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Aircraft Asset Assessment: MD90

May 5, 2014

Market Presence. The reasonable operating economics, low noise footprint and restriction emissions have failed to generate interest in the type in recent years even when alternatives were in short supply. The number of pilots certificated on the aircraft is limited as are spares making it difficult for operators to acquire the type. The number of support facilities for the MD90 is also restricted making for difficult placement outside of existing operators. Placing the aircraft on new registers can also be a costly a time consuming business. There are few simulators in existence which then requires the use of the actual aircraft for some of the flight training. Consequently, within less than ten years the aircraft reached the junkyard. The scrapping of the aircraft may generate perhaps $1.0-2.0 million depending on the state of the engines. Being so young, the engines should be in good condition. The first very popular B737-700 was delivered in 1997 indicating just how little value is now placed in the MD90. The MD90 is now almost a forgotten type. When in production there were notable attempts to talk up values but lack lustre sales, intense competition and the absence of a wider family inevitably took their toll and residuals never matched the expectations or ambitions of the manufacturer.

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