Does anyone know what type of aircraft was used in the new film Plane staring Gerard Butler?
Short answer: It's an MD-80 which can fly at 40k feet and happens to have a glass cockpit.
Complete answer: Inspect the following images from the filming set and trailer...
This is an aircraft from the MD-80 series. This does not seem to be an MD-90 or Boeing 717 since the latter two had visibly different engines.
So case closed? No :-)
Inspect the next two images from the trailer...
Yeah, that's not an MD-80 cockpit; this is what an MD-80 cockpit looks like:
Additionally, the altimeter shows 40,000 feet. MD-80/90 and Boeing 717, all have a service ceiling of 37,000 feet.
But the yoke does look "MD'ish" since the checklist holder does not move with the yoke - a distinctive feature of the MD yokes. Also, the seating layout in the cabin (as seen in the trailer) appeared to be 2-3, which is true for MD-80's.
So it appears that this is indeed an MD-80 - but with several nuances, which is to be expected from Hollywood movies.