Re: MD-95-30 becomes 717-200 "Regional Jet"

Date:         20 Jan 98 01:29:21 
From: (Cole Pierce)
Organization: McDonnell Douglas, Houston Division
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In article <airliners.1998.52@ohare.Chicago.COM>, (Brian Clouse) writes:
> But what, besides engines and instruments and flight controls, is really
> the difference between a "new, modern" Boeing 717-200 and a 30-year-old
> Douglas DC9-10?

The engines and instruments are a generation (or two) newer than
your old DC9-10/-30/-50.  In addition, it is equipped with two
20,000 lb thrust engines on a 117,000 pound airplane .. compare
that with the later MD-80 series that carries the same thrust
on a 149,500 pound frame.

> The few of us who care won't accept the name, but most
> of the traveling public probably doesn't care anyway.

Rather a blanket statement for one so isolated.