- Jun 24, 2005
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Saw on a website they have 130+ of those old birds still flying..
I know It was a roundabout way of saying that they'll keep flying them as long as they can since buying new planes would put them in a worse position probablyPhatAJ2008 said:not knocking it at all... I love flying those old birds
pilotyip said:There was an article a couple years ago about how smart NWA was in keeping its DC-9's. The article said: Since they are all paid for, they do not have to fly certain number of flights per day to break even on fixed cost. They can fly at only the variable cost of the flight and this gives them a lower break even load factor. This keeps the cycles down and extends their useful life. As they approach a heavy check, they seem to be parking them. This also allows them to keep unscheduled spares at their hubs to substitute in case of maintenance problem.
Plus, NWA also re-did the interiors on most, if not all, of the -9's and they are quite nice. Flew on you guys in May (-9) and I was impressed with how nice they are on the inside. Now if they could just do a make over on those old noise makers spewing soot out the a$$ end...NuGuy said:Most of the real DC-9 bugaboos that annoyed other operators were fixed during the great overhaul of the 80s-90s, where NWA stripped each -9 to the bone and basically rebuilt them from the ground up.