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An African Milk Run - African Express MD-82/DC9-32

Wed Jul 30, 2014 5:43 pm

African Milk Run Dubai – Berbera – Mogadishu – Wajir – Nairobi with MD82/DC9-32








BACKGROUND





African Express is a Kenyan company based in Nairobi specializing in providing air transport in and out of many destinations of Somalia. They have been operating a very interesting milk run from Dubai to Nairobi via Berbera, Mogadishu and Wajir for many years. I have wanted to do this flight since I moved to UAE in 2011 but due to my busy schedule I have been delaying it. Since May 2014, African Express have modified their schedule a little by using 2 planes (MD-82 and DC-9-32) to serve the milk run. The MD-82 is now based in Mogadishu and doing turns between Dubai and Mogadishu and stops in between. The DC-9-32 is based in Nairobi, it operates Nairobi – Mogadishu – Wajir – Nairobi flight that connect well for passengers coming off the MD-82 flight in Mogadishu onward to Nairobi.



My friends Charles, Ian and myself all wanted to go to Kenya to fly “the oldest passenger jet” in the world, which is a 1966 built DC-9-14 operates by FLYSAX. We were seeking an interesting way to get to Nairobi other than flying nonstop on A320 Qatar Airways or Etihad etc. At the right time, African Express have just published the new schedule which involves their very shy ad rare 1968 built DC-9-32 to operate on the second half of the milk run, so we have a perfect solution to get to Kenya!



Getting African Express ticket is not an easy task. Travel agent will only sell ticket to Berbera or Mogadishu. No ordinary passenger would like to fly multi stop flight through Somalia to Nairobi. So I have to wait for two days for African Express to get a fare quote for me. Fatima in Sharjah office was particularly helpful and did not raise any eyebrow on my milk run flight idea. She instructed the GSA in Abu Dhabi to issue 3 hand written conjunction ticket with a change of flight in Mogadishu. One way ticket to Nairobi cost 2,360 Dhs each (abour 650 dollars) From that point onward, everything else has been taken care of by the airline!





There is already an excellent written report by abrelosojos on African Express in 2009 for your viewing reference.

AFR EXP XU 522: 20/NOV/09: DXB-BBO-MGQ-WJR-NBO: J (by Abrelosojos Jan 28 2010 in Trip Reports)




DAY OF DEPARTURE





African Express departs very early at 6:30am from Terminal 2 of Dubai, which used to be a Ghetto like terminal. Haven’t set foot in T 2 since my Fars Air Qeshm Yak-42 flight in 2011. (Report written by Roni)

Yak Attack!: Fars Air Qeshm Yak-42D (by ronerone Apr 29 2011 in Trip Reports)



Terminal 2 have now been transformed too much larger size and most airlines have moved to Terminal 1 with the few exception of airlines from Iran, Afghanistan and African Express



We arrived at check-in counter about 4:30am and were greeted by duty manager Mr James. He has received message from Fatima in the sales office to look after us. Charles was able to secure an airside transit from Terminal 1 to Terminal 2 after arriving few hours earlier on BA flight from London.



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The check in was rather orderly. I was expecting more baggage than passenger!



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Photo with station manager Mr James, who really looked after us well.





Lounge pass were kindly granted to us although we are flying Economy!

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The departure FIDS screen dominated by Fly Dubai.





Merhaba Lounge in Terminal 2

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Good amount of food and drinks on offer.

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The catering comes from Emirates Flight Kitchen. Very good taste!

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The departure call was made 1 hour prior to departure. I think you would understand the reason why J



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The agent took their time to process each passenger through to the bus. Our plane is actually parked very far from Terminal 2.


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MD-82 5Y-AXN Ex-Alitalia



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Manager James whispered to me that there were 3 seats left in Business class and he told us to take those seats quietly!  http://www.samchuiphotos.com/XU/15.JPG





ONBOARD



Flight: XU522

Dubai – Berbera

Flight time 3hrs

FL320, Mach 0.756

Passengers: 154/155

ATD 0630

ATA 0850



There are total of 14 business class seat and 141 economy class seat on this MD-82.



The 3 of us sat in 1A, 1B and 1F. Legroom is limited in Row 1



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Wake up, you’re flying to Mogadishu!

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No prize on guessing which airline this MD80 was from!



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Economy is almost full.

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Rear view of Business cabin.

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We took off on time on Runway 30L of Dubai. Making a big turn over Dubai city towards Oman and Saudi Arabia. Flight time to Berbera is 3 hours with cruising level at 32,000 feet. Breakfast is served.


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After the breakfast, we were invited to the cockpit. The captain is from Venezulea and co-pilot is from Kenya. The captain is very nice and completely understands from an aviation enthusiast point of view. He offers us to stay in the cockpit for landing for all the sectors!



This particular MD-82 has upgraded avionics.


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While there is only 1 jumpseat in the cockpit and 3 aviation enthusiasts. We used a simple game of paper, rock, scissors to decide who gets the jumpseat. But that didn’t go well J So we end up writing our name on piece of paper and let a Somali passenger to decide our fate. Ian got the landing in Berbera, I got the takeoff in Berbera and Charles got the final landing in Mogadishu!



While I missed out the landing opportunity, the captain was so kind to offer mount my camera on the dashboard of the MD-80 so he can record the landing for me.

http://www.samchuiphotos.com/XU/25.JPG



HIGHLY RECOMMENDED



Please view the landing into Berbera on below Youtube video. It is not far from landing on Mars!



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3DK_Q6rR0E



Temperate was soaring to 42 degrees with gusty wind as you can see from landing video. From June to August is stormy and wet season for Somalia. I have been informed the colour is amazing in winter, which I should do the same flight again!





Interesting history of Berbera Airport from Wikipedia:



The Berbera airport has a 4,140m (13,582ft) runway, one of the longest on the continent.The runway was built by the Soviet Union (USSR) in the mid-1970s in order to counter the United States' military presence in the region. It was rented by NASA at a cost of $40 million USD per year,and used as an emergency landing site for the Space Shuttle from 1980 until 1991, when the government of former President of Somalia Siad Barre collapsed.





BERBERA





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All the transit passengers to Mogadishu were requested to remain onboard while half of the plane load got off in Berbera. The bus and cars can drive pretty much straight up to the plane. Who needs a parking lot?



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The captain took us for a walk up around the plane. We seized this opportunity to take more photos.



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Ian and Charlie flew this particular IL-18 with Daallo Airlines in the background, when it was still in service 3 years ago! Legends!


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This photo was taken later from the cockpit, where the captain slow down the taxi to allow me photograph “a side on” photo of her!


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Your high tech onboard office!

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Total 65 passengers were joining the flight.


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This MD-82 has really nice feature for pilot.

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ONWARD FOR MOGADISHU





Flight: XU522

Berbera- Mogadishu

Flight time 1hr45mins

FL320

ATD 0930

ATA 1115





It was quite an uneventful 1.5 hour flight to Mogadishu. Drinks were served in the cabin. The only noticeable thing was the passengers going to Mogadishu has more stern, angryier look than the ones got off in Berbera. I interpret this as a result of many years of civil war. They look unmoved and rather unfriendly towards foreigners. I think there were only 3 foreigners on the plane.


Charlie got the jumpseat on this leg and my camera is on the dashboard with the support of a towel!


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Landing into Mogadishu is preferred from the sea to avoid any risk of anti aircraft gun fire. As far as I know, a B747F landed from the city side OK. Even with 14 knots of tail wind, we were landing from the sea and not taking any chances!




HIGHLY RECOMMENDED





Please view the landing into Mogadishu. We landed smoothly and took almost the whole runway to slow down. You can hear the pilots commentary on landing into Mogadishu. You may notice there are some containers next to the airport, those are hotel equivalent safe accommodations



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FbqfuhE1rgQ



AT MOGADISHU




After we landed, the African Express DC-9-32 is already arrived on the apron. With two planes arriving almost at the same time, the airport became crowded.



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This is not just an ordinary photo with a DC-9, this is our group in Mogadishu!

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Station manager in Dubai have already informed Mogadishu about our connection there, an agent came and took us from the MD-80 to the next plane, DC-9-32! That’s the transit formality and it was done in less than 2 minutes! Our MD80 captain came over to the DC-9 and took some farewell photo with us! What a nice guy!

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Charlie on the apron of Mogadishu. He fancy a night or two there next time!

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The worried transit turned out to be a piece of cake and as enjoyable as it can. We were in Mogadishu for less than hour before taking off to Kenya. Would love to see more of the country on next visit.





ONBOARD THE 1968 BUILT DC-9





African Express DC-9-32 is one of the rarest one in the region and one of the most senior one. (46 years old, 13 years older than me!). The crew welcome us onboard and allow us to seat in Business Class despite some confusion from the ground staff. Depsite the age, the DC-9 cabin was well maintained.

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While waiting last passengers, I took the opportunity to visit the cockpit and have some nice conversation with the pilots. They’re all very very proud of their DC-9!


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MOGADISHU – WAJIR





Flight: XU528

Mogadishu – Wajir

DC-9-32 5Y-AXF

Flight time 1hr5mins

FL280, speed 280 knots

ATD 1150

ATA 1255

POB 88



The stop at Wajir is needed for Kenyan authorities to clear all passengers arriving from Somalia. All baggage will be screened and arriving formalities will be done in Wajir, hence adding an extra stop for the milk run.



Lunch is served on this flight, catered from a local restaurant. A Member of Parliament from Somalia is onboard sitting opposite me; we have some casual chat about how to attract Chinese development into Somalia…….blah blah blah……

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Fish with rice and salad.

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B747SP on a DC-9 safety card! Passengers may think every plan looks like a Jumbo Jet!

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My friend Ian is in the cockpit for landing into Wajir, so I went to the rear of the DC-9 to get some video footage. It is another landing on Mars!

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Beautiful African Express crew

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After smooth landing, passenger disembark using rear doors.

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WAJIR STOP





Apart from our arrival, there is a UN Dash-8 also arrived from Somalia to clear immigration in Wajir.

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Baggage re-screening underway.

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We got our visa on arrival into Kenya (USD 50 cost) and proceed to waiting lounge for re-boarding. The stopover in Wajir is just one hour.

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Enjoying my time in Wajir, Kenya. Without the stopover, I would never able to visit this airport in my life!

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WAJIR – NAIROBI





Flight: XU528

Wajir - Nairobi

DC-9-32 5Y-AXF

Flight time 1hr5mins

FL280, speed 280 knots

ATD 1355

ATA 1500 (arriving 30 mins ahead of schedule!)

POB 87



We boarded from the rear of the plane, I walked all the way to the cockpit to take my seat J 1 passenger got off in Wajir, we have a total of 87 onward to Nairobi.

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Looks complicated!

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During the whole flight the Master Caution alarm on the DC-9 keep coming up, the pilot have to push it to reset it almost every 2 minute. The reason is due to Air Cond Supply Temp High

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Our flight data

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Approach into Nairobi is beautiful, the clouds in Africa looks huge. The runway is situated on a highland or terrain. We landed smoothly at 5,500 feet (I didn’t know NBO is quite high!) The most enjoyed part is watching the pilot flying the DC-9 manually from takeoff to landing. A lot more interesting than the modern glass cockpit.

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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED





Please see the takeoff and landing video from Wajir into Nairobi.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=koYH5snAtrM



One last look of our DC-9-32.

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At immigration, we encountered the same problem like Abrelosojos. 3 of us are not on the passenger manifest name. The immigration control is tight with arrivals from Somalia, even cleared already in Wajir. After 15 minutes of waiting and describing our trip, we were allowed into the country!




THOUGHTS





To be able to fly from Dubai to Nairobi on a highly unconventional route through Somalia is such an eye-opener that broadened my horizon. I enjoyed every minute of it because together we were able to pull it off with ease with all the problem. Thanks to the very friendly and proud captain of the MD-82 and DC-9, we were treated to cockpit takeoff and landing on every sector of the run! A chance doesn’t exist much more elsewhere. The real delight comes from watching these skilful airmen flying their classic jet manually! A trip like this was exhilarating, but infinitely rewarding!

I would like to thank my fellow companion travellers, they have definitely make the trip much more entertaining. Our aviation friendship was amazing!



Bonus photo

At Carnivore Restaurant, Nairobi next to Wilson Airport. All you can eat!

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Comments and feedback are always welcome!



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RE: An African Milk Run - African Express MD-82/DC9-32

Wed Jul 30, 2014 9:17 pm

Great report Sam!
The video was great! It seems like the officials aren't very strict on where you go on the airfield when taking pictures
The DC9 must have been a great experience!
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Wed Jul 30, 2014 9:35 pm

Hi Sam,

this report is fantastic! I would love to take this flight and it's lovely to see how this little airline took so good care of you guys. I was shocked by the state of the runway in Berbera.... Incredible what planes can do  
 
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Wed Jul 30, 2014 9:50 pm

Absolutely stunning report Sam    .

I definitely enjoyed Alex's fabulous story, and getting your perspective of that peculiar service is also very much appreciated. All your high quality videos have been watched and i liked every bit of them. The landscapes in Somalia are really beautiful ! Thank you so much for your effort.

Do you roughly know for how long these birds will still be able to fly?

Many thanks for sharing

PS: Which type of meat did you like the most at the carnivore restaurant? on my side, ostrich meat appeared as a nice discovery   .
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RE: An African Milk Run - African Express MD-82/DC9-32

Thu Jul 31, 2014 6:24 am

What a report, Sam!

The landing into Mogadishu was kinda scary - with the tailwind and the fear of drawing fire from the ground even though your approach was from the sea. Great to see the MD-82 captain encouraging aviation enthusiasts.

The DC-9 cockpit looks vintage! The aircraft cabin looks pretty well maintained though.

Thanks for sharing!

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Thu Jul 31, 2014 6:56 am

Thanks for another amazing report with amazing pictures !

Very good to see you try out this rare and original route!

Glad that you were able to fly on that old DC-9.

Would be nice if they got a SP like on the safety card…….

Thanks again for posting !

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Thu Jul 31, 2014 8:38 am

Sam,
What a one-of-a-kind report! Amazing and brings back lots of memories when as a child flying in SR DC-9's.. thank you so much for sharing those pictures and videos and taking the time to make those reports! Will keep an eye o your next trip! Regards from ZRH Fred
 
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Thu Jul 31, 2014 2:48 pm

What a great TR - OUTSTANDING!

Looking fwd to more stories to come!
 
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Thu Jul 31, 2014 3:22 pm

Hey Sam,

What a great report! Such rare route, airline and airplane. Fantastic uncommon look into african aviation, thx for shearing it with us.

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Fri Aug 01, 2014 11:43 am

Hello Sam, what a fantastic report! It left me green with envy. Very good to see such nice crew on this little airline, and what a catch that -32! Seems you had some excellent company too!

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RE: An African Milk Run - African Express MD-82/DC9-32

Sat Aug 02, 2014 11:21 am

Thanks to all the reply! With your great comments, I will keep writing interesting reports.

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 3):
Do you roughly know for how long these birds will still be able to fly?

I've been told as long as possible. African Express has 1 MD-80, 1 DC-9-32, a CRJ200 and Emb120. So I guess the DC-9 is much needed to keep up with high demand (the flight from/to Somalia in August is all full due to peak season for travels)

Quoting reifel (Reply 2):
I was shocked by the state of the runway in Berbera.... Incredible what planes can do

Yes the state is terrible, seems no repair have been carried out since the opening of the runways. Hergeisa now has a new strengthened runway , Daallo Airline has leased A321 to operate in the region in lieu of their IL-18 because the runway in Hergeisa can take bigger jets now.

Quoting vivekman2006 (Reply 4):

The DC-9 cockpit looks vintage! The aircraft cabin looks pretty well maintained though.

The DC-9 looks better maintained than MD-80 as the DC-9 flies lot less. MD-80 travel between Kenya, Somalia, Sharjah and Dubai almost every 2nd day!

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 3):
PS: Which type of meat did you like the most at the carnivore restaurant? on my side, ostrich meat appeared as a nice discovery   .

I like their roast beef and various sausages on offer.

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Sat Aug 02, 2014 10:29 pm

Wow, Sam. What an incredible flight routing! Love your landing videos as well too.

Quoting N178UA (Thread starter):
Getting African Express ticket is not an easy task. Travel agent will only sell ticket to Berbera or Mogadishu. No ordinary passenger would like to fly multi stop flight through Somalia to Nairobi. So I have to wait for two days for African Express to get a fare quote for me. Fatima in Sharjah office was particularly helpful and did not raise any eyebrow on my milk run flight idea. She instructed the GSA in Abu Dhabi to issue 3 hand written conjunction ticket with a change of flight in Mogadishu. One way ticket to Nairobi cost 2,360 Dhs each (abour 650 dollars) From that point onward, everything else has been taken care of by the airline!

Wow. Very cool!

Quoting N178UA (Thread starter):
Manager James whispered to me that there were 3 seats left in Business class and he told us to take those seats quietly!  

Sounds like a good start to the day of flying!

Looking forward to your next trip.

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Sun Aug 03, 2014 8:02 am

Great report Sam. Out of curiosity, on both the landing videos, the pilot calls out "two lights... four lights" shortly after landing. What is that in reference to?
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Sun Aug 03, 2014 12:56 pm

Interesting and unique flight.

I would find flying into Somalia scary.
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Mon Aug 04, 2014 4:08 pm

A terrific report! I am actually surprised that you can take pictures and shoot videos so freely at those airports. As a guy interested in old planes, I had to check the history of this particular DC Niner. Delivered to Iberia in January 1968 (EC-BIR, Ciudad de Valencia), she flew in Spain well into the 90's
 
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RE: An African Milk Run - African Express MD-82/DC9-32

Wed Aug 06, 2014 7:22 am

Quoting christao17 (Reply 12):
Out of curiosity, on both the landing videos, the pilot calls out "two lights... four lights" shortly after landing. What is that in reference to?

Thank you. I also have no idea what's that mean. Can anyone in the forum kindly clarify it?

Quoting 767747 (Reply 11):
Wow, Sam. What an incredible flight routing! Love your landing videos as well too.

Thanks Mathew, you're always so kind to reply to all my Trip Reports!

Quoting ryan h (Reply 13):

Interesting and unique flight.

I would find flying into Somalia scary.

Yep, not for the faint hearted for sure  
Quoting saleya22r (Reply 14):
A terrific report! I am actually surprised that you can take pictures and shoot videos so freely at those airports. As a guy interested in old planes, I had to check the history of this particular DC Niner. Delivered to Iberia in January 1968 (EC-BIR, Ciudad de Valencia), she flew in Spain well into the 90's

Yes, you've got the rego and history all right!  


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RE: An African Milk Run - African Express MD-82/DC9-32

Wed Aug 06, 2014 9:16 am

Fantastic report Sam, I enjoyed reading this.

It's nice to see an African airline taking such pride in their service and aircraft.
 
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Wed Aug 06, 2014 6:09 pm

Quoting christao17 (Reply 12):

Inboard and outboard spoilers deployed ??
 
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Sat Aug 09, 2014 4:08 pm

Quoting saleya22r (Reply 17):
Quoting christao17 (Reply 12):

Inboard and outboard spoilers deployed ??

I asked a pilot today, he think it is the call out for engine reversers?
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RE: An African Milk Run - African Express MD-82/DC9-32

Sun Aug 10, 2014 8:19 pm

This brought back so many memories. Thanks for taking me on a nice memory trip ... and for this, I have a surprise "connected" TR coming up within a week or so  . Awesome pictures. You capture the essence of this place, a lot more than I would ever.

Thanks for sharing.

Saludos,
Alex
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RE: An African Milk Run - African Express MD-82/DC9-32

Sun Aug 24, 2014 8:48 am

What a nice mixture of aircraft to experience.
Did you know that a Boeing 717-200 is really a McDonnell Douglas MD95-30? ;-)
 
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RE: An African Milk Run - African Express MD-82/DC9-32

Sun Aug 24, 2014 9:57 am

WOW!!!!!!

Fantastic report! I'm green with envy (good envy) for your experience. The aircraft, the airports, the places....

Just plain WOW

Thank you for sharing

Dan
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RE: An African Milk Run - African Express MD-82/DC9-32

Mon Aug 25, 2014 5:37 am

Quoting N178UA (Thread starter):
MD-82 5Y-AXN Ex-Alitalia

YOM 1985. Nice to see a former AZ aircraft serve actively in another life. Surprised to see it is one of the older frames from the former AZ fleet.

Quoting N178UA (Thread starter):
This particular MD-82 has upgraded avionics.

Nice pic of the EFIS flightdeck. It must have received a mod upgrade some years after delivery, as EFIS was not available in 1985.
Did you know that a Boeing 717-200 is really a McDonnell Douglas MD95-30? ;-)

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