Boeing 717: a rare sight in Europe 26062013
Filed under: Netherlands, Boeing, EHAM, Schiphol, McDonnell Douglas, MD-80, Belly Week, 717, Blue 1, DC-9, OH-BLP
Not long ago the European skies were crowded with DC-9 familiy airliners. But the numbers are dwindling, with just 2 DC-9s and 24 MD-80/90s operated by European companies. After Boeing took over McDonnell Douglas, it renamed the latest version, destined to become the MD-95, the Boeing 717, of which 156 were produced. Of these, only 24 are flying in European skies: 15 with Spanish Volotea and 9 with Finland's Blue 1, which operates flights for SAS under SAS flight numbers. The image shows Boeing 717-23S c/n 55064 (l/n 5037) OH-BLP of Blue 1 with Star Alliance livery on its way to runway 27 at Schiphol Amsterdam airport in The Netherlands (EHAM) on 26 June 2013, operating SAS flight SK1549 from Copenhagen. The aircraft made its first flight on 15 October 2000, was first delivered to Bangkok Airways as HS-PGP on 7 November 2000, then went to Spanair as EC-KNE on 25 Febryuary 2008 and after having been stored for a short period went to Blue 1 on 15 December 2010.
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