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Alaska MD-80 Retirement  
User currently offline146CREW From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 211 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 8 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 16234 times:

Sorry if this has already been discussed, I searched and couldn't find what I was looking for.

Does anyone have information on the final MD-80 flight for Alaska Airlines?

Thanks!


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User currently offlineHatbutton From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1477 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (5 years 8 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 16170 times:
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It was discussed a little in this post.

http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...=4029568&s=alaska+aug+25#ID4029568

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.


User currently offlineChrisair From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 2001 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (5 years 8 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 16135 times:



Quoting Hatbutton (Reply 1):
We have also been told we will be welcoming a new 737-800 with a unique difference and a special significance

It'll have "FLY DC JETS" on the tail?


User currently offlineHatbutton From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1477 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (5 years 8 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 16078 times:
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Quoting Chrisair (Reply 2):
It'll have "FLY DC JETS" on the tail?

Haha who knows. I wonder if it might be AS's 100th 737 or something like that? Or 100th Boeing airplane? And maybe the unique difference is minus eyebrow windows?


User currently offlineGmcc From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 190 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 8 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 16052 times:

[quote=Hatbutton,reply=1]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.[/quote

Sounds like a tribute plane. Maybe a Bruce Kennedy face on the Eskimo.


User currently offlineBayAreaBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 260 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 8 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 15934 times:



Quoting Gmcc (Reply 4):
Sounds like a tribute plane. Maybe a Bruce Kennedy face on the Eskimo.

Bruce Kennedy already has an a/c dedicated for him, tail N306AS.


User currently offlineERJ135 From Australia, joined Nov 2000, 679 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (5 years 8 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 15858 times:

I don't think the eye brows are the thing as they have others in the fleet with out those,
I'm not sure it's a Boeing milestone aircraft either.

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.



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User currently offlineHatbutton From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1477 posts, RR: 14
Reply 7, posted (5 years 8 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 15800 times:
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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.


User currently offlineF9Animal From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 4947 posts, RR: 28
Reply 8, posted (5 years 8 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 15723 times:

It will be sad to see them go. Great airplane for sure!

Quoting Hatbutton (Reply 1):
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.

I hear it is going to be pretty neat.

[Edited 2008-08-19 18:29:02]


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User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13255 posts, RR: 62
Reply 9, posted (5 years 8 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 15522 times:
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Quoting F9Animal (Reply 8):
Quoting Hatbutton (Reply 1):
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.

I hear it is going to be pretty neat.

Me too. I'll definitely fly up for this!  bigthumbsup 



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User currently offlineBayAreaBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 260 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (5 years 8 months 5 days ago) and read 15508 times:



Quoting F9Animal (Reply 8):
I hear it is going to be pretty neat.

Just going to have to wait and see.


User currently offlineWedgetail737 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5831 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (5 years 8 months 5 days ago) and read 15452 times:
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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???


User currently offlineChrisair From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 2001 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (5 years 8 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 15189 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? Big grin


User currently offlineN53614 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 239 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (5 years 8 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 15158 times:

It is truly a shame that Alaska is retiring the MD-80s but all good things must come to an end.

I am going to try to get on Alaska 331 SJC-SEA...one (second to) last time!



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User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13255 posts, RR: 62
Reply 14, posted (5 years 8 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 15149 times:
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Quoting Chrisair (Reply 12):
Maybe the 738 will be dedicated to their SEA rampers?

No, but effective August 26th, the MD80s are dedicated to them.  Wink



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User currently offlineHikesWithEyes From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 816 posts, RR: 7
Reply 15, posted (5 years 8 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 14287 times:



Quoting Chrisair (Reply 12):
opened such "exotic" destinations, like VVO and Magadan

Actually, Soviet Far East service was started with 727-200s (with aux tanks).
When they left the fleet, then those cities were served with MDs.
Same with Mexico.



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User currently offlineBayAreaBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 260 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (5 years 8 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 14149 times:



Quoting Wedgetail737 (Reply 11):
I'll be looking forward to see what AS comes up with on the MD-80 retirement/new 73H come the 25th of August

Ceremony will be on the 28th, the expected date of the new delivery.


User currently offlineHatbutton From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1477 posts, RR: 14
Reply 17, posted (5 years 8 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 13777 times:
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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.

[Edited 2008-08-20 08:20:10]

User currently offlineWedgetail737 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5831 posts, RR: 5
Reply 18, posted (5 years 8 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 13527 times:
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Maybe one day, AS will consider reintroducing flights to the Russian Far East now that they have the airplanes that can easily make the trip.

User currently offlineN234NW From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 79 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (5 years 8 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 13505 times:
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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.  Sad

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  Smile, I loved seeing the "TAK OFF" mode display, in the green LED style lights.


User currently offlineWA707atMSP From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 2179 posts, RR: 12
Reply 20, posted (5 years 8 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 13194 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!



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User currently offlineHatbutton From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1477 posts, RR: 14
Reply 21, posted (5 years 8 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 12980 times:
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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."

[Edited 2008-08-20 10:41:26]

User currently offlineF9Animal From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 4947 posts, RR: 28
Reply 22, posted (5 years 8 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 12912 times:

Quoting EA CO AS (Reply 9):
Me too. I'll definitely fly up for this! bigthumbsup

Are you buying the beer?? LOL!

Quoting BayAreaBlue (Reply 10):
Just going to have to wait and see.

Yup! It will be a nice one for sure!

Very sad to see the Mad Dogs go though!!!  Sad

[Edited 2008-08-20 10:43:22]


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User currently offlinePlanesNTrains From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 5283 posts, RR: 29
Reply 23, posted (5 years 8 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 12870 times:

So how many special planes will this be for AS?

Disney (1 or 2?)
75th Anniversary
Salmon-3-Salmon
Spirit of Seattle
Alaskaair.com

Could someone provide an update?  Smile

-Dave



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User currently offlineHikesWithEyes From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 816 posts, RR: 7
Reply 24, posted (5 years 8 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 12822 times:



Quoting PlanesNTrains (Reply 23):
Disney (1 or 2?)

There are 3 Disney aircraft.
Make a wish with the genie from Aladdin,
Mickey and friends, and Tinkerbell.
There used to be 2 alaskaair.com planes, but one has been repainted
in the standard AS livery.



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25 Post contains links and images EA772LR : Could it be any better than this?? View Large View MediumPhoto © Tobias Rose - AirTeamImages
26 Hatbutton : There are also 5 ETOPS 737-800s with the Lei around the Eskimo's neck.
27 PlanesNTrains : So... Disney 1 Disney 2 Disney 3 75th Ann. Salmon Alaskaair.com Lei Lei Lei Lei Lei Spirit of Seattle 12 unique planes (7 without counting the Lei's).
28 Wedgetail737 : I believe the 737-400 was repainted to the standard livery. If there is a new custom livery for the 73H for the 25th, then it should be out of the fa
29 PlanesNTrains : Thank you. So: -Dave
30 BayAreaBlue : All 10 ETOPS have lei's them. Painting is done at BFI where the delivery center is. I think it has been awhile since painting has been done in Renton
31 BayAreaBlue : Special Livery Aircraft (Current Fleet): Disney (Mickey) - N784AS (-400) Disney (Tinkerbell/50th) - N791AS (-400) Disney (Genie/Make-A-Wish) - N706AS
32 EA CO AS : Technically I'll be working, so no beer.
33 BayAreaBlue : The last MD-80 flight from SMF to SEA, Flight 363, still has coach seats available. The last MD-80 flight from SJC to SEA, Flight 331, still has first
34 Hatbutton : My bad. I thought only 5 of them had Leis. Back when the employees of AS voted on the choice for a retro livery, and the Starliner won, is there anyo
35 AS739X : Lei's will be coming off soon The new a/c next week N512AS will be "The Spirit of Seattle" ASSFO
36 BayAreaBlue : The lei's were orignally going to be on for about 6 months and then come off. But, they have performed well and are still on. New ETOPS birds (3 more
37 PlanesNTrains : Thank you for the list. Bummer. -Dave
38 AS739X : I like them as well. Hope BayBlue is right and they will stay on longer. Originally it was till this month (Aug '08) and I haven't seen any removed,
39 N960AS : So sad, so sad...wish I could be there. I've missed the AS MD80s recently living here in Switzerland. Oh well, when I get back lots of AA and DL MD80s
40 GoAlaska : That is correct. n774as. I was on that plane in June and it was the standard scheme.
41 MD80Nut : As a fan of the MD80 it's sad to see another airline retire them. But what can you say, the A32Xs and 737NG airplanes replacing them are that much mor
42 BayAreaBlue : You will.
43 Post contains links HikesWithEyes : There will be yet another special paint job in the future. It has been discussed before, but the website for the contest is now up and working: http:/
44 BayAreaBlue : Yup. That will be on a -400.
45 Post contains links United_Fan : I see one is enroute to VCV now... http://flightaware.com/live/flight/ASA9457
46 Hatbutton : Yep, 6 left
47 BayAreaBlue : N944AS
48 Post contains links and images FlyPBA : here you go of course ... I wouldn't mind seeing something like these either: [Edited 2008-08-21 11:56:14]
49 Wedgetail737 : So here's a dumb question and it's merely me putting 2 and 2 together. Once the winner of the "Painttheplane.com" contest is complete, will AS be pain
50 BayAreaBlue : The specific aircraft is not known, although N754AS ("Spirit of Alaska") would be an appropriate aircraft for it. The paint scheme will basically be
51 Hatbutton : Awesome, thank you. Definitely. These are my all-time favorite AS liveries. That was my favorite of the 4 we had to choose from. I wish we did all of
52 Wedgetail737 : I would imagine AS probably has nearly as many theme airplanes as US Airways, give or a take a couple. Yes...that would have been very cool. I remembe
53 Alias1024 : I guess that means the first Starbucks logo jet
54 Wedgetail737 : How long is the last MD-80 flight over Mt. Rainier? So long, MD-80! It was nice flying on ya over the years.
55 SeattleFlyer : I'm booked on AS 363. Is AS planning any kind of special events surrounding these flights? Water cannon, party/ceremony before or after the flight fo
56 Post contains links and images Hatbutton : I was just about to say that I bet the new "Spirit of Seattle" plane would more likely be a Boeing plane than a Starbucks plane and look what I found
57 Gunsontheroof : I was wondering if the mystery bird was already flying around town somewhere...weather in the photo looks about right for the last few days! Anyways,
58 Hatbutton : I'm confused as to how the tail is retro? It looks normal to me, but on A.net is says retro tail and the caption says retro.
59 Alias1024 : I'm disappointed with that too. It actually works very nicely since the eskimo's blue goes well with the fuselage, but the Seattle skyline would cert
60 Hatbutton : Haha yeah I knew you were joking. I was going to joke back that it should also include a huge Boeing and Microsoft logo but I found that pic before I
61 Post contains links and images Gunsontheroof : It would appear to be painted in a lighter blue similar to that used in the previous AS livery. View Large View MediumPhoto © Royal S King View
62 Hatbutton : Are you sure it's not just the lighting? I mean, the whiteness of the tail blends into the background. And you can still see the teal outline of the
63 Gunsontheroof : I noticed the teal outline too, and as you said, it could just be the light--my hunch is that the colors have been adjusted somewhat to better match
64 Wedgetail737 : It's not a Boeing 737 milestone other than the fact that AS will be flying an all-737 fleet. The "Boeing" MD-80 is still considered McD to the end an
65 Alias1024 : Now that would just scare the hell out of passengers, as they would assume the airplane was running on Windows. You are right that they did a great j
66 Rgreenftm : Does anyone actually believe that the picture above is the actual "Spirit of Seattle" plane? I just can't see this as being more than a good photoshop
67 Clickhappy : Dude, are you saying my photo isn't real?
68 AADC10137 : I don't want to sound too rude, but I don't think Airliners.net accepts fake or otherwise altered photos. Great shot, Royal!! Andy
69 Wedgetail737 : Why wouldn't AS want the Boeing color scheme on their aircraft??? AS and Boeing have a great business relationship. N512AS marks the occasion that AS
70 Post contains links Clickhappy : Andrew Sieber also got a couple of nice shots: http://www.flickr.com/photos/smartjunco/
71 Hatbutton : Completely agreed. There is nothing about this plane that makes AS have less class. I'd have thought AS would have been first to have this livery con
72 727LOVER : Could someone list all the special liveries AS has? I have Aladin & Salmon What else? .com retro disneyland boeing
73 Hatbutton :
74 BayAreaBlue : Aircraft is for real. This was something Boeing offered to do for AS. Also, the Eskimo is a different blue than all of the other normal AS aircraft.
75 Hatbutton : That's what I figured. I wasn't questioning the photographer's credibility in seeing that it was a different color. I just thought it looked odd and
76 BayAreaBlue : I have seen aircraft painted in the Boeing Dreamliner colors that don't even have the airline title on the fuselage, it is just the tail logo. IIRC,
77 Hatbutton : Yeah you are right. Doesn't look as nice that way. I just looked at the China Airlines 747 that was painted in the dreamliner livery and they have th
78 787seattle : That would be nice. Possibly with a Mt. Rainier silhouette too. Great picture, Royal!!
79 Rgreenftm : Ok all - I stand corrected, and I redact my previous statement 100%. The picture I saw of this plane originally looked bad, which is why I felt it was
80 EA CO AS :
81 Cactus739 :
82 Alaska737 : nice looking plane, I hope to see it in the next few weeks!
83 Arffguy : Am I the only one who finds this scheme boring and minimizing to Alaska's rich history? Surely, this isn't THE "tribute" or "special" one is it? The D
84 Columba : Agreed, at least the MD 80 was different from the A320 and 737 and apart from the chinese ARJ 21 and the CRJ it is likely we will not see any new t t
85 SJC4Me : " target=_blank>http://www.painttheplane.com/ I sent my submission. I'm ineligible but I don't care.
86 HikesWithEyes : It's the thought that counts.
87 Hatbutton : Yeah that's the last revenue flight. Don't know if they'll do a water cannon now that I saw there will be a fly around of Mt. Rainier for special gue
88 Rgreenftm : I believe I read recently that SEA will no longer do water salutes. I don't remember the exact reason, but I believe it had to do with restricted wat
89 Wedgetail737 : There's no restriction on water use up here. We've had a couple of great, wet winters here and all of our reservoirs are pretty much maxed out. I wou
90 JetBlueAtJFK : I would of hoped for it to at least say Spirit of Seattle. (Unless I'm missing it). Not bad though, could have been more though. B6jfk
91 Wedgetail737 : Anybody know what the text says above the "737" text?
92 Post contains links B2707SST : My guess is "Proudly All Boeing," which is already on many of the newer 737s: http://www.boeing.com/news/frontiers/archive/2007/april/i_ca02.pdf or s
93 As739x : Do you know who you are questioning? Thanks again for your great work. ASSFO
94 Silver1SWA : Just saw an AS MD-80 depart SAN. I grabbed some shots...hopefully they turned out ok. Gonna miss those birds!
95 Bruin787 : anyone know what the registration was on the bird that did the last LAX-SEA rotation today?
96 Hatbutton : I'll get it to you when I get to work tomorrow.
97 Bruin787 : Thanks!!!
98 KBFIspotter : It looks like N968AS made the last MD-80 flight out of LAX for AS... If I did not have to work today, I would have tried to nonrev on the last revenu
99 Post contains links and images Bruin787 : thanks for your help. i went down to the airport today to get a pic of the last flight coming in, and in the excitement forgot to get one of the regi
100 SuperDash : Flight 363 just touched down in Seattle. Farewell to the Mad Dog!
101 Gunsontheroof : Thought about it right around the time it flew right over my house here in Seattle--rats. I suppose I wouldn't have seen anything with the weather we
102 KBFIspotter : I just drove by the hangers here in SEA and one of them was sitting on the ramp looking very lonely... I did a little research baack here at the offic
103 BayAreaBlue : It is actually going to be N977AS that will be the retirement party aircraft.
104 28L28L : What were the a/c #s for the last scheduled SMF-SEA flight (AS363) and the last scheduled SJC-SEA flight (AS331)? Thanks
105 BayAreaBlue : AS 363 SMF-SEA was on N975AS AS 331 SJC-SEA was on N972AS
106 Hatbutton : We're you referring to an MD-80? Because no MDs were in LAX on 8/24. The last flight to SEA was a 737-800 N584AS.
107 KBFIspotter : N968AS left LAX for SEA at around 1830 yesterday, making it the last AS MD-80 to fly out of LAX... Kris
108 Hatbutton : Oops completely missed that. My bad. That light blue color is tough to see on gatesheet sometimes.
109 KBFIspotter : I hear you! Gatesheet can be confuing at times... That is why I tend to go with FOGS for info like this... Kris
110 Ah414211 : I had the pleasure of flying on AS363 SMF-SEA last night. It was a great flight....I'll sure miss those old birds. We had a water cannon salute depart
111 Silver1SWA : I'm not sure, but I think they may have done one at SAN as well. When I snapped the photos, I had to do so in the middle of working a flight so I did
112 September11 : Great picture! Thanks for sharing.
113 Post contains links and images September11 : Here are four of Alaska's best M80 pictures on Airliners.net: View Large View Medium Photo © Stuart Haigh - topjetpix View Large View Medium Photo ©
114 Gunsontheroof : Ah, so it was ship #975...that was the only Alaska MD I ever flew on. Cool.
115 Wedgetail737 : I flew on AS MD-80's quite a few times from the time they started receiving new MD-80's to about three weeks before their retirement. My first flight
116 SuperDash : I'm glad you got to ride on the last flight. If there is any consolation, SEA ATC made some nice comments to your crew last night. They too said they
117 Post contains images Silver1SWA : The last departure at SAN...
118 Wedgetail737 : One of those MD-80's will be for the big ceremony for the retirement of the Maddogs.
119 Wedgetail737 : There is an article in today's Seattle PI that the last MD-80 flight SAN-SEA was flown by a father-daughter pair. It was pretty good article.
120 AS739X : Claude and Dana his daughter. They are a great family and he is the true definition of a professional airline pilot. They did a water cannon salute t
121 Jawed : to be honest, ever since the jackscrew accident, i've not liked MD80's
122 EA CO AS : I still love the MD80s, and I'm sad to see them leave the fleet - even though it's for the best. I'll be flying up to SEA today to kiss N977AS goodbye
123 F9Animal : Glad to see AS put them together on such a memorable event. This is almost as sad as seeing AS retire the 727 from service. I will always have a plac
124 Wedgetail737 : The SAN-SEA flight was the last flight for the father in his 20-some-odd years of service. The daughter is going to be trained in the 737's this wint
125 F9Animal : Oh yes, Jet America!!! I totally forgot that. I flew on them a few times, and thought they were the best! They remind me of what Midwest is now. I al
126 HowSwedeitis : Ah the AA MD80... I can't believe this is it... Horizon is soon getting rid of the Q-200's... and Alaska's only got the 737s now... *Sigh* I understan
127 Wedgetail737 : Believe it or not, it was AS that had the Roy Orbison sunglasses to promote flights to Southern California back in the 1980's...not too long after st
128 Post contains links Hatbutton : I can't find a pic yet of the real plane AS put sunglasses on the Eskimo of the MD-80s at one point. I believe it was when they started service to Ca
129 Wedgetail737 : Wasn't the California Roy Orbison promotion not too long after the Jet America merger?
130 Chrisair : They also put cartoon bubbles on the plane. Chester said "Thanks," if I recall. That was back in the mid-90s.
131 BayAreaBlue : Sunglasses were indeed to promote the expansion into CA
132 F9Animal : " target=_blank>http://www.la-center.com/images/JXM-...2.JPG LMAO!! That is funny. We have the largest database of pics in the airline industry, and
133 Hatbutton : Yeah for the Hawaii service we should have had the eskimo wear sunglasses, a lei, and be surfing on the tail.
134 BayAreaBlue : We would have to have been careful because we don't want to put anything on the rudder. Applying sunglasses would have meant the rudder would be affe
135 Hatbutton : Yeah I was just joking because we've put many things on the eskimo, but it would be funny to see him surfing
136 Hatbutton : I see that the farewell MD-80 flight is going to be AS9580 and is scheduled to take off at 1:15pm here. Flightaware shows it as scheduled for 41 minut
137 BayAreaBlue : Blocked out here at the SEA hangar at 1232.
138 BayAreaBlue : Off the ground and in the air @ 12:55 PST
139 Post contains links and images TommyBoy : Here you go with the Roy Orbison sunglasses! View Large View MediumPhoto © Joe G. Walker
140 F9Animal : Oh man, that is great! They should apply a few of these to the 737's!
141 Wedgetail737 : Did anyone get to see the AS 73H in Boeing House colors today? I can't wait to see the Spirit of Alaska aircraft with a kid's drawing on it.
142 Post contains links and images Hatbutton : Here's the picture from the alaskasworld.com website...much better than the pics I got.
143 Wedgetail737 : Did they give any commerative free stuff out for the special occasion?
144 Cessna172RG : Yeah, lots of cigarettes to make up for their anti-smoking policy...
145 Post contains links and images EA CO AS : You could say that... Here's the photos from the retirement of N977AS - and the introduction of N512AS. Inside the SEA hangar, waiting for the event
146 Post contains links and images KBFIspotter : I wish I could have been there when both ships arrived, but a few of my QX coworkers and I stopped by to check out 512AS and wish 977AS a fond farewel
147 HowSwedeitis : Awesome shots!! I wish I could have been there. -HSII
148 Wedgetail737 : Very nice pictures! Thank you for sharing the event with all of us!
149 Hatbutton : They just gave away a bumper sticker style picture of 512AS and a card with some MD-80 pics on it (including Jet America and the Roy Orbison sunglass
150 Chrisair : Hey EA CO AS who do I contact for that huge MD-80 model. You guys don't need it anymore....it'd look great in my living room....
151 EA CO AS : I hear ya! I've been dropping hints about that model for years, but it never seems to find its way to my house.
152 Wedgetail737 : I'll be happy when someone puts out a 1/400 scale model of the 73H. I already have a bunch of AS Maddogs in various color schemes.
153 United_fan : They did order them back in the day,too. I wonder what they were going to use them for?
154 Hatbutton : I thought it was just because Boeing pitched to them doing a shuttle between SEA-ANC with it. Sort of like what Asian carriers have done over short,
155 AirframeAS : Big thank you to both of you for the awesome pics... Is that sign still etched on the door at SEAHQ? LOL! Ahh the old hangar... Not my old work area,
156 KBFIspotter : I thought the East hanger was the old one? Every one I have talked to has said the new ne was the west one, which is were the ceramony was... Kris
157 AirframeAS : The east hangar is the old one. The "New Hangar" is the west one. The pics seemed like part of it was also at the old hangar.... Seems like it wasn't
158 Post contains links and images EA CO AS : AS had an option on a 747-100 back in the day, and it was quickly (and quietly) dropped. There has never been an order for a 747-400. It's a 1/50 sca
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