Well, for those who love the McDonnell Douglas MD-80 family, there’s soon to be one less operator of the type in the world, with American Airlines setting the final planed passenger operations of the type.
Mark your calenders for 4th September 2019 – as the date the final 26 McDonnell Douglas MD-80 aircraft will exit service.
This will complete a a 37-year service with the American Airlines.
The planned last flights
American Airlines has published a list of the final flights of the MD-80, with the fleet centring on Dallas Fort-Worth towards the end of operations. The last flight will be (appropriately) Flight 80 between Chicago O’Hare and Dallas Fort Worth.
Once the finally passenger flights are complete, the aircraft will be have their final farewell ferry flights to Roswell, New Mexico (ROW).
With the MD-80 leaving the American Airlines fleet, this will leave Delta Air Lines the largest operator of the MD-80 family (operating the MD-88), with a number of smaller carriers maintaining small fleets of the aircraft. Delta are also the only operator of the follow-on aircraft – the MD-90, and four operators of the MD-95/Boeing 717.
For a lot of people the MD-80 was a wonderful way of flying. With improvements in fuel efficiency, better engines and noise acoustics (especially if you ever sat in the back of an MD-80), the modern Airbus and Boeing faimilies are filling in that spot.
But from the 4th September 2019, the long silver T-Tailed plane will vanish from the sky.
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