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Oct 13: Alitalia MD-80 Farewell Flight  
User currently offlineIDAWA From Italy, joined Aug 2004, 303 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 12 months 22 hours ago) and read 9329 times:

Nearly 29 years after the first two Alitalia MD-82s - I-DAWA "Roma" and I-DAWE "Milano" - were delivered, the Italian flag carrier will be retiring the type by October 2012.


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This marks as well the end of Alitalia DC-9 operations, that started in 1967 with a -32 frame, I-DIKA.





In order to celebrate this event, the Aviazione Civile association (www.aviazionecivile.it), in cooperation with Alitalia, is organizing a MXP-MXP farewell roundtrip on October 13. The flight will last about one hour and will overfly scenic landscapes such as the Mont Blanc and the Garda Lake. A farewell toast will be part of the onboard service.

The flight will be operated by a 141-seater MD-82, the candidates being I-DACR ("Carrara", 1990), I-DACS ("Maratea", 1990), I-DACZ ("Castelfidardo", 1991), I-DATM ("Cividale del Friuli", 1995). The aircraft will feature some extra-comfort "Poltrona Sorrento" seats, much more comfortable than any short-haul business class of the 2010s, that can be booked in advance.


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Anyone interested to be part of this flight may leave a post on the Aviazione Civile's forum at http://www.aviazionecivile.org/vb/sh...Bye-MD-80-quot-13-OTTOBRE-2012**** . Indicative prices for non-members of the Aviazione Civile association are 99 € for the MXP-MXP roundtrip, or 129 € for the roundtrip plus the positioning flight to and from FCO (so FCO-MXP-MXP-FCO).

The flight will take place only if a significant number of participants is achieved.


Flown on: 319, 320, 321, 340, 727, 737, 747, 757, 767, 777, DC9, D10, M11, M80, 146, EM2, BEH, CRJ, DH8, L4T.
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User currently offlineUM78 From Italy, joined Nov 2011, 42 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 12 months 16 hours ago) and read 8945 times:
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Defenitelly I will be attending.
Thank you for sharing


User currently offlineIDAWA From Italy, joined Aug 2004, 303 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 12 months 3 hours ago) and read 8619 times:

I will as well, this flight is a must!


Flown on: 319, 320, 321, 340, 727, 737, 747, 757, 767, 777, DC9, D10, M11, M80, 146, EM2, BEH, CRJ, DH8, L4T.
User currently offline777 From Italy, joined Sep 2005, 515 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (1 year 12 months 1 hour ago) and read 8476 times:

I will be there as well!

User currently offlineaxelesgg From Sweden, joined Jan 2010, 188 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 8016 times:

Then I won't be able to fly a AZ MD-80  Alitalia MD-80 Destinations? (by axelesgg Aug 30 2012 in Civil Aviation)

User currently onlineAmerican 767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3797 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 7832 times:
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I would do it if I were in Italy, either in Rome or in Milan. But never mind, I flew on those recently with American. Enjoy the party. I remember spotting Alitalia DC-9s and MD-80s in BRU for years.

So SAS will soon be the only major European airline still flying the MD-80, and maybe one of only three major airlines in the world still flying the MD-80 of any variant, the other two being American and Delta.

Ben Soriano



Ben Soriano
User currently offlineIDAWA From Italy, joined Aug 2004, 303 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 7259 times:

Quoting American 767 (Reply 5):
So SAS will soon be the only major European airline still flying the MD-80, and maybe one of only three major airlines in the world still flying the MD-80 of any variant, the other two being American and Delta.

Meridiana, Italy's second-largest airline, is still flying 10 of them.



Flown on: 319, 320, 321, 340, 727, 737, 747, 757, 767, 777, DC9, D10, M11, M80, 146, EM2, BEH, CRJ, DH8, L4T.
User currently offlinena From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10736 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 7156 times:

Wow, they have accelerated the MD-82s retirement. Wasnt it planned that the last ones should stay one more year until recently? So now only SAS remains, and soon the MD-80 is a thing of the past in Europe.

User currently offline777klm From China, joined Apr 2005, 530 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 7028 times:

Quoting American 767 (Reply 5):
So SAS will soon be the only major European airline still flying the MD-80, and maybe one of only three major airlines in the world still flying the MD-80 of any variant, the other two being American and Delta.

Don't forget Allegiant



Next flight: AMS-PEK
User currently offlineIDAWA From Italy, joined Aug 2004, 303 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 6968 times:

Quoting axelesgg (Reply 4):
Then I won't be able to fly a AZ MD-80

Come to MXP on the 13th!



Flown on: 319, 320, 321, 340, 727, 737, 747, 757, 767, 777, DC9, D10, M11, M80, 146, EM2, BEH, CRJ, DH8, L4T.
User currently offlineairblue From San Marino, joined May 2001, 1825 posts, RR: 11
Reply 10, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 6915 times:

Very nice iniziative! Well done!

User currently offlineTrijetsRMissed From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 2353 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 6722 times:

Thanks for sharing, IDAWA. I would attend in a heartbeat if I was in Italy. Classy move on AZ's part to commemorate the end of an era.

Quoting IDAWA (Reply 6):

Meridiana, Italy's second-largest airline, is still flying 10 of them.

Do we know how much longer IG plan to operate them?



There's nothing quite like a tri-jet.
User currently onlinecedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8114 posts, RR: 53
Reply 12, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 6584 times:

Luckily I will be in transit in MXP on that day, along with fellow a.netter TUGMASTER. Have booked and looking forward to saying goodbye to Alitalia's dear old Mad Dogs.

Hope to see a few other a.netters on the day.



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User currently offlineIDAWA From Italy, joined Aug 2004, 303 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 6551 times:

Quoting TrijetsRMissed (Reply 11):
Classy move on AZ's part to commemorate the end of an era.

I think it has been more a move originating from the Aviazione Civile association chartering an Alitalia MD-80, rather than something from Alitalia itself. Possibly Alitalia provided some kind of support to the initiative, but I really don't know the details.



Flown on: 319, 320, 321, 340, 727, 737, 747, 757, 767, 777, DC9, D10, M11, M80, 146, EM2, BEH, CRJ, DH8, L4T.
User currently onlinecedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8114 posts, RR: 53
Reply 14, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 6506 times:

Quoting IDAWA (Reply 13):
Possibly Alitalia provided some kind of support to the initiative, but I really don't know the details.

At €99 for the commemorative flight or a mere €129 for FCO-MXP-MXP-FCO - yes, I think AZ are definitely being very supportive!



fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
User currently offlineIDAWA From Italy, joined Aug 2004, 303 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 6380 times:

Official timetable has been released. The farewell flight has been suitably numbered AZ eighty-00.

AZ8002 13OCT12 13OCT12 .....6. FCO1030 MXP1150 AZ
AZ8000 13OCT12 13OCT12 .....6. MXP1240 MXP1340 AZ
AZ8691 13OCT12 13OCT12 .....6. MXP1430 FCO1545 AZ

All times local

[Edited 2012-10-03 08:00:44]

[Edited 2012-10-03 08:58:18]


Flown on: 319, 320, 321, 340, 727, 737, 747, 757, 767, 777, DC9, D10, M11, M80, 146, EM2, BEH, CRJ, DH8, L4T.
User currently offlineaxelesgg From Sweden, joined Jan 2010, 188 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 5940 times:

One website now reports that AZ will fly the MD-80 til the 27th of October. And standby after that.
(Not quite sure if i'm allowed to link there)


User currently offlineTrijetsRMissed From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 2353 posts, RR: 7
Reply 17, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 5709 times:

Quoting cedarjet (Reply 14):
Quoting IDAWA (Reply 13):
Possibly Alitalia provided some kind of support to the initiative, but I really don't know the details.

At €99 for the commemorative flight or a mere €129 for FCO-MXP-MXP-FCO - yes, I think AZ are definitely being very supportive!

   I couldn't agree more, cedarjet. My point exactly.   



There's nothing quite like a tri-jet.
User currently onlineRayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 8017 posts, RR: 5
Reply 18, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 5563 times:

I'm actually a little surprised that Alitalia has kept their MD-80 series planes up till now, considering the increasingly strict EU noise regulations.

User currently onlinecedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8114 posts, RR: 53
Reply 19, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 5503 times:

Just landed after a fantastic 54 minute flight over Italy. Was cloudy so not much sighseening but we were there for the MD-80 and the extremely sporty takoff and fantastic style of the Italian classic, the AZ Mad Dog.

Crew were extremely kind and the champagne was liberally poured. The organisers had certificates, safety cards and photos of the aircraft for everyone. Pilots pulled off a long float and a perfect touchdown accompanied by applause from the happy punters.

Photos on the ramp (including a group photo of all the passengers and crew) before we reboarded buses back to the terminal and said farewell to a staple of European skies for decades - thank you Alitalia MD-80 for all the memories!



fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
User currently offlineTrijetsRMissed From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 2353 posts, RR: 7
Reply 20, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 5252 times:

Quoting RayChuang (Reply 18):

I'm actually a little surprised that Alitalia has kept their MD-80 series planes up till now, considering the increasingly strict EU noise regulations.

For foreign carriers, no airline, other than perhaps SK, has been more loyal to the MD-80 as AZ.



There's nothing quite like a tri-jet.
User currently offlinealitalia744 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 4750 posts, RR: 44
Reply 21, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 5222 times:

Farewell "Super Ottanta Alitalia!"

Amazing birds and spent quite a few summers hopping around Italy on Alitalia and Ati MD-82s.

Made me fall in love with the mad-dogs....



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User currently offlineUM78 From Italy, joined Nov 2011, 42 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 4757 times:
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Quoting cedarjet (Reply 19):

We are happy that you enjoyed the events.


User currently offlineairblue From San Marino, joined May 2001, 1825 posts, RR: 11
Reply 23, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 4675 times:

I was there and I want say thanks to all the staff of Aviazione Civile and to Alitalia for the special experience they organized. Well done!!!

User currently offline777 From Italy, joined Sep 2005, 515 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 4437 times:

I was there as well and I really enjoyed the flights: FCO-MXP-ALL (Albenga, used as fictive destination in the DCS)-MXP-FCO).

It has been really exciting to take off in FCO with an almost empty aircraft (28 pax + the crew, 45 Ton of TOW and a VR set at only 120KTS) and to get some other 80 people on board at MXP for the commemorative flight.

An unforgettable day with unforgettable friends.

Here below the link to one of the Trip Report publishe on the Aviazione Civile website (the private association that organized the event)

MXP-ALL-MXP" target="_blank">http://www.aviazionecivile.org/vb/showthread.php/126326-TR-MXP-ALL-MXP


25 TrijetsRMissed : Glad to see some of you were able to attend; and thanks for posting on the experience for those of us who were unable to make it. I find it interestin
26 777 : In the meanwhile, other two aircraft types are leaving the AZ fleet (the 767s and the CRJ900s) so at the beginning of 2013 AZ is likely to have one of
27 Fraport : Which aircraft (registration) operated this last flight?
28 777 : I-DATI: if you click on the link I have posted above, there are a lot of pictures of the event
29 Post contains images TrijetsRMissed : Great observation. Forgive me, I do not follow AZ closely; are the sub-fleet's of these types owned by AZ or leased? If owned, what ratio are paid-of
30 alitalia610 : Actually the real last scheduled AZ Md-80's flight will be CTA-FCO the 27th October(this saturday evening). I'm already booked on that flight...
31 alitalia610 : Yesterday evening flight AZ1740 CTA-FCO was the last ever scheduled flight for Alitalia's Md80s...and as i said i was on that flight. To be precise it
32 TrijetsRMissed : Is the water cannon salute more of an American tradition? Is this not a given in Europe or Italy with retirement flights? Seems incredibly remiss...
33 YYCspotter : Does the AirTran (STB Southwest) fleet of 717s count?
34 American 767 : No. AirTran isn't a major airline. Neither is Allegiant. Neither is Meridiana. And those 717s are going to Delta. I believe that Southwest is going t
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