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What's The Next Airliner Family To Retire  
User currently offlineZrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 3525 posts, RR: 8
Posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 4732 times:

Mind you, not sure if this is really a poll. While the thread will certainly get opinions, there may be facts out there as well!

So what is the next airliner that will retire? I would imagine it will be the DC-9 followed by the MD-80. But perhaps the A300 will go first. Thoughts?

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User currently offlineAerorobNZ From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 8297 posts, RR: 17
Reply 1, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4715 times:

As passenger aircraft only, or freighters as well??? For pax aircraft

User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 4684 times:

Quoting Zrs70 (Thread starter):
So what is the next airliner that will retire? I would imagine it will be the DC-9 followed by the MD-80. But perhaps the A300 will go first. Thoughts?

The A300 will definitely stick around as a cargo a/c for years to come.

The DC-9 is essentially already retired, with the majority of the remaining a/c in service (According to Airlinerlist, 301 a/c) being with NW (99) and GB (53). Less than a third of the DC-9s that were built are still in service. Most DC-9s that get retired from an airline these days end up scrapped.

The MD-80/82/82/87/88/90 family is definitely the next major family to be retired from major airlines. When you consider that between AA, DL, and AZ, you have well over 500 a/c that will be replaced and retired in the future. Right now, close to 20% of the total MD-80 family a/c that were built (Well over 1000 a/c) are currently not in service (scrapped, written off, stored). While the last MD-80 family a/c being delivered 7-8 years ago, the newer a/c will still be in service for years to come, more than likely with smaller carriers who may have a handful of them in their fleet. You probably won't be seeing too many MD-80 cargo a/c.

I don't think you'll be seeing a major retirement of A320 family a/c in the near future. Airlines may start retiring their older ones and replacing them with new-builds of the same model. Now whether these older A320 family a/c find a second life as freighters or with smaller airlines, who knows, especially since some early A320s are already getting scrapped for parts.

The 737 Classics will probably become cargo stalwarts like it's older sibling the 727 has been. Same will be true of the 757 as well.

User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 12165 posts, RR: 56
Reply 3, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 4673 times:

I'd say the next type to actually leave the skies will include;

BAC 1-11

Most others, especially the MadDogs, I can see knocking around to less affluent parts of the world for decades to come.

Dan Smile

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