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Old 08-10-2006, 07:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'll keep it short and simple. Since Northwest Airlines needs a replacement for their DC-9's pretty soon why didn't they just choose the B717 as a replacement like Air Tran did?
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The Boeing 717 was yet another derivative of the the DC-9. Boeing stopped making the 717 because it did not fit in with their product line.
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After Much R&D I Think Simply There Weren't Enough Sales And Boeing Could Not Justify Keeping The Line. Tooling Is Different From Other Products & Not Running Very Often So it No Longer Fit With Thier Product Line As Fazeman Said.
They Needed The Space For More Profitable Assembly Lines.
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They could've, it was perfect, but Boeing decided that even though the 717 was the better aircraft of the 3 (717, 736 and A318), that it competed too much with the 736, so they discontinued it, though it seemed perfect. I think I remember hearing that NW concidered the 717, but decided to stick with the Niners, which I have no problem with and wish them another 30 years of service .
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Old 08-11-2006, 10:42 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I'll keep it short and simple. Since Northwest Airlines needs a replacement for their DC-9's pretty soon why didn't they just choose the B717 as a replacement like Air Tran did?
Northwest did find a replacement. They have purchased the Airbus 320 and 319. Economics have delayed their purchase of more aircraft. Costs of the new plane have not outweighed the cost of maintaining the DC9s. Remember these planes are paid for. Last year they retired a bunch of the DC9s, so that point might be close.

The death knell for the 717 was the collapse of TWA, and the AA canceling TWA's purchase of the 717. So the VW Bug of aircraft is coming to an end.

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