Boeing no longer make them. The last MD-11 was made in 2001 and was delivered to Lufthansa Cargo.
Pretty much most of the airlines flying pax MD-11's are parking them, and it's very sad since they're such a neat looking aircraft. However, UPS, Fedex, Varig, and World Airways seem to taking them on from those airlines disposing of them. Swiss, KLM, JAL and Thai Airways will have most if not all of their MD-11's parked before the end of next year.
I don't know why but I never really liked the MD-11, but Im sure I would have if I flew on one. I think that airlines are retiring them because better more fuel efficient airliners coming into the market. Also, could the trust factor of the DC-10 have played a roll in the way airlines dislike them? I mean with all the problems they had with the #2 Engine. Thanks
The MD-11 didn't perform as well on the line as McD promised the airlines it would. (Specifically it seriously lacked the advertised range.) It was an okay airplane, but just not what it was promised to be.
Yes, they're not exactly all that fuel efficient. They also had several problems with #2 engine, one being stability issues during flight, another being the extra weight in the rear of the fuslage that the engine added.....those are just what I heard. Also they had some problems with the landing gear......I think....
A few of the 747's have already been parked though they are still planning on flying some of them for a few years. Just like the 727. Sorry, I don't have any specifics but the company makes changes to the plan at a whim....so I wouldn't believe it even if there was one.
The MD-11 had more orders than the 777 when it came out but it could not perform what they had promised without modifications (like AA wanted DFW-NRT which it could not do, not good to make your best customer mad!) so a lot of the orders were canceled. I don't remember specifics but I believe the MD-11 can actuall haul more cargo than the 747 (that might be if it is in pax config?). it is an awesome cargo plane, and actually a good plane all around. Personally I think it is one of the best looking planes out there.
Boeing is making money on changing pax MD-11's to cargo (like AA's to FedEx) and also they have a program called the MD-10 where they put new avionics (two man crew) into DC-10's.
The MD11 has received a 2nd life as a freighter, airlines are very happy with it as a cargo bird. Yes, airlines such as UPS & Gemini are getting the MD11 planes configured for cargo. Lufthansa was one of the few airlines that actually ordered the cargo version, in bulk.
From what I understand, the MD11 can carry more cargo than the 747-100/200.?
I had a chance to visit the Boeing plant 4 years ago & see the last "3" MD11 birds built, amazing how they build planes.
The MD-11 issues I heard about are only what I heard from other people.....who aren't MD-11 Captains. You don't always get trustworthy information you can rely upon from friends, of course. So I'm sorry about the misinformation I wrote there.......