Friday, December 26, 2008

MD-11 airplane Specifications

KLM Beauty, originally uploaded by caribb.

Name: McDonnell Douglas MD-11
Manufacturer: McDonnell Douglas (Now Boeing) (USA)
Main Role: High capacity, long range mainline jetliner
Basic design: Three engined, double aisle wide body jet. Airframe based on the DC-10.
In Production: No
Entered service: 1990
Capacity: 293-410 passengers
410 (1 class)
323 (2 class)
293 (3 class)
Max takeoff weight * standard: 602,500 lb (273,300 kg)
heavy: 630,500 lb (286,000 kg)
Max cruise speed 0.88 Mach (587 mph, 945 km/h, 520 kn)
Typical cruise speed 0.82 Mach (544 mph, 876 km/h, 473 kn)
Engines (3x) Pratt & Whitney PW4460 - 60,000 lbf (270 kN)
PW4462 - 62,000 lbf (280 kN)
General Electric CF6-80C2D1F - 61,500 lbf (274 kN)

Range: 12600-13400km
Main Operators: KLM, Fed Ex, UPS
Most commonly confused with the Lockheed L1011 TriStar.
Photo: A KLM MD-11 at Montreal's Trudeau Airport shows us the updated DC-10 design with the slightly longer fuselage, winglets and a more enhanced tail engine. The plane in the photo was built in 1994 and is still in service with KLM today as well as other major carriers around the world. These are not popular aircraft though as the A330 variants and 777-200 were more successful successors because of their twin engine and more fuel efficient designs. Still it's arguable one of the more spectacular aircraft in the skies today and one of the most distinctive out there at any airport it lands.

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