Initially launched as MD-95 by McDonnell Douglas, the 717-200 was a uncommon jetliner produced by Boeing in 1997, when it took over the rival. On the time, airframer noticed the challenge as a possibility to supply an plane smaller than the 737.
After coming into service in 1999, the 717-200 was gradual to acquire orders, however that didn’t cease Boeing from planning a bigger variant. Nonetheless, the disaster triggered after the September 11 assaults and the entry of opponents akin to Bombardier CRJ and Embraer E-Jet led the US producer to announce the tip of manufacturing in 2005 with solely 155 models assembled.
With a capability for as much as 117 passengers and a spread of three,815 km, the 717-200 proved to be a great aircraft and even at the moment it flies on some airways, essentially the most infamous, Delta Air Strains, which has 85 jets. Along with it, Hawaiian operates one other 19 plane and Qantas Hyperlink, 20 models.
The model’s fourth buyer, Volotea, nevertheless, ended operations with the 717-200 final Sunday. Headquartered in Spain, the provider used two of its 19 planes till way back, which flew in Italy, ending a decade-long profession.
Nonetheless, the Boeing aircraft has a lot of the fleet lively even 15 years after the tip of manufacturing. This case is unlikely to alter anytime quickly as Delta and Hawaiian intend to maintain the 717 in service till at the least 2025.
Mockingly, Boeing presently resents a line of smaller capability jets that may dispute orders with Airbus’ A220. The US planemaker got here near buying most of Embraer’s business plane program in 2020, however dropped out of the deal in April.