Delta Air Lines will be the last US passenger airline to retire its MD-80 fleet in June. Take a look back at the all-American ‘Mad Dog’ jet.

Delta Air Lines McDonnell Douglas MD-80

Delta Air Lines is advancing the retirement date of its McDonnell Douglas MD-80 series aircraft to June 2.
The Long Beach, California-built jets joined the Delta fleet in 1987 and also flew for Trans World Airlines, American Airlines, and Alaska Airlines.
Delta is the last US passenger airline to operate the aircraft with American and Allegiant having retired theirs over the past two years.
Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Delta Air Lines has given an early retirement date to its McDonnell Douglas MD-80 series aircraft as the carrier seeks to swiftly move forward with a fleet renewal plan amid the coronavirus pandemic.

June 2 will be the last day that the iconic T-tailed aircraft produced in Long Beach, California will fly for a US passenger airline with the final MD-88 and MD-90 aircraft descending upon Delta’s Atlanta hub for the last time. For the MD-90, the final flight will arrive from Houston at 8:58 a.m. while the final MD-88 will arrive from Washington, DC at 10 a.m.

After flying Delta passengers one last time, the jets will head to Blytheville, Arkansas for retirement, 350 miles away from Delta’s headquarters in Atlanta. Replacing the aircraft will largely be Delta’s newest arrival, the Airbus A220.

The retirement plans put an end to a 33-year era of the iconic aircraft flying for Delta. Dating back to the 1980s, Delta’s aging McDonnell Douglas fleet features some of the oldest aircraft still flying for the airline, made by a manufacturer that no longer exists.

Take a look back at the McDonnell Douglas MD-80 series.

SEE ALSO: I flew first class on Delta from Orlando to New York and found it wasn’t anywhere close to worth the extra cost

  Man injured in Millard County incident was shot by deputy, officials confirm

DON’T MISS: I flew on an Air France Airbus A380 2 years before the airline suddenly retired the world’s largest passenger plane — here’s what it was like

The McDonnell Douglas MD-80 series was the successor to the smaller Douglas DC-9, with McDonnell Aircraft and Douglas Aircraft Company merging in 1967.

Source: New York Times

Its predecessor, the DC-9, was a tried and true short-haul aircraft with typical seating of fewer than 140 passengers.

Source: Delta Museum

The MD-80 expanded on the design and offered better range and a longer fuselage to seat more passengers, as well as improvements in the cockpit, avionics, and engines.

Source: Delta Museum

Powering the aircraft would be two rear-mounted Pratt & Whitney JT8D engines.

Source: Pratt & Whitney

Mounting the engines at the rear of the aircraft instead of under the wings offered a quiet cabin for those seated towards the front but a noisy ride for those in the last few rows.

The same engines were used on the Boeing 727, a tri-engine jet with a similar T-tail design.

Airlines like Delta had opted for the MD-80 as a replacement to the 727 since the former was able to offer better economics with only two engines.

Source: Delta Museum

The MD-80 series was built at McDonnell Douglas’ Long Beach, California facility on the grounds of Long Beach …read more

Source:: Business Insider


(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *