Riding the McDonnell Douglas MD-90 with Delta
As an avid frequent flyer and aviation fan I try to ride on as many different types of aircraft as possible. With this in mind I recently needed to get from Las Vegas to Vancouver and one of the options was Delta Airlines via Salt Lake City with a ride in the McDonnell Douglas MD-90. The MD-90 is an upgraded version of the older MD-80 with more modern IAE V2500 engines (like those found on the Airbus A320) and a longer fuselage. The aircraft was not a huge success and according to Wikipedia there is just 74 aircraft in airline service as of 2011. The majority of which fly with Delta, with Japan Airlines and Saudi Arabian Airlines as other operators with several in the fleet. So for this reason I was excited to be able to book a flight on the MD90, it's not likely to happen again any time soon.
As a Flying Blue platinum member I had some status with Skyteam carrier Delta but there is no lounge for Skyteam at Las Vegas, so I stopped by Burger King for a croissan'wich breakfast. Today's flight DL790 is the second flight of the day to Salt Lake and was due to depart at 7.55am.
Arriving at Gate D41 I was pleased to see the scheduled equipment parked at the gate. The aircraft for today was N927DN, a 12 year old MD-90 which was initially operated by China Eastern airlines. It was sold to Delta and joined them in July 2010.
|N927DN Delta MD-90 at the gate|
|Looking across from my seat during boarding|
|Looking across at a company Boeing 767-300 I believe it was bound for Atlanta|
|MD-90 overhead controls|
|MD-90 Cabin with Blue leather seating|
|Overhead bins showing that wifi was available|
|Taxi to the runway we see the dominant carrier at LAS - Southwest airlines|
|Making a right turn shortly after takeoff - love this scenery|
|climbing through some cloud|
|Juice and Biscuit - the biscuit has the Delta logo on it too|
|Mountains on descent to Salt Lake|
|Some kind of mine near Salt Lake|
|On the ground at Delta Hub - Salt Lake city|
|Parking next to a Delta connection CRJ900|
I am not likely to ride an MD-90 again any time soon but it was great to tick it off the 'types flown on' list. The Delta service was typical USA airline service, not bad but not particularly good. They got me their efficiently and basically on time.... my next sector was to Vancouver, I'll report on that next.