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Why are iconic MD-80 jets being converted to freighters?: FlightAware

Discussion in 'Airplane, Aircraft & Jumbo Jet Talk' started by Lord Leighton, Mar 27, 2021.

  1. Lord Leighton

    Lord Leighton Hangar Gold Member I

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    Exuma Guy Hangar Silver Member VI

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    And this from a sister article-
    "The A321, which is considered a strong replacement candidate for older Boeing 757s, offers several advantages over the 737-800, according to aviation professionals. The narrow-body Airbus plane offers about 6,000 pounds more cargo capacity, depending on aircraft model and weight limits, and can carry small containers and pallets on the lower deck, compared to 737s that can only fit breakbulk and piece cargo under the main deck. Overall, the A320 family of converted freighters can accommodate 14 containers on the main deck and 10 in the belly hold, while the 737-800 has 12 pallet positions."
     
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    Richard Wyeroski Hangar Gold Member I

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    I suppose they are cheap and flying auto parts from Mexico to the US is lucrative and I shudder tom think about the maintnenance .........

    FAA really looks the other way on freighters until there is a crash!!!
    Then the motor mouth PR guys down play it all!
     
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