McDonnell Douglas MD-90

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I love this plane and I think this along with the MD-80 should be added

General Information
The McDonnell Douglas MD-90 is a twin-engine, short- to medium-range, single-aisle commercial jet airliner. The MD-90 was developed from the MD-80 series. Differences from the MD-80 include more fuel-efficient International Aero Engines V2500 engines and a longer fuselage. The MD-90 has a seating capacity of up to 172 passengers and was introduced into service with Delta Air Lines in 1995.

The MD-90 and the subsequent MD-95/Boeing 717 were derivatives of the MD-80, which itself was a derivative commercially introduced in 1980 from the DC-9.

The Douglas Aircraft Company developed the DC-9 in the 1960s as a short-range companion to their larger DC-8. The DC-9 was an all-new design, using two rear fuselage-mounted turbofan engines, and a T-tail. The DC-9 has a narrow-body fuselage design with a 5-abreast seating with a capacity of 80 to 135 passengers depending on seating arrangement and aircraft version.

The second generation of the DC-9 was originally called the DC-9-80 series or the DC-9 Super 80 but later marketed as the MD-80 and entered service in 1980. McDonnell Douglas began studies into shorter derivatives of the MD-80 in 1983, these studies eventually becoming known as the MD-90. While for several years, McDonnell Douglas proposed powering the MD-90 with two propfan engines, by 1989, it was clear that there was insufficient interest in prop fan powered aircraft, and reworked their proposals to feature the IAE V2500 turbofan instead.

The MD-90 was firmly launched on November 14, 1989, when Delta Air Lines placed an order for 50 MD-90s, with options for a further 110 aircraft. The aircraft first flew on February 22, 1993 and the first MD-90 was delivered to Delta in February 1995. The MD-90 was produced adjacent to the Long Beach Airport in Long Beach, California, USA.

The MD-90 is a mid-size, medium-range airliner that was developed from the MD-80 series. It is a 5-foot-longer (1.5 m), updated version of the MD-88 with similar electronic flight instrument system (EFIS) and more powerful, quieter and fuel efficient IAE V2500 engines instead of the JT8D engines, which power the MD-80 series. This made the MD-90 the first derivative variant of the DC-9 to use a high-bypass turbofan engine. Typical seating for the MD-90 ranges from 153 to 172 passengers, depending on the cabin configuration and interior layout.

The MD-90 was produced in two versions: -30 and -30ER. The -30 has a range of 2,400 miles (3,860 km). The -30ER has a higher gross weight and range up to 2,750 miles (4,426 km) with an auxiliary fuel tank. An even longer range version, the -50, was offered but was never ordered.

The initial MD-90s feature an EFIS cockpit similar to the MD-88’s cockpit. The 29 MD-90s delivered to Saudi Arabian Airlines feature a full glass cockpit with avionics and an overhead display panel similar to the MD-11’s cockpit for easy transition for the airline’s pilots of the MD-11, also operated by the airline.

No MD-90 orders were received after Boeing and McDonnell Douglas merged in 1997 due to internal competition with Boeing’s 737. Delta Air Lines had initially placed a large order for the MD-90 to replace some aging Boeing 727s. After the Boeing-McDonnell Douglas merger, Delta canceled their remaining 19 MD-90 orders in favor of the Boeing 737-800. A total of 40 MD-90s (later 20) were to be assembled under contract in Shanghai, People’s Republic of China under the Trunkliner program, but Boeing’s decision to phase out the MD-90 resulted in only two built by Shanghai Aircraft.
MD-90 production at Long Beach, California ended in 2000 with the last airplane being delivered to Saudi Arabian Airlines, and MD-90T production at Shanghai ended in 2000. With 116 MD-90 aircraft produced, the MD-90 production run was the smallest among the DC-9 family. Two aircraft were also produced at Jiangwan Airfield in Shanghai, People’s Republic of China.

Following the MD-90 in the DC-9 family was the MD-95, which was renamed the Boeing 717-200 after McDonnell Douglas (successor to Douglas Aircraft Company) merged with Boeing in 1997. The main competitors of the MD-90 included the Airbus A320 and the Boeing 737-800.

Crew: 2
Passengers: 153, max. 172
Propulsion: 2 Turbofan Engines
Engine Model: IAE International Aero Engines V2525-D5
Engine Power (each): 111,2 kN 25000 lbf
Speed: 900 km/h 486 kts 559 mph
Service Ceiling: 11,278 m 37,000 ft
Range: 3.860 km 2.084 NM 2.398 mi.
Empty Weight: 39.994 kg 88.171 lbs
max. Takeoff Weight: 70.760 kg 156.000 lbs
max. Landing Weight: 64.410 kg 142.000 lbs
Wing Span: 32,87 m 107 ft 10 in
Wing Area: 112,3 m² 1209 ft²
Length: 46,50 m 152 ft 7 in
Height: 9,40 m 30 ft 10 in
First Flight: 22.02.1993
Production Status: out of production
Production Range: 1993-2000
Total Production: 170
Developed from: McDonnell Douglas MD-80
ICAO Code: MD90
IATA Code: M90
Data for (Version): McDonnell Douglas MD-90-30
Variants: MD-90-30, MD-90-30ER

Air Aruba
American Airlines (formerly operated by Reno Air)
Delta Air Lines
China Eastern Airlines
Lion Air
Japan Airlines
Nordic Airways
Saudi Royal Flight
Scandinavian Airlines


List of McDonnell Douglas MD-90 operators - Wikipedia

If you want this to be added please vote! :D

Surprised this isn’t a duplicate. Nice thread. The DC-9, MD-80, and MD-90 series are all fantastic aircraft that I would love to see in IF. I would recommend including a link to the photo itself as well.


Added the link! You are absolutely correct!


Love it good read they definitely need adding :) It’s a very nice plane indeed


Voted. This should be a fun plane to cruise around and do short flights with :-)


Just added all the operators :)


Lol im bumping my own topic but I would really like this soooo much alongside the md80!

An off topic question: why did lion air retire tgeir md90s so quickly?

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Amazing. I like MD-90 TBH and it’s a variant of Boeing 717


can we get this aircraft.
I like how long it is


Please can we get it? We need more MD planes in general.


I thinlk this would be better than the 717, personal opinion

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Didn’t realize there was a separate thread for this.

We need this, along with the MD-80!

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Hopefully this aircraft gets more attention by it can be comparable to the md-80 family

WHAT??? MAY 2020??? No, just no… BIG BUMP TIME!

Bumping and voting. Supposedly the MD-90 was as efficient as the 737NG and A320CEO and even used the V2500 engines, which were A320 engines, but they were a different variant.

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Unfortunately MD had other troubles… MD-11…

One of the most amazing aircraft, and most wanted :)


Hi all good everyone.

My step-mom and we went to ride the old livery Delta Air Lines the trip from SLC to Seattle late night close midnight last on May 18, 2009. Only I had the first time the MD-90 for my experience a very long time, too.

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Delta Air Lines MD-90.

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Hey, I guess @Hobbes778 feel free to discuss the MD-90 topic. Thanks.

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