B733

25 (+12) x B732

4 x B731

Braniff

22 x B722

Continental

6 x DC-10-30

6 x DC-10-10

6 x A300

50 x B722

14 x B721

16 x DC-9-30

11 x DC-9-10

23 (+additional) x B733

15 x MD-80

Delta

35 x L-1011

13 x DC-8-71

15 x B762

(+9) x B763

19 (+41) x B752

102 x B722

33 x B732

36 x DC-9-30

(+30) x MD-80

Eastern Air Lines

24 x L-1011

32 x A300B4

2 x A300B2

22 (+5) B752

95 x B722

32 x B721

21 x DC-9-50

58 x DC-9-30

Midway Airlines

7 x B732

11 x DC-9-30

9 x DC-9-10

New York Air

9 (+additional) x B733

6 x MD-80

19 x DC-9-30

Northwest Airlines

(+10) x B744

20 (+3) x B742

6 x B742F

12 x B741

20 x DC-10-40

23 (+10) x B752

74 x B722

9 x B721

(+10) x A320

8 x MD-80

28 x DC-9-50

64 x DC-9-30

34 x DC-9-10

13 x Convair 580

Pacific Southwest Airlines

31 x MD-80

4 x DC-9-30

20 (+4) x 146-200

Pan American World Airways

7 x B742

36 x B741

12 x A300

7 x A310-200

(+12) A310-300

(+16) A320

38 x B722

12 x B732

Piedmont Airlines

34 x B722

19 (+17) B733

63 x B732

45 x F28

Presidential

8 x B732

6 (+9) x 146-200

Southwest Airlines

17 (+15) B733

46 x B732

Trans World Airlines

20 x B741/B742

35 x L-1011

10 x B762

56 x B722

26 x B721

19 x MD-80

United Airlines

(+6) x B742

13 x B741

11 x B747SP

7 x DC-10-30

44 x DC-10-10

6 x L-1011

29 x DC-8-71

19 x B762

104 x B722

50 x B721

10 (+100) x B733

74 x B732

US Air

10 x B722

21 (+27) x B733

23 x B732

70 x DC-9-30

(+20) F28-100

20 x BAC-111

Western Airlines

9 x DC-10-10

38 x B722

13 x B733

28 (+14) x B732

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That. Was. Awesome.

Thank you!

Can you clarify the (+) number? What does that refer to?

Thank you!

Can you clarify the (+) number? What does that refer to?

Southeast Of Disorder

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barney captain wrote:That. Was. Awesome.

Thank you!

Can you clarify the (+) number? What does that refer to?

Forthcoming orders, I presume.

Vahroone

barney captain wrote:Can you clarify the (+) number? What does that refer to?

Orders in place at that time.

Your company has grown just a tad in 30 years I would say!

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Interesting thanks. Pre regulation fleets.

"Never mistake motion for action." Ernest Hemingway

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71Zulu wrote:barney captain wrote:Can you clarify the (+) number? What does that refer to?

Orders in place at that time.

Your company has grown just a tad in 30 years I would say!

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Just a bit! Thanks for sharing!

Southeast Of Disorder

Lovely!

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71Zulu wrote:Thought it would be fun to look back at the airline world 30 years ago in the USA ....

I've consolidated your list somewhat (meh, it's what I do - if you don't like it, bite me!)

You have a total of just over 3000 a/c (3071 give or take)

Just 8% are nasty foreign imports

Unfortunately, nearly 2000 (70%) of those were

Of the oddballs; the French A300s just beat the Dutch Fokkers (71 vs 65) with the poor old Brits knocked into last place (45x HS146)

The old guard are represented by some super quiet DC-8s (re-engined -71s), and a handful of ultra noisy BAC-1-11s

The even older guard comprised Northwest's CV-580s and DC-9-10s - are you sure about both those types, in '87?

That's all folks.

I promised myself I'd leave before the party turned ugly. I would quit at 1000 !

Here I am stuck at 994; each time I'm tempted to post, I find myself wondering who will even read it / what is the point?

Or maybe I've just got nothing left to say.

Here I am stuck at 994; each time I'm tempted to post, I find myself wondering who will even read it / what is the point?

Or maybe I've just got nothing left to say.

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Definitely a walk down memory lane. I spent all of 1986 and 1987 in the Lower Lobe galley of AA's formidable DC-10-10 fleet. I went to the International Operation in 1988 and worked the DC-10-30s, both those with Main Deck Galleys (mostly Air NZ and KLM) and those with Lower Lobe Galleys (former Pan Am). In 1988, and several times throughout the years, I had the pleasure of working N142AA, which I flew as a child when she was brand spanking new with National Airlines as N83NA "Timmi."

I am very lucky to have avoided flying the Super 80 and now, as the fleet dwindles, was permitted to drop my qualification.

I am very lucky to have avoided flying the Super 80 and now, as the fleet dwindles, was permitted to drop my qualification.

You forgot TWA DC-9's from Ozark merger in 1986 that were flying in 1987.

4 MD-82, 3 DC-9-40, 36 DC-9-31/32, & 7 DC-9-10's.

4 MD-82, 3 DC-9-40, 36 DC-9-31/32, & 7 DC-9-10's.

100 L1011's in service.....happy days

Where World operating any scheduled services in 1987?

Where World operating any scheduled services in 1987?

L1011 - P F M

I would add TranStar Airlines with their fleet of purple MD80s.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TranStar_ ... _Hobby.jpg

Piedmont also had 767s which they launched on 6/15/87. They had 4 by the end of the year and a total of 6 by the time of the merger with US in 8/89.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TranStar_ ... _Hobby.jpg

Piedmont also had 767s which they launched on 6/15/87. They had 4 by the end of the year and a total of 6 by the time of the merger with US in 8/89.

Pics would be great! It looks like there was more competition back them amazingly... lots of legacies too!

A lot of 727's in the skies back then! Those were the days!

TranStar Airlines

(not in the book but from planespotters)

7 x DC-9-50

8 x MD-82

2 x MD-83

Trans World Airlines

(corrected)

20 x B741/B742

35 x L-1011

10 x B762

56 x B722

26 x B721

4 x MD-82

19 x MD-80

3 x DC-9-40

36 x DC-9-30

7 x DC-9-10

(not in the book but from planespotters)

7 x DC-9-50

8 x MD-82

2 x MD-83

Trans World Airlines

(corrected)

20 x B741/B742

35 x L-1011

10 x B762

56 x B722

26 x B721

4 x MD-82

19 x MD-80

3 x DC-9-40

36 x DC-9-30

7 x DC-9-10

71Zulu wrote:Trans World Airlines

(corrected)

20 x B741/B742

35 x L-1011

10 x B762

56 x B722

26 x B7214 x MD-82

19 x MD-80

3 x DC-9-40

36 x DC-9-30

7 x DC-9-10

I had the impression, that all MD-80s of TWA were MD-82s with the first four MD-83s delivered in 1987?

Regards

Dedicated for the MD-80, MD-90, MD-95 ehhh...Boeing 717, and DC-9: http://www.MD-80.com

Not to mention the cities that were large hubs at the time like STL with TWA, and PIT with USAir. And the frequency of commuter flights they had on Trans World Express and USAir Express. If you have a chance to glance thru a pocket OAG, unbelievable! What I really liked was the small cities that had large jets and today they have next to nothing. Going back a little further to October, 1982, Ozark was running DC-9's into places like Mason City and Fort Dodge, Iowa and Frontier was all jet running 737's into Farmington, NM and Riverton, WY among many others.

Here is Air Canada, nice fleet!

Air Canada

2 x B742

3 x B741

8 x L-1011-100

6 x L-1011-500

7 x DC-8-73F

14 x B762

36 x B722

35 x DC-9-30

Air Canada

2 x B742

3 x B741

8 x L-1011-100

6 x L-1011-500

7 x DC-8-73F

14 x B762

36 x B722

35 x DC-9-30

Air Atlanta

Alaska

Aloha

Hawaiian

MGM Grand Air

Midwest Express

Alaska

Aloha

Hawaiian

MGM Grand Air

Midwest Express

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afcjets wrote:Air Atlanta

Aloha

Hawaiian

Midwest Express

None are in the book surprisingly.

We will have to figure it out.

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71Zulu wrote:afcjets wrote:Air Atlanta

Aloha

Hawaiian

Midwest Express

None are in the book surprisingly.

We will have to figure it out.

Is there nobody here with a copy of "JP"? I'm sure I've got a few old copies up in the attic, covered in dust.

And here's an old thread bemoaning it's ultimate demise.

viewtopic.php?t=822271

I promised myself I'd leave before the party turned ugly. I would quit at 1000 !

Here I am stuck at 994; each time I'm tempted to post, I find myself wondering who will even read it / what is the point?

Or maybe I've just got nothing left to say.

Here I am stuck at 994; each time I'm tempted to post, I find myself wondering who will even read it / what is the point?

Or maybe I've just got nothing left to say.

This was my favorite book growing up. It is where I first learned that United had L1011's (from Pan Am) and Midway bought Air Florida.

A few interesting things I noticed:

The Continental fleet does not reflect the PEOPLExpress/Frontier merger. Missing are the 737's. It was February 1, 1987 when NY, PE, and FL were folded under the CO umbrella. Also noteworthy is the fact that Continental only operated 27 DC-9's which I assume all came from Texas International. So an airline with a fleet of 27 airplanes bought a company the size of Continental!

The Eastern fleet does not display the 3 DC-10's that came on board in 1985. In fact, I think by 1987 they were down to 2 of them. One used from LAX-MIA-Buenos Aires-Santiago and the other used from JFK-MIA-Buenos Aires-Santiago with rare appearances at SJU, BOS, ATL, and Panama City.

Northwest Convairs did indeed exist as a left over from the Republic merger. It was so neat to see a Northwest Convair in MKE parked by a Northwest 747.

Mainline America West Dash 8's. Three years later they would operate them along side of 747s!

A few interesting things I noticed:

The Continental fleet does not reflect the PEOPLExpress/Frontier merger. Missing are the 737's. It was February 1, 1987 when NY, PE, and FL were folded under the CO umbrella. Also noteworthy is the fact that Continental only operated 27 DC-9's which I assume all came from Texas International. So an airline with a fleet of 27 airplanes bought a company the size of Continental!

The Eastern fleet does not display the 3 DC-10's that came on board in 1985. In fact, I think by 1987 they were down to 2 of them. One used from LAX-MIA-Buenos Aires-Santiago and the other used from JFK-MIA-Buenos Aires-Santiago with rare appearances at SJU, BOS, ATL, and Panama City.

Northwest Convairs did indeed exist as a left over from the Republic merger. It was so neat to see a Northwest Convair in MKE parked by a Northwest 747.

Mainline America West Dash 8's. Three years later they would operate them along side of 747s!

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midway7 wrote:A lot of 727's in the skies back then! Those were the days!

Was just thinking the same.

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Sort of surprised DL and EA are the only 757 operators, as well as the number of 721s still flying.

A310/319/320/321/333, ARJ, BN2, B717/722/73S/733/734/735/73G/738/739/744/757/753/767/763/764/777, CR1/2/7/9, DH6, 328, EM2/ERJ/E70/E75/E90, F28/100, J31, L10/12/15, DC9/D93/D94/D95/M80/M88/M90/D10, SF3, SST

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keesje wrote:Interesting thanks.Preregulation fleets.

Pre-regulation? Not sure what point you are trying to make. US airline

SheikhDjibouti wrote:The storm on the horizon....that's the two barely significant orders for a grand total of just 26 Airbus A320.

Spot on. The best replacement for all those 727s was the A320, at least until the 738 came out and gave it some competition. Boeing really stepped on its dingus. They dorked around with concepts like 7J7 for far too long. The fox was in the hen house by the time they got their act together. Oh well, I guess there's some benefits to a nice comfortable duopoly.

Wake up to find out that you are the eyes of the world

The heart has it's beaches, it's homeland and thoughts of it's own

Wake now, discover that you are the song that the morning brings

The heart has it's seasons, it's evenings and songs of it's own

The heart has it's beaches, it's homeland and thoughts of it's own

Wake now, discover that you are the song that the morning brings

The heart has it's seasons, it's evenings and songs of it's own

I can see now why I was tired of always being on a 727.

I can drive faster than you

What a great idea for a topic. This was a great year (still) for being able to fly on (and spot) a wide variety of aircraft.

How come I can't upload an avatar photo to my profile?

Ah 1987. The year I had my first airplane trip. A very young kid and an airplane trip. Of course I remember. It was from either FAR or GFK with a plane change in DEN (Stapleton) and then on to ELP all on Continental. Something tells me that the ND to DEN leg was a bit of a milk run as I remember a stop or two on the way.

As a kid flying through a hub like DEN it would appear like there were 100's of gold tails there but in reviewing those fleet numbers there obviously wasn't that many.

As a kid flying through a hub like DEN it would appear like there were 100's of gold tails there but in reviewing those fleet numbers there obviously wasn't that many.

Planecrzy

I had this same book (Modern Commercial Aircraft) as a kid and I remember the fleet listings well! I used to pore over those for hours. I have a version of the book from 1981 that's just as interesting (and has Braniff in it!) ... I'll have to post it when I get home in a few days.

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DeltaRules wrote:Sort of surprised DL and EA are the only 757 operators, as well as the number of 721s still flying.

NW also. NW got its first 757 in 1985 not long after DL and EA did.

Ben Soriano

shankly wrote:100 L1011's in service.....happy days

Where World operating any scheduled services in 1987?

World Airways 'were' operating scheduled flights in 1987.

At least as far as transatlantic flights are concerned World Airways initially started DC10-30 operations from BOS to LGW in April 1980 on a temporary 12 month award license which was transferred a year later to Northwest Orient with B742.

In exchange World Airways was awarded BWI to LGW which started in May 1981 with an extension to FRA, these flights were still around in 1987.

MoKa777 wrote:Why so few 757?

After initial orders for the Boeing 757, the commercial success of Boeing 757-sales was relatively disappointing. Early customers received their 757s and continued to receive them, while some Asian companies as well as European charter operators opted to take the Boeing 757. In some important tenders, the Boeing 757 lost - mainly because the Boeing 757 was seen as too large to be used economically.

The number of deliveries sharply increased, after American and United ordered large numbers of Boeing 757s and an attractive number of additional sales were made.

My contribution:

Aero Lloyd:

3 x Caravelle 10B

3 x Douglas DC-9-32

2 x McDonnell Douglas MD-83

Until the end of 1987, the following customers introduced the MD-80:

AirSur, Aviaco, BIA, China Eastern Airlines (CAAC), Delta Air Lines, LAC, Minerve, Paramount Airways, Spantax, Transwede

Austrian Airlines and Finnair introduced their first MD-87s and Iberia made huge headlines in December 1987 with a long awaited fleet-renewal order, including a decision to order 15 Airbus A320s, 17 McDonnell Douglas MD-87s and eight Airbus A340s.

Regards

Dedicated for the MD-80, MD-90, MD-95 ehhh...Boeing 717, and DC-9: http://www.MD-80.com

MD80 wrote:MoKa777 wrote:Why so few 757?

After initial orders for the Boeing 757, the commercial success of Boeing 757-sales was relatively disappointing. Early customers received their 757s and continued to receive them, while some Asian companies as well as European charter operators opted to take the Boeing 757. In some important tenders, the Boeing 757 lost - mainly because the Boeing 757 was seen as too large to be used economically.

The number of deliveries sharply increased, after American and United ordered large numbers of Boeing 757s and an attractive number of additional sales were made.

My contribution:

Aero Lloyd:

3 x Caravelle 10B

3 x Douglas DC-9-32

2 x McDonnell Douglas MD-83

Until the end of 1987, the following customers introduced the MD-80:

AirSur, Aviaco, BIA, China Eastern Airlines (CAAC), Delta Air Lines, LAC, Minerve, Paramount Airways, Spantax, Transwede

Austrian Airlines and Finnair introduced their first MD-87s and Iberia made huge headlines in December 1987 with a long awaited fleet-renewal order, including a decision to order 15 Airbus A320s, 17 McDonnell Douglas MD-87s and eight Airbus A340s.

Regards

Thank you for that excellent information!

Never be proud. Always be grateful.

71Zulu wrote:Here is Air Canada, nice fleet!

Air Canada

2 x B742

3 x B741

8 x L-1011-100

6 x L-1011-500

7 x DC-8-73F

14 x B762

36 x B722

35 x DC-9-30

Just slightly different then what AC list on their website for their fleet count at the time of their 50th anniversary in 87.

5 x 741

14 x 1011-100

8 x DC-8

35 x DC-9

33 x 727-220

14 x 767-200

http://moments.aircanada.com/timeline/1 ... -big-year/

Planecrzy

AeroMexico

3 x DC-10-30

2 x DC-10-15

5 x DC-8-50

9 x MD-80

16 x DC-9-30

8 x DC-9-10

Mexicana

5 x DC-10-15

40 x B722

3 x DC-10-30

2 x DC-10-15

5 x DC-8-50

9 x MD-80

16 x DC-9-30

8 x DC-9-10

Mexicana

5 x DC-10-15

40 x B722

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71Zulu wrote:Thought it would be fun to look back at the airline world 30 years ago in the USA

It's your thread, so apart from the ambiguous title, you can set your own criteria.

Since your opening post, where you listed every major US airline, we've had Air Canada, Pacific Western, Aero Lloyd (from Germany??) and now AeroMexico & Mexicana.

Not surprisingly, I'm a little confused, and clearly I'm not the only one.

Are we only considering US airlines?

Are you including Canada, because it's a big part of North America.

Are you including Mexico, because it isn't.....

Just asking, because FWIW Aurigny's fleet has changed quite a bit since '87; for a start they are no longer operating the Trislander

I promised myself I'd leave before the party turned ugly. I would quit at 1000 !

Here I am stuck at 994; each time I'm tempted to post, I find myself wondering who will even read it / what is the point?

Or maybe I've just got nothing left to say.

Here I am stuck at 994; each time I'm tempted to post, I find myself wondering who will even read it / what is the point?

Or maybe I've just got nothing left to say.

SheikhDjibouti wrote:It's your thread, so apart from the ambiguous title, you can set your own criteria.

Since your opening post, where you listed every major US airline, we've had Air Canada, Pacific Western, Aero Lloyd (from Germany??) and now AeroMexico & Mexicana.

Not surprisingly, I'm a little confused, and clearly I'm not the only one.

Are we only considering US airlines?

Are you including Canada, because it's a big part of North America.

Are you including Mexico, because it isn't.....

Just asking, because FWIW Aurigny's fleet has changed quite a bit since '87; for a start they are no longer operating the Trislander

I regret limiting it to the USA but can't edit the first post now, it should have been open to all airlines and I would like to add some more.

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71Zulu wrote:I regret limiting it to the USA but can't edit the first post now, it should have been open to all airlines and I would like to add some more.

Er, wow. That's opening up a huge box of trouble.

e.g.

Ryanair (1987) - just two types;

1 x EMB110 Bandeirante - 1

1 x HS748

Ryanair (2017) - still just two types;

481 x B738

110 x 737MAX (on order)

But it's not all about the UK. There's Yugoslavia to consider (JAT, Aviogenex, Inex-Adria, etc), and Interflug from somewhere called East Germany, with it's eclectic mix of Il-18, Il-62, & Tu-134.

Plus several other national flag carriers, such as Sabena, Swissair, Balkan Bulgarian Airlines, Olympic Airways, Whatever happened to all of them? Is there any point listing their fleets? Thank goodness that Alitalia is still going strong.

And that's just Europe; don't even get me started on Nigeria Airways or VIASA Venezuela.

The world is truly a different place, and many airlines are unrecognisable compared to what is listed back in '87.

I'll leave it to others here to name their favourites; I wouldn't know where to even start.

Here I am stuck at 994; each time I'm tempted to post, I find myself wondering who will even read it / what is the point?

Or maybe I've just got nothing left to say.

Air France

17 (+1) x B742

15 x B741

13 x A300B4

4 x A300B2

6 x A310-200

8 x Concorde

29 x B722

(+25) x A320

14 x B732

2 x Transall C-160

15 x Fokker F27

British Airways

(+16) x B744

15 (+1) x B742

16 x B741

6 x L-1011-1

3 x L-100-50

8 x L-1011-200

2 x L-1011-500

7 x Concorde

24 (+2) x B752

43 x B732

21 x Bac-111-500

5 x Bac-111-400

6 x BAe 748

Alitalia

12 x B742

8 x A300B4

18 (+6) MD-80

20 x DC-9-30

17 (+1) x B742

15 x B741

13 x A300B4

4 x A300B2

6 x A310-200

8 x Concorde

29 x B722

(+25) x A320

14 x B732

2 x Transall C-160

15 x Fokker F27

British Airways

(+16) x B744

15 (+1) x B742

16 x B741

6 x L-1011-1

3 x L-100-50

8 x L-1011-200

2 x L-1011-500

7 x Concorde

24 (+2) x B752

43 x B732

21 x Bac-111-500

5 x Bac-111-400

6 x BAe 748

Alitalia

12 x B742

8 x A300B4

18 (+6) MD-80

20 x DC-9-30

SheikhDjibouti wrote:71Zulu wrote:Thought it would be fun to look back at the airline world 30 years ago in the USA ....

The even older guard comprised Northwest's CV-580s and DC-9-10s - are you sure about both those types, in '87?

That's all folks.

Yes, the merger with Republic (source of the CV-580s, DC-9s, some 727-200s and RR-powered 757s) had just occurred. The RR 757s fairly quickly went to America West. The DC-9s soldiered on for a long time...including DC-9-10s and others well into the 2000s. Hell, the DC-9-50s were still around with the NW merger into Delta.

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