Here are the final revenue flights for all 4 remaining MD-80s on August 24th.
AS369 SMF - SEA arrives at 7:23PM
AS471 LAX - SEA arrives at 9:03PM
AS331 SJC - SEA arrives at 9:49PM
AS363 SMF - SEA arrives at 10:03PM
Don't know if there will be a special goodbye flight around the Seattle area or not since a 10:03PM arrival in the dark doesn't seem very fun for a final flight. It will definitely be harder to see a water cannon salute.
There will be a special employee ceremony saying goodbye to the MD-80 on August 28th in the hangar in SEA but only AS employees with a badge can get in. We have also been told we will be welcoming a new 737-800 with a unique difference and a special significance. But no other details than that.
Hatbutton From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1475 posts, RR: 14 Reply 7, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 15366 times:
Quoting ERJ135 (Reply 6): My bet goes to a heritage livery. Unique, because it will be the only one of it's kind and sprecial significance in it's historical sence.
I would hope so but why would we do another one now? We had four heritage liveries to vote on prior to the 75th anniversary and the Starliner design won. I wish we had done all 4 liveries in that contest. The Golden Nugget theme would've been great on an -800. I think it'd be cool to have an MD-80 tribute plane but don't know what the special significance would be.
Wedgetail737 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5758 posts, RR: 5 Reply 11, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 15018 times:
I'm glad I had the opportunity to fly on an AS MD-80 for the last time a few weeks ago from OAK to SEA. The MD-80 felt old with the old interior and the smaller overhead bins. I still remember my first AS MD-80 trip from OAK to ONT. The airplane brand, spankin' new at the time.
I'll be looking forward to see what AS comes up with on the MD-80 retirement/new 73H come the 25th of August.
Quoting Hatbutton (Reply 7): I would hope so but why would we do another one now?
Hatbutton...you can never have a shortage of special liveries on airplanes. Another heritage color scheme would be awesome.
I wish they would have a special color scheme for the Seattle Seahawks! Or how about what US Airways has been doing with some of their airplanes...past color schemes???
Chrisair From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1925 posts, RR: 3 Reply 12, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 14755 times:
Quoting Hatbutton (Reply 7): I think it'd be cool to have an MD-80 tribute plane but don't know what the special significance would be.
Whether or not people believe it, the MD-80 does have quite a bit of historical significance with AS. It really shaped the AS we've come to know (and maybe love) today. Those planes were the backbone of their fleet after the 727 left, and opened such "exotic" destinations, like VVO and Magadan, as well as all their Mexico service, and their first "transcon" flight, LAX-YYZ.
Maybe the 738 will be dedicated to their SEA rampers?
Hatbutton From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1475 posts, RR: 14 Reply 17, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 13343 times:
Quoting Wedgetail737 (Reply 11): Hatbutton...you can never have a shortage of special liveries on airplanes. Another heritage color scheme would be awesome.
I wouldn't be complaining. All I'm saying is it would seem strange now to introduce another one when we had four designs back when we voted on them. We've been getting a lot of new -800s so you'd think some of them would have been painted by now. Unless the whole plan was to wait until the MD-80 retirement to do another. I wish they had done all four we got to vote on.
However, I wonder if it will be a special plane commemorating the "friendship flight" to Russia in 1988. This year would be the 20th anniversary.
N234NW From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 77 posts, RR: 0 Reply 19, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 13071 times:
I was about to spend 40,000 on a first class round trip ticket on 363, but by the time I booked, the last first seat had already filled.
I'm going to miss the MD-80, all though it did seem like every flight I was on had some sort of mechanical delay (That is probably an unfair characterization). The MD-80 was always such a nice change from the 737, especially when seated on the 2 seat side of the aircraft. I found first class to be much quieter than on the 737's.
The view into the flight deck was much cooler too , I loved seeing the "TAK OFF" mode display, in the green LED style lights.
WA707atMSP From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 2132 posts, RR: 13 Reply 20, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 12760 times:
There's a great article in the current issue of Airways Magazine about the history of the AS MD-80 fleet. AS has the highest time MD-80 pilot, who retired a couple of years ago with 18,000 hours on the MD-80.
If you like AS MD-80s, you'll definitely want to get the magazine!
Hatbutton From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1475 posts, RR: 14 Reply 21, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 12546 times:
This was just sent on our employee communications...
"One era ends and another begins next Thursday, Aug. 28, when Alaska Airlines retires its remaining MD-80 jets and begins flying the Boeing 737 exclusively. In a ceremony at the Seattle Hangar, Alaska will close a 23-year chapter of its history that saw the MD-80 introduce our beloved Eskimo to California, Mexico and the Russian Far East. And as aircraft N977AS banks its wings in a final salute around Mount Rainier, a very special 737-800 called the 'Spirit of Seattle' will share the skies over the metropolitan area on its delivery flight from Boeing.
Employees are invited to the Seattle Hangar to witness this historic event. Come see both aircraft, take photos and enjoy light refreshments from 2 to 4 p.m. Parking is not available for the event, so buses will provide transportation to the hangar from Corporate Headquarters and the Gold Coast Center, starting at 1:30 p.m. (be sure to have your company ID)."
The final MD-80, N977AS, will fly around Mt. Rainier with retirees, previous fleet captains and special invited guests involved with the MD-80’s history at Alaska Airlines. The special significance is only referencing the fact that we will be transitioned to a single fleet type.
I'll try to get over there and take pics of the farewell flight and the new 737-800. Hopefully it will actually be painted in a different livery rather than just bear the titles "Spirit of Seattle."