Re: Northwest's DC-10's

Date:         06 Jul 98 03:24:32 
From:         "Peter Frei" <pfi@active.ch>
Organization: Customers of Active-Net AG, Switzerland
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>EHaase2463 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?

"There is no such thing as an old airplane - there's only well and not so
well maintained aircraft". This statement was issued by a former Lufthansa
CEO a few years ago. It is therefore feasible for NW to keep their DC-9s for
another 15, and their DC-10s for another 23 years. Theoretically at least.

Physically the noise regulations that will come into effect in the next few
years will limit the use of these older, not- stage-three aircraft severely.
Unless NW heavily invests in hush-kits, it may be cheaper buying new. Older
aircraft usually require more attention during maintenance, thus driving
costs up.

Regards.
Peter