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Has Alaska Retired All Of Its MD80s Yet?  
User currently offlineSeptember11 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3623 posts, RR: 21
Posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 6570 times:

While back ago, I read about Alaska Airlines phasing out its MD80s over few years or couple of months. Has all been phased out yet? I hope I did not miss their final MD80 flight. Thanks in advance.


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User currently offline787seattle From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 641 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 6546 times:

Nope. I have seen several flying around Seattle. I took a trip to San Jose a week ago and saw some sitting around there.


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User currently offlineFlywithken From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 223 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 6534 times:

there were at least two in PDX today...not entirely sure of the retirement schedule, but i think i remember something about Fall of 2008.

User currently offlinePDXCessna206 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 6462 times:

I still hear them go over the house. Loud but cool to listen to.

User currently offlineFlyibaby From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1017 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 6390 times:

I checked one out recently at SJC too. Anyone know the date these a/c become history?

User currently offlineCrownvic From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1865 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 6366 times:

A lot vanished from the May schedule including all on the LAS services. The word originally was September, but I am now hearing from officials at AS, that it may actually be sooner.

User currently offlineAA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5727 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 6295 times:

We will occasionally still see one here in Anchorage. It's rare, but every so often, one will pop in from SEA.

User currently offlineSilver1SWA From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 4770 posts, RR: 26
Reply 7, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 6257 times:
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Still see them daily at SAN.


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User currently offline737-990 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 365 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 6241 times:

Alaska still has 8 MD80s in it's fleet and is currently scheduled to retire it from service by October. Look for the 8 to remain in service through the busy summer months followed by a quick draw down come September. Of course if the price of oil continues to skyrocket and Alaska needs to withdraw capacity fast then look for a quicker retirement. AS is using the MDs on routes out of SEA to LAX/OAK/ONT/SMF/SAN and SJC.


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User currently offlinePdxcessna206 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 6229 times:

I am really going to miss them taking off from PDX, leaving their trail of smoke above Tower Hill as I drive on I205. American still flies a couple in a day but Alaska's were very prevalent.

[Edited 2008-05-10 22:44:46]

User currently offlineTrijetsRMissed From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 2331 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 6141 times:

Do the remaining MD-83s have any takers lined up? These aircraft are owned, no? Perhaps G4 will be interested. I hope they find a home, these aircraft are early-mid '90s builds and have a lot more life left in them, oil prices permitting.


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User currently offlineWedgetail737 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5890 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 6134 times:
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I'm slated to fly on an AS maddog in August from OAK, but we'll see if that holds true. I'm sure it will be the last time on an AS MD bird.

User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13517 posts, RR: 62
Reply 12, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 6063 times:
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The last MD80 will be retired from the AS fleet on September 30, 2008.


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User currently offlineViasa From Switzerland, joined Jun 2005, 1870 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 6037 times:



Quoting 737-990 (Reply 8):
Alaska still has 8 MD80s in it's fleet

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User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 5787 times:



Quoting TrijetsRMissed (Reply 10):
Perhaps G4 will be interested.

IIRC, wasn't there a rumored deal between the two airlines for the Mad Dogs that fell through? Now whether G4 is still looking at picking up more a/c could depend on the price of oil. There was an article in the Las Vegas Review-Journal about a month ago on G4 that mentioned that had just picked up 6 MD-80s that are supposed to join the fleet in the next year or so (No mention of who they bought them from, perhaps they have made a deal for some of the AS Mad Dog fleet?).


User currently offlineHikesWithEyes From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 816 posts, RR: 7
Reply 15, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 5153 times:

I am not sure who bought them, but decomissioning work is being done at VCV, and most of them have
gone to MIA.



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User currently offlineFATFlyer From United States of America, joined May 2001, 5791 posts, RR: 15
Reply 16, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 4842 times:



Quoting Srbmod (Reply 14):
There was an article in the Las Vegas Review-Journal about a month ago on G4 that mentioned that had just picked up 6 MD-80s that are supposed to join the fleet in the next year or so (No mention of who they bought them from, perhaps they have made a deal for some of the AS Mad Dog fleet?).

No those are the ones they bought from FlyNordic.

ALLEGIANT TRAVEL COMPANY ANNOUNCES PURCHASE OF SIX AIRCRAFT, REAFFIRMS FINANCIAL STRENGTH
http://www.allegiantair.com/aaNews/aaNews20080410b.php



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User currently offlineA380fo From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 322 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 4730 times:

There not here in LGB anymore. Which is rare, because not long ago all flights to SEA were on the MD.

I like the 737s better anyways  Wink


User currently offlineSilver1SWA From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 4770 posts, RR: 26
Reply 18, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 4397 times:
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There is an unmakred all-white MD80 that visits SAN nightly. I don't recall the full registration, but I know it ends with AS. Is this a former AS bird? And if so, does anyone know who operates these late night flights to/from SAN?


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User currently offlineLaxboeingman From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 538 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 3957 times:

My friend told me that they were. I know that they used to fly PDX-LAX. Do they still do that? Maybe the planes at the airport were sitting there for retirement. If that is the case, wouldn't they be in SEA or ANC?

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User currently offlineAlexEU From Serbia, joined Oct 2007, 1817 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 3927 times:

What's up with Alaska's 737-200 (Combi?) ?

User currently offlineRobsawatsky From Canada, joined Dec 2003, 597 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3593 times:

Quoting AlexEU (Reply 22):
What's up with Alaska's 737-200 (Combi?) ?

Gone.

You can see Alaska's fleet plan here:

http://www.alaskasworld.com/newsroom/ASNews/AS-Fact-Sheet_Fleet.asp

[Edited 2008-05-11 16:21:56]

User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 22, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 3221 times:



Quoting TrijetsRMissed (Reply 10):
Perhaps G4 will be interested.



Quoting Srbmod (Reply 14):
IIRC, wasn't there a rumored deal between the two airlines for the Mad Dogs that fell through?

G4 walked away from the idea of getting the AS Mad Dogs because of the no-compete clause that AS wanted to add to the terms of sale.

Quoting AlexEU (Reply 20):
What's up with Alaska's 737-200 (Combi?) ?

They have been gone for about a year or so....



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User currently offlineChugach From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1041 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2786 times:



Quoting Laxboeingman (Reply 19):
If that is the case, wouldn't they be in SEA or ANC?

AS MD-80's have been gone from the state of Alaska since last fall. AS is making a concerted effort to keep the MD's in the lower 48 to cut down on system delays.



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User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13517 posts, RR: 62
Reply 24, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2693 times:
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Quoting Chugach (Reply 23):
Quoting Laxboeingman (Reply 19):
If that is the case, wouldn't they be in SEA or ANC?

AS MD-80's have been gone from the state of Alaska since last fall. AS is making a concerted effort to keep the MD's in the lower 48 to cut down on system delays.

That plan now has them on a closed-cycle flying to/from SEA only, in certain markets only.



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25 Chugach : Sounds like a good idea, especially with a ramped up summer schedule coming into play shortly. My last ride on one was AS 148 last October, ANC-SEA.
26 WA707atMSP : The MD-80 / DC-9 has always been my favorite narrow body, because of the 2-3 seating arrangement. 40% of the seats are windows, and one fewer middle s
27 AirframeAS : That is one positive thing about AA, but with AA they don't fly where I need to go. Plus they are generally more expensive.
28 WESTERN737800 : I think NW will buy all of the AS MD80s to replace the A320s in turn helping with fleet commonality issues. The MD/DC9 will be their fleet of the futu
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