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Delta Retires First MD-90 Ahead of ScheduleDelta has decided to retire their McDonnel Douglas aircraft early as Delta retires ship N902DA from service on the 23rd of June. Although there is no immediate action for the fleet of now 64 MD-90, Delta plans to do a three year drawdown on their 116 MD-88, which will be replaced by the massive order of 122 Airbus A321. More details in the ULR. (www.flightglobal.com) More...
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As a 19 year old guy getting ready for college to pursue the aviation mechanic field, I have to say it must been awesome working for such an extraordinary company back then. I hope to get my A&P license and work for Delta to get my hands on these new planes with the latest technology. I wished I was born back then when the MD11's were roaming the sky, I heard they were excellent passenger planes.
I'd give a fraction of my 401K to fly the greatest airplane, the 707...
No Boeings on order once the 737-900 contract is complete. Delta management do not appear to be fans of Boeing as they gradually switch to Airbus and Bombardier. In part this is Boeing's fault in that they did not offer a replacement for either the 757 or the 717. Undoubtedly the filing of the trade complaint against the Bombardier-Delta sale was in part a slap against Delta and that was not lost on the airline management.
The A321 and 737 are both not a good replacement for the 757. Delta buys whatever they can get cheap. They must have got a better deal from Airbus on the A321.
The A321LR, is almost a direct replacement to the 757. There won't be anything Boeing has in that market that'll beat it. I've said it many times, a 757 with upgraded engines, avionics and maybe even a new composite frame would have dominated the single aisle market.
717 started as the MD-95. Agreed, very shortsighted to suspend that line, but it was in direct competition with the cash-cow 737.
I worked on both lines, first DC9 then moved to the DC10 line (1990) just before the line transitioned to MD11s.
Worked on each of first 100 MD11s - Not too much later Boeing Bought the company :-(