Date: 01 Jul 98 02:42:22 From: Chuanga@cris.com (H Andrew Chuang) Organization: Concentric Internet Services References: 1 Followups: 1 2 3
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In article <airliners.1998.956@ohare.Chicago.COM>, EHaase2463 <email@example.com> wrote: >The June issue of World Airline Fleets states that Northwest estimates >a 42 year life for 173 of its DC-9's and an even longer life for its >DC-10's. The article indicates that the DC-9's may last for 15 more >years and that DC-10 could fly 23 more years. Is it desirable and >realistic for a major airline to keep its aircraft for so long? NW made the statement during a time when Boeing and Airbus are heavily pitching the B717 and A319M5, respectively, to NW. I think NW is trying to tell the manufacturers that only if the price is right will NW considering purchasing a 100-seat replacement. After all, NW has another 15 years to make a decision (as the study shows), while the B717 desperately needs a reputable customer and Airbus refuses to let Boeing get too much ahead in the 100-seat market. NW is no doubt in the driver's seat. I seriously doubt NW will keep the DC-9s for another 15 years (i.e., I think NW is bluffing).