N557AN, an MD-82 noticed on the ramp at MCI in 2013.
Love them or hate them, American’s MD-80s are on the way in which out. This could not come as a shock as we’ve recognized for years the day was finally coming. However late final month American Airways announced details for the MadDog’s ultimate day of operations. Mark your calendars, of us. September 4 is the day the “Tremendous 80s” carry passengers off into the sundown one final time.
After I point out the upcoming retirement to pals, nearly all of responses are optimistic. It appears the overall consensus is that these DC-9 descendants have overstayed their welcome within the AvGeek and frequent flyer worlds. Whereas few of us appear keen to confess they may miss the MD-80s, I absolutely count on it is going to solely be a matter of time. For many years the MadDogs had been ubiquitous. Airports simply received’t be the identical with out them.
Irrespective of how we really feel, these retirement dates are likely to sneak up on us. The official ultimate flight on September 4 is offered out, however there stay many choices to get out for a goodbye flight, together with many choices on the ultimate day of operation…
N433AA seen in KC in 2009, earlier than the AA overhaul base closed.
American Air MD-80 Fleet Element
Regardless of a repute for being previous and dated, the common fleet age for these which stay is simply shy of 21 years. That’s not terribly previous in plane years. Aviation historical past buffs would possibly recall that the final DC-9 flight operated by Delta was aboard a virtually 36-year-old airframe.
Simply 28 American Air MD-80s stay in service at this time. Two (N9618A and N980TW) will retire in August. Between 1997 and 1999 TWA accepted supply of all however one of many remaining silver birds. N501AA is particular and stands out for 2 causes. First, it’s the final energetic Tremendous 80 which American acquired instantly from McDonnell Douglas. Additionally it is the oldest with a supply date of October 30, 1989.
We reached out to American Air PR and chatted with resident MD-80 skilled Linda Brock who supplied us with fleet particulars and a few base-level steerage on the place of us would possibly nonetheless discover MD-80 service. Above is a map displaying metropolis pairs with MD-80 service on the September 4, the ultimate day of operation. A couple of extra cities nonetheless have MD-80 service to DFW, together with my house base right here in Kansas Metropolis, MO.
In case your favourite metropolis pair isn’t listed, maybe a fast search on FlightRadar24 or just tools listed on AA’s reserving web page will help.
Massive takeaway right here? DFW is the place it’s at. Does anybody fancy a visit to Dallas for previous time’s sake?
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