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Seaboe Muffinchucker
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Griffin, you do realize that it's the airlines that determine how many seats go into the plane, don't you?

Airbus and Boeing will, within a certain range, put in the number of seats the airlines request.

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How many people actually check what type of A/C they're flying on when they buy tickets?

I take it you've never heard "if it's not Boeing, I'm not going."
Oh, I've heard it. I've also heard of engineers who keep a list of aircraft numbers not to fly on. I always check and try to avoid older aircraft (not for safety, but general cleanliness). In general, I rarely have a choice...departure time being the driving factor.

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Originally posted by SeaboeMuffinchucker:
I take it you've never heard "if it's not Boeing, I'm not going."

I was just thinking about something that reminded me of this -- once when I was looking at flights I noticed Northwest listed the aircraft type as a "Boeing-Douglas DC-9." At the time I guessed that it was a trademark thing -- that since McDonnell-Douglass merged with Boeing they were requiring airlines to mention their name along with the name of Douglass aircraft.

But then today I was thinking about this thread, and the whole "if it's not Boeing, I'm not going" thing, and was thinking maybe Northwest was mentioning Boeing because of the brand recognition . In other words, to influence people who only fly on Boeing aircraft, but don't know enough about aircraft to know that these DC-9s were manufactured by McDonnell-Douglass decades before the merger with Boeing.

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Seaboe Muffinchucker
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. . .once when I was looking at flights I noticed Northwest listed the aircraft type as a "Boeing-Douglas DC-9." At the time I guessed that it was a trademark thing -- that since McDonnell-Douglass merged with Boeing they were requiring airlines to mention their name along with the name of Douglass aircraft.

That is truly weird. So far as I'm aware, there is no such policy (mind you, I don't work for BCA, I'm SSG & Corporate).

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I was just thinking about something that reminded me of this -- once when I was looking at flights I noticed Northwest listed the aircraft type as a "Boeing-Douglas DC-9."

How long ago was this? Because I thought every DC-9 had been converted to an MD-80 long before the Boeing-McD-D merger.

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Seaboe Muffinchucker
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McD-D

Properly known as MDC (yes, still).

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How long ago was this? Because I thought every DC-9 had been converted to an MD-80 long before the Boeing-McD-D merger.

Northwest actually still operates quite a few rather old DC-9s of 1970s and early 1980s vintage. According to Wikipedia they're in the process of phasing them out and negotiating to buy replacements for them, but for the time being they're still flying.

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