The 10 Oldest Jets Still in Service, and PointBreaks Preview List Revealed!

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  1. […] Even with an overall lack of luxury properties, these redemptions are still often a great value, especially if a Point Breaks property is located somewhere you are already going to travel. Now let’s take a look. Here is the Point Breaks Preview which was released on the IHG blog. The full list will be released tomorrow here. (HT: View from the Wing) […]


  1. Those 2 FedEx MD-10s have been extensively renovated. When the aircraft were converted from DC10s to MD10s, they received all the heavy maintenance checks and more. The main point was the conversion from 3 person crew to a 2 person crew. The installation of LCD flight deck made the aircraft common to the MD11, so crews could fly either aircraft. There are also many other FedEx aircraft that are over 30 years old. These aircraft do not operate many hours. The normal operation is a 2 to 3 hour flight to MEM and then a 2 to 3 hour flight back to the US destination city. The total is about 6 hours per day. Much less than the passenger airlines that fly aircraft for 15 hours a day. Furthermore, the MD10s are being retired due to their fuel costs. Gradually the MD10s/DC10s will all be gone, not because of usefulness, but just fuel costs.

  2. Now that we are on the subject of fuel costs, fuel is at a 10 year low and is the main expense of airlines. How come fares don’t come down. It looks like a big time rip off!!!

  3. @Sammy Eppel

    You are so right! But Gary has covered this before, there are so few airplane seats being chased by a large population. The airlines figured out how to control the supply and the demand hasn’t decreased enough to lower prices. That is the result of the airline mergers. So much for airline deregulation of 1970s.

  4. Thanks for the link to the article on the oldest jets. I often see those Canadian North 732s at YOW.

  5. Hate to read that about the McCormick Place Hyatt Regency. That was my first stay after I first earned diamond with Hyatt. They upgraded me to a very nice corner suite without even asking. And I thought that would be the life of a diamond from then on. 🙂

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