Part of United history: Continental MD-88

Old Jul 30, 19, 5:37 pm
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Part of United history: Continental MD-88

In all its '93 livery glory...with a redesigned interior:




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Old Jul 30, 19, 5:38 pm
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Long live Continental!

(And those seats look awfully familiar.... could be the 2019 737-800's :-)
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Old Jul 30, 19, 7:21 pm
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Nah, those seats have far too much padding to be "modern" UA aircraft.
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Old Jul 30, 19, 8:09 pm
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I thought that DL had the MD-88 but CO had MD-82's.
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Old Jul 30, 19, 8:19 pm
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Originally Posted by Toshbaf View Post
I thought that DL had the MD-88 but CO had MD-82's.
Yup...CO operated mostly the -82, with a smattering of -80 and -83s mixed in. No -88s for the operation.
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Old Jul 30, 19, 9:21 pm
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Old Jul 31, 19, 8:30 am
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I hope the interior shot wasn't a Co-issued marketing photo. Those seats look worn and unkempt. Are those bean bags for headrests?
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Old Jul 31, 19, 8:38 am
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Originally Posted by MBS MillionMiler View Post
I hope the interior shot wasn't a Co-issued marketing photo. Those seats look worn and unkempt. Are those bean bags for headrests?
. They remind me of my 20-year-old sofa.
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Old Jul 31, 19, 8:38 am
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Originally Posted by MBS MillionMiler View Post
I hope the interior shot wasn't a Co-issued marketing photo. Those seats look worn and unkempt. Are those bean bags for headrests?
They were like pillows... I remember them well on 757s, 737s and Mad Dogs in the 90s. A vestige of a bygone era where seats actually had padding (although I don't know if they necessarily met current fire-retardant standards)!
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Old Jul 31, 19, 10:02 am
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Vintage! Love it.
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Old Jul 31, 19, 10:26 am
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Those were the F seats when it was in a 16F configuration, and were the same seats that were on initial 757s, 735s, and refurb'd 733s. Didn't care for them that much, mainly because it was a somewhat ugly seat design and was kind of uncomfortable because when reclined, the middle armrest of the seat pairs was short so there was a gap of space between the end of the armrest and the seat itself.

Eventually the M80s got a new seat design and dropped a row of seats on the starboard side and went to 14F with a closet. The seat itself was thinner and had a moveable headrest; if anyone was familiar with TWA's M80s, they used the same seat. Eventually the 757s, 733s, 735s got the Koito seats in F (733s went from 10F to 12F, dropping a closet and matching the 73G seat count); these were the big bulky F seats that were on all new deliveries up until a new F seat was introduced on the 739ERs. I can try and dig up some pics.

I very much enjoyed flying CO's M80s and was sad to see them go, although compared to AA or DL, CO didn't invest much into updating the interiors; they were clean and comfortable for sure, but lacked the larger overhead bins, modernized PSUs/sidewalls, etc.
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Old Jul 31, 19, 10:29 am
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Originally Posted by qukslvr619 View Post
I very much enjoyed flying CO's M80s and was sad to see them go, although compared to AA or DL, CO didn't invest much into updating the interiors; they were clean and comfortable for sure, but lacked the larger overhead bins, modernized PSUs/sidewalls, etc.
Hard to believe they were retired 15 years ago this fall.
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Old Jul 31, 19, 11:01 am
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Hard to believe they were retired 15 years ago this fall.
Guess I didn't think to do the math; the only advantage to them being retired were that the 738s/739s that replaced them had IFE. I'm definitely not looking forward to the day when DC/MD T-tails are no longer in the sky, but have managed to snag a seat on the last AA Super80 flight out of STL in September; while its not exactly the last flight for AA, it holds some significance to me that it will close out the history of some physical TWA presence still at STL. I was at Lambert for the very last actual TWA flight before the AA changeover, and I'll be there on the last MD80 flight for AA.
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Old Jul 31, 19, 12:15 pm
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Originally Posted by qukslvr619 View Post
Guess I didn't think to do the math; the only advantage to them being retired were that the 738s/739s that replaced them had IFE. I'm definitely not looking forward to the day when DC/MD T-tails are no longer in the sky, but have managed to snag a seat on the last AA Super80 flight out of STL in September; while its not exactly the last flight for AA, it holds some significance to me that it will close out the history of some physical TWA presence still at STL. I was at Lambert for the very last actual TWA flight before the AA changeover, and I'll be there on the last MD80 flight for AA.
I still very much miss TWA. It was their "Youth Travel Pack" that brought me into this whole travel lifestyle in the first place.
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