PGNCS From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 2511 posts, RR: 45 Reply 2, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3181 times:
They are nowhere near being retired. Go to AA.com and search any routes you are interested in; MD-80s are all over the place. Start by looking in STL or DFW. It's not a remotely difficult exercise to find them.
lasairlinerenth From United States of America, joined Apr 2012, 52 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2543 times:
My recent segment from LAS to DFW on April 4th was on an MD80. I didn't catch the registration, but the coach cabin was clean and comfortable. My return from DFW to LAS on April 8th was also on an MD80. Not sure if that one was older or not than the plane for my outbound flight, but even in the first class cabin where I sat it seemed a bit in the tattier side. Nice ride home to Las Vegas with a great crew, though. As an aside: I saw a mix of MD80s, 738s, 757s, 767s, and one or two 777s while transiting through DFW, with the MD80s and 738s being dominant in numbers by far. In Boston, I saw only 757s and 738s on my arrival last Wednesday evening and departure yesterday morning. No MD80s.
ckfred From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 4650 posts, RR: 1 Reply 13, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2220 times:
I did a round trip beween ORD and DFW on the MD-80. In glancing at the builder's plate in the door frame of L1, the southbound plane was built in 1987, and the northbound plane was built in 1988. Regardless of the cost fo flying them, AA has gotten their money's worth out of the fleet.
AAIL86 From Finland, joined Feb 2011, 390 posts, RR: 2 Reply 15, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1889 times:
Quoting PRAirbus (Reply 14): Good riddance! Can't wait for new planes to take over the MD80s!
Oh yeah? When the last one is retired forever - you'll probably be on here with the rest of us bemoaning the end of another great aircraft - maybe even throwing in a couple points about how the new airplanes will never be as cool looking or well built or something else to that effect.
We humans are funny critters- stuff that's moderately old but still widely used is often considered trash, but something completely out of date- why that's something scarce, notable and perhaps magical. Just ask railroad buffs about steam engines - railroads were dying to get rid of them in the 1940s and 1950s because of their much higher operating costs- but now there's such a feeling of bleary-eyed nostalgia about them (at least for train buffs). Or talk to some Liner enthusiasts about the Titanic, Queen Mary, Normandie, or Mauretania -modern cruise ships don't hold a candle in their minds compared to those ships (although they do have air conditioning). The MD80 is no different- can't wait for all the endless tribute threads surely to come.
Fastphilly From United States of America, joined Apr 2012, 15 posts, RR: 0 Reply 17, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 2 days ago) and read 1742 times:
MD-80's are becoming a rare sight here at SFO.. I used to see quite a few AA MD80's up until the last few months. I remember the same went for their 727's. It was impossible to spot a AA 727 throughout the entire 1990's at SFO. Then I fly into DFW and I seen quite a few (this was 1999). Since AA has a small percentage of flights out of SFO, I guess a chance of getting AA variety is slim.