The McDonnell Douglas MD-95 (Boeing 717) is a twin rear engined aircraft designed for the 100 seater aircraft market. It is the third generation of the Douglas DC-9.
After the merger between McDonnell Douglas and Boeing in 1997 the MD-95 was renamed the Boeing 717, it was thought that Boeing will scrap the MD-95 line as it did the rest of the McDonnell Douglas passenger aircraft lines but they decided to keep the now 717. Unfortunately after efforts by Boeing to continue the 717 production the orders dried up and with 156 aircraft built the production line ceased in May 2006.
McDonnell Douglas where convinced that the key customers for the MD-95 where European airlines to replace their DC-9s, this would benefit them with lower emissions and operating costs but also a lower noise from the modern engines. At the time the closest aircraft type similar to the MD-95 was the Fokker 100 but this was no match for the new American 717 which had the most up to date technology not only in the cockpit but throughout the whole aircraft.
McDonnell Douglas Proposed Variants
This was proposed as the standard aircraft which would include seating for 100 passengers in a 1 class configuration.
The ER (Extended range) version would include extra fuel tanks.
This aircraft would be longer than the -30 series and would seat 122 passengers.
Boeing Proposed Varients
This would seat 86 passenger and be shorter then the -100 series. This idea was later scrapped.
Boeing 717-100X Lite
This would seat 75 passengers and would be powered by Rolls Royce engines. This idea was later scrapped.
This would seat 130 passenger and is a stretched version. Several airlines where interested in this version but unfortunately nothing came of it.
First Flight: September 2 1998
Introduction: October 12 1999
Status: In service
Number Built: 156
Accidents and Incidents:
As of 2014 the Boeing 717 as taken part in five incidents, no aircraft loses and no fatalities.
1997-0 | 1998-0 | 1999-12 | 2000-32 | 2001-49 | 2002-20 | 2003-12 | 2004-12 | 2005-13 | 2006-55 |
Total - 155
MD-95 is announced at the Paris Air Show
MD-95 is launched
MD-95 is renamed the 717
2nd September - First flight of the 717
The Boeing 717 enters service.
The Long Beach facility is scaled back as the 717 deliveries reach 100.
May - Production is ended
Currently there are no displayed or preserved MD-95s/717s.