Scorpio From Belgium, joined Oct 2001, 4934 posts, RR: 46 Reply 2, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2317 times:
Originally, what we now know as the MD-80 was named the DC-9 Super 80. Later the name was changed, first to just 'Super 80' and later to MD-80. AA keeps on referring to them as 'super 80s'. So there's no difference between the super 80 and the MD-80.
FlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 15 Reply 3, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2310 times:
No, no difference at all. It's just a moniker that AA applied to its MD-80s. Just as they named their other aircrafts AstroJets, LuxuryJets, AstroLiners & LuxuryLiners. I believe in the past Douglas originally named the MD-80s first the DC-9 Super 80, and AA simply carried it over onto their fleets. Regards.
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N312RC From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 2678 posts, RR: 18 Reply 8, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2202 times:
Douglas started work on the "DC-9 Super 80" before Mcdonnell came along. After Mcdonnell merged with Douglas did the naming scheme switch to "MD". When you look at AA timetables MD-80 flights are coded "S80" which stands for Super 80. It's just American's name for them.
Trintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3192 posts, RR: 4 Reply 11, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2050 times:
To answer the preceding question, all MD-90s produced are MD-90-30's. There were plans for further stretched versions called MD-90-50 and -55 but those never got off the drawing boards. They are never called DC-9-90s except perhaps colloquially. China built 2 MD-90s and these are MD-90-30Ts (T for Trunkliner).
AAR90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3410 posts, RR: 50 Reply 14, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1857 times:
>I think a Super 80 can only be an MD-81 or MD-82. They switched to MD-8X at the MD-83 unveiling.
AA calls any AA MD-80 series aircraft a "Super-80."
>BTW, Did AA call the ex-Reno MD-90s get called Super 90s?
Not officially, but AA timetables did list them as "S90" aircraft originally. Internally ex-QQ aircraft were referred to as R80 and R90 to differentiate them from the standard AA configured S80.
>I thought AA called the ex-Reno planes "White Trash". Or maybe that was just the occupants...
Both. Initially a derogatory term AA unions tried to apply to anybody working at RenoAir. All of the ex-QQ folks I came to know adopted the term as a form of endearment. They were proud to be "White Trash" and even prouder to fly only the "White Trash planes." Personally, I was quite proud when my co-pilot once returned up the jetbridge at RNO to announce that we couldn't go flying. Seems there was an equipment change and "there's a silver bird down there.... WE only fly the White Trash." [emphasize on _WE_]
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Boeingfan From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 385 posts, RR: 1 Reply 15, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1840 times:
AA calling the MD-80 a Super 80, is more accurate at least then the 707 label they put on their Boeing 720's. Marketing, go figure.
As for the "white trash,", I have never heard an AA staffer refer to Reno Air equipment with that slang. Nor any slang when refering to TW equipment. The TW are denoted differntly for employees, due to differences in configurations when ordered from the manufacturerer.
The Super 80's are making money, mostly paid for, and with "more room through out coach" are the most comfortable domestic airliners in the sky.
LMP737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 17, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1812 times:
No, it was a design change that occurred in 1986 to improve fuel burn. When the first MD-80 flew with the old style tailcone the DC-MD merger had already occurred.
I've worked with several ex-Reno Air employees and I never heard the "white trash" comments. We all got along very well actually. I will say this however, the Reno MD-80's and MD-90's were a tad worse for wear when we got them.
FBU 4EVER! From Norway, joined Jan 2001, 998 posts, RR: 7 Reply 18, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1756 times:
Actually,Douglas merged into McDonnell as early as 1967.
The DC-9 and DC-10 designations were kept as these planes had been designed by Douglas alone.That's the reason the MD-80 started out as the DC-9 Super 80.Later on,it was decided to call it the MD-80 as it was sufficiently different from the "classic" DC-9 to warrant a new marketing name.
It was also decided to market the DC-10 development as the MD-11 iso. the DC-10-xx or DC-11.
In the early part of the 90's,SAS leased several MD-80's to Reno for a period.When they were returned,they were trash,hardly ANY maintenance having been performed during their stay with Reno.It took our maintenance department an enormous amount of time and effort to get the planes back in shape for further service.Reno? "White trash",indeed!
AAR90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3410 posts, RR: 50 Reply 20, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1681 times:
>I will say this however, the Reno MD-80's and MD-90's were a tad worse for wear when we got them.
Nice understatement! I never flew the R80s, but each of the R90s had their own name....... and personality.
>I think the "White Trash" comments were confined to the flight crews.
Pretty much, but then that's who I spent most of my time with. It was also used (with very big grins) by those who interacted with the pilots & FA's. Especially the maintenance folks who I knew oh so well. They sure got to know me....and what I was willing to accept/fix.
>I'll send you a "I was acquired, not hired" button when they come out!
Don't think I'd qualify (hired, not acquired --at least for now). OTOH, my family still has a preference for their "Pan Am, the airline that made United #1" t-shirts (a bit dated, but still good looking).
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