MD90 vs. 737/A32X

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There is all this talk about which aircraft is better the 737 or the A320 and for the most part the difference is the cost. I was woundering how the MD90 compares. I also wounder how the rest of the DC-9 family compares. Even though these aircraft are no longer in production they are still operated quite extensively world wide.
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First of all the MD90 (if were talking about the 30 series) is out of production, where as the 737 and A320 family isn’t, the technical characteristics are quite similar - the MD90 has a range of 3,860 km and take-off thrust of around 25,000 lb, technologically comparing it with 737/A320 its obsolete, no fly-by-wire, ISMS or sub components such as CDS, LCDS, and in newer cases HUDs

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perhapps i wasn't clear. what I am curious about is the cost of the airplane. there are hundreds of MD80/MD90 aircraft still flying and even though they may not be the most advanced aircraft they still fly. so how do they compare in the efficency area. maybe the 737 and A320 are better but how?

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The MD90 takes 22,104 L of fuel and flies 3,860 km, compare that with the Boeing 737 that takes 26,020 L of fuel and flies 6,225 km - :)

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thank you for your help