Re: MD-80 vs. Super-80

From:         gclst1+@pitt.edu (Grant C Lynde)
Organization: University of Pittsburgh
Date:         13 May 96 02:08:46 
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In article <airliners.1996.671@ohare.Chicago.COM>,
Scott D. Morris <sdmorris@mindspring.com> wrote:
>I've always wondered why American Airlines chooses to confuse things by
>referring to the MD-80 as a "Super-80".

Because DC-9s got a bad rap for a while with the American flying public
for accidents that weren't the airframe's fault.  So, in an effort to
spruce up the image and avoid the negative connotations the DC-9 had,
they "renamed" (not really) it the Super-80.