Gr8slvrflt From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1587 posts, RR: 11 Reply 1, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 2646 times:
Here's the official press release:
BW5117 JAN 05,2004 2:01 PACIFIC 05:01 EASTERN
( BW)(FL-AIRTRAN-AIRWAYS)(AAI) AirTran Airways Marks Final Flight of DC-9; Airline Now Has One of the Youngest All-Boeing Fleets in the World
ORLANDO, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 5, 2004--AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:AAI), today announced the final flight of the airline's last DC-9 aircraft. Ship number 949 will make her final descent today, January 5, 2004, at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport at 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time leaving AirTran Airways with one of the youngest all-Boeing fleets worldwide.
The aircraft will operate the following schedule today:
Flight Origin Departs Destination Arrives
735 Atlanta 11:25 a.m. Orlando 12:50 p.m.
744 Orlando 1:30 p.m. Atlanta 3:00 p.m.
The 32-year old DC-9, registration number N849AT, rolled off the Douglas assembly line in Long Beach, Calif., on December 1, 1971, and AirTran Airways acquired the aircraft on October 30, 1996. The aircraft will have logged 69,788 flights and 77,900 flight hours total upon retirement.
The crew on the flights will be Captain Michael D. "Mad Dog" Watson, Captain Rich Umbel, Lead Flight Attendant Lisa Misconis, and Flight Attendants Karen Gold and Ludmila Dahknovskaia.
AirTran Airways has operated DC-9 aircraft since the airline's first day of service, October 26, 1993, and, at one point, the airline had more than 50 DC-9s in its fleet. The airline has donated three DC-9's - two to technical training colleges in both Kansas City, Mo., and in Eastman, Ga., for use in training future airline mechanics, and one DC-9 is on display at the Virginia Air and Space Center in Hampton, Va., where it is the centerpiece of an interactive exhibit in the Aviation Exhibit Hall.
With today's retirement of the last DC-9, AirTran Airways will operate a fleet of 73 new Boeing 717s, making the airline the largest operator of the Boeing 717 aircraft in the world. In addition, the airline's July 1, 2003, announcement of an order for 100 Boeing 737s and 10 additional Boeing 717s, further solidifies its fleet modernization plan. The first Boeing 737 will be delivered in June 2004.
"The DC-9 remains a reliable aircraft, and its last flight with AirTran Airways marks the end of an era," stated Joe Leonard, AirTran Airways' chairman and chief executive officer. "We look forward to the future as we continue to offer our customers outstanding air travel options on a newer and younger state-of-the-art Boeing fleet."
Wilcharl From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1158 posts, RR: 3 Reply 3, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 2519 times:
i think its wonderful that mad dawg got to fly the last flight.. For those who don't know who he is he was one of FLs most famous captains, getting articles in the news about his annoucments, his harmonica and his wonderful customer service.
Wilcharl From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1158 posts, RR: 3 Reply 12, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 2215 times:
my memories of captain "mad dawg":
He would play "bad to the bone" on his harmonica .. apparently a carry over from his days at eastern. I talked to former Eastern F/As and they even have fond memories of him.
The other thing i remember was him telling the passengers if the line was not moving "poke the person in front of you" if there is no one in front of you to poke.... you were holding up the other passengers and needed to get seated....
GroundStop From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 611 posts, RR: 6 Reply 13, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 2140 times:
Citrus 744 touched down on ATL's 27L at 1536 Local this afternoon. Upon turning off on the high speed the tower controller said, "Another beautiful landing Mad Dog, we're sorry to see 'em go." Old ship 949 entered Ramp 3 to a water cannon salute and blocked in to C20 at 1540. She is currently scheduled to ferry back to MCO for good as flight 8949 at 1700 this evening. Adios DC9!