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Erickson Aero Tanker to operate McDonnell Douglas DC-9-87 air tankers

Aero Air (Hillsboro, OR) has acquired the Butler Aircraft (Redmond, OR) air tanker operation, including its three aging Douglas DC-7s, located at the Madras Airport, according to the Madras Pioneer. The new air tanker operation is now known as Erickson Aero Tanker. Seven former SAS McDonnell Douglas DC-9-87s (MD-87s) are being acquired and at least four will be converted to air tankers. This is a new use for the versatile DC-9.

The new name comes from co-owner Jack Erickson, who was the founder and former owner of Erickson Air-Crane.

The new company has been awarded the next generation air tanker contract by the U.S. Forest Service according to the article.

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Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems. Formerly operated by Iberia as EC-FFA and SAS as SE-DMN, this McDonnell Douglas DC-9-87 (MD-87) is getting a new life as an air tanker. The airframe as been re-registered as N293EA and adopted the air tanker fleet number of 103 as seen at Goodyear, AZ.

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SAS has a deal to phase out the remaining McDonnell Douglas fleet

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS (Stockholm) has reached an agreement with an unknown party (Allegiant Air?) that if fully implemented, will retire the remaining DC-9-82/87 (MD-80) fleet.

The company issued the following statement today:

“SAS continues to renew its aircraft fleet and has signed an agreement to sell four DC-9-82/DC-9-87 (MD-82/87) aircraft. The purchaser also has an option on a further 19 MD-82s and 10 spare engines from SAS. Assuming that the option is exercised, this will complete the phase-out of the SAS MD-80 aircraft fleet, which was one of the largest in the world in the mid-1990s, with over 70 aircraft in use.

The first MD-80 aircraft in this sale was delivered on September 11, 2012, and the remaining three aircraft will be delivered during Q4 2012. The aircraft and the engines covered by the option will be delivered, if the option is exercised, on a gradual basis from Q1 2013 to Q1 2015.”

Copyright Photo: Nik French. McDonnell Douglas DC-9-87 (MD-87) OY-KHU (msn 5336) in the special Denmark UEFA Euro 2012 National Team markings arrives at Manchester.

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St. Cloud, Minnesota to have airline service again via Allegiant Air

Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) has announced it will launch twice-weekly service from Mesa, Arizona (near Phoenix) to St. Cloud, MN on December 15.  Delta dropped service to St. Cloud (to MSP) in December 2009.

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Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Allegiant also operates the McDonnell Douglas DC-9-87 (MD-87), mainly for charter flights. The short-fuselage type will be retired in 2013.

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