- Jun 24, 2005
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Seems like such a great workhorse... Why were no airlines interested in it it causing them to cease production of the 717?
Boeing is not interested in supporting anything Douglas designed. The DC-8 is still a major thorn in their a## and has been for 40 plus years and that is not to mention the DC-10 is still a better cargo aircraft (minus fuel) than the 767 is. As for the MD-11 it appears the 777 cargo is a close replacement and less fuel to operate. Older airplanes are still tough to beat as long as fuel stays in check.
Just my opinion and I look forward to getting to fly a Boeing product, won't say that about an Airbus though.
Boeings build airplanes, Douglas builds character. You slow down in a Boeing to put flaps out.... you put flaps out to slow down in a Douglas.
4500hrs of MD80 time never diminished my opinion of the airplane - built like a tank, flew like one, too once you learned to finesse the flight guidance, it was actually a fun bird. It was very quiet and has lots of elbow room (compared to a 737, where the side window is right in your face.)
757/767 is a whole different world, makes it a much easier job.
simple: 737 is the reason.
Why would boeing continue production of an aircraft that was designed to eat into it's 737 market share?
Did they get rid of the "tail button" with the MD-80's?