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What is MD-10?

 
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 28, 2013 6:44 pm    Post subject: What is MD-10? Reply with quote

if anybody wondered what is MD-10, then here is a good article.

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MD-10 Program


The MD-10 program allows operators to retrofit DC-10s with a new, advanced- technology flight deck. Benefits of the retrofit include a two-person flight deck, weight savings, increased reliability, and commonality with the MD-11 fleet.
Boeing is offering the MD-10 program to the owners of all 413 DC-10s currently in service or storage, giving the program the potential to become the largest airplane modification effort in commercial airplane history. The program provides operators with the opportunity to retrofit their airplanes with the advanced common flight deck (ACF).

Converting DC-10s to MD-10s produces significant cost savings associated with changing to a two-person flight crew from a three-person flight crew. The conversion also replaces approximately 50 line replaceable units (LRU) with 19 state-of-the-art LRUs, improving reliability and decreasing inventory costs. The MD-10 conversion achieves a weight savings of approximately 1,000 lb (454 kg). Additional maintenance and labor savings will result from commonality in an MD-10/MD-11 fleet, including same type ratings for pilots who fly either airplane.

The launch customer for the program is Federal Express (FedEx), which will apply the flight-deck retrofit to 70 DC-10 Freighters. Flight test of the first ACF-configured airplane is planned for late 1998. An 800-hr, three-airplane flight test program is planned to lead to certification by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration in late 1999, with first delivery to FedEx in early 2000.

Retrofit of the 70 FedEx DC-10s (plus options for another 50) will be typical of MD-10 program activity, which may include two phases:
1. Passenger-to-freighter conversion.
2. Flight deck retrofit.


Here is the link to the full article

MD-10 Program

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 28, 2013 7:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FX is the sole operator of the type, and even they are planning on replacing it.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 03, 2013 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah it served Fx at that time, was better utilisation since they had modified the DC10s and added MD11s.
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