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SAS MD-81 Retirement Schedule  
User currently offlineabrown532 From UK - Northern Ireland, joined Feb 2008, 152 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 4324 times:

I will be flying on one of the last MD-81 flights in October from CPH-MAN. This got me thinking when the last will be retired for good? I have an inkling they will all be gone by the end of October...

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User currently offlineSomeone83 From Norway, joined Sep 2006, 3393 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (12 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 4286 times:

Last scheduled flight is ARN-CPH October 26

And just to be a little picky: they're all MD-82s  


User currently offlineawacsooner From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 1916 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (12 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3896 times:

Quoting Someone83 (Reply 1):
And just to be a little picky: they're all MD-82s

No they're not. I flew CPH-DUS last month and the metal stamp on the inside of the doorway specifically said "DC-9-81."


User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11655 posts, RR: 60
Reply 3, posted (12 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3837 times:

Quoting abrown532 (Thread starter):

I will be flying on one of the last MD-81 flights in October from CPH-MAN.

They only have MD-82s left.

Quoting awacsooner (Reply 2):
No they're not. I flew CPH-DUS last month and the metal stamp on the inside of the doorway specifically said "DC-9-81."

SAS converted most, if not all, of their MD-81s to MD-82s a good while ago and the remainders were retired. So whilst it was built as an MD-81, it will have been re-certified as an MD-82 when you flew it. I had the same experience a few years ago.


Dan  



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User currently offlineabrown532 From UK - Northern Ireland, joined Feb 2008, 152 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3695 times:

Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 3):
SAS converted most, if not all, of their MD-81s to MD-82s a good while ago and the remainders were retired. So whilst it was built as an MD-81, it will have been re-certified as an MD-82 when you flew it. I had the same experience a few years ago.

Good info for people who aren't in the know.


User currently offlinecrownvic From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1916 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (12 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3455 times:

This will truly be a sad event for Douglas fans as this is the final blow for the DC-9 lineage operating for a major carrier in Europe. The encore will be when KLM retires the MD-11. This will close Douglas' very successful run in Europe that dated back to the KLM DC-2 nearly 80 years ago and has included nearly every Douglas type (including the DC-5). Hopefully, there will be some sort of celebration.

User currently offlineAmerican 767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3800 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (12 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3414 times:
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This will really be the end of an era for SAS, a long time operator of the DC-9 / MD-80 Series aircraft. SAS started operations in 1946 with a DC-4, they always flew Douglas planes ever since. It is hard to believe that, in the first time in its whole history, SAS will be "Douglas" free. SAS is the only airline in Europe still flying the MD-80.

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User currently offlineCrimsonNL From Netherlands, joined Dec 2007, 1875 posts, RR: 42
Reply 7, posted (12 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3367 times:
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Does anyone have pictures of the stored SAS M80's in Blytheville, Arkansas? The two -82's I was lucky enough to fly on have been stored there for a few months now and I would be interested to see the line up. I saw one of the last -82's at AMS the other day, and boy will I miss those fantastic aircraft. It hurts to see the daily SAS rush hour at AMS which are now just boring Airbi and Boeing where there used to be 3 -82's lined up next to each other!

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User currently offlineawacsooner From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 1916 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (12 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3260 times:

Quoting American 767 (Reply 6):
SAS is the only airline in Europe still flying the MD-80.

Not accurate...Meridiana still has them.


User currently offlinepetertenthije From Netherlands, joined Jul 2001, 3369 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (12 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3177 times:

Quoting crownvic (Reply 5):
This will close Douglas' very successful run in Europe that dated back to the KLM DC-2 nearly 80 years ago and has included nearly every Douglas type (including the DC-5)

Actually, the DC-5 never went to Europe. They flew for KLM's Dutch East Indies (Indonesia) subsidiary and briefly for KLM's carribean operation (Antilles). According to the Dutch wikipedia entry the planes where not really suitable for carribean operations, so they too went to the East Indies operation. Following the Japanese invasion one was captured by Japan and the other three fled to Australia and were sold to the USAAF.



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User currently offlineaerdingus From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 2838 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (12 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2942 times:

Glad I got my SK fill in January this year, BRU - CPH - DUB. Loved every second of it.

Quoting awacsooner (Reply 8):
Not accurate...Meridiana still has them.

Yep, I often get to see them in AHO or CAG. Nice to see them pottering around.

[Edited 2013-09-27 07:05:51]


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User currently offlineTrijetsRMissed From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 2358 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (12 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2769 times:
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As noted, this is a monumental retirement, given the history between SK and Douglas. I expect SK will honor the MD-80 series and it's service in some way. Just as AZ and JL did the past year, (the latter with the MD-90).

Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 3):
SAS converted most, if not all, of their MD-81s to MD-82s a good while ago and the remainders were retired. So whilst it was built as an MD-81, it will have been re-certified as an MD-82 when you flew it. I had the same experience a few years ago.

Good point. To add, fleet-wide, SK upgraded their MD-80s with EFIS flight-decks and tail-cone mods in the early/mid '90s. An aircraft delivered as a MD-81 originally, is now basically an MD-88 on -217Cs. The engine and the payload are what technically distinguish them as MD-82s.

Quoting crownvic (Reply 5):

This will truly be a sad event for Douglas fans as this is the final blow for the DC-9 lineage operating for a major carrier in Europe. The encore will be when KLM retires the MD-11.

How ironic is it that the MD-11 will outlast the MD-80 with flagship carriers in Europe? In the US, the opposite is true and by 20 years when it's all said and done.

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 7):

Does anyone have pictures of the stored SAS M80's in Blytheville, Arkansas?

No pictures; but they won't last long. The frames are being parted-out for DL. LN-RMT just arrived on Tuesday.



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User currently offlineLN-MOW From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1908 posts, RR: 14
Reply 12, posted (12 months 23 hours ago) and read 2605 times:

Quoting TrijetsRMissed (Reply 11):
SK upgraded their MD-80s with EFIS flight-decks and tail-cone mods in the early/mid '90s. An aircraft delivered as a MD-81 originally, is now basically an MD-88 on -217Cs. The engine and the payload are what technically distinguish them as MD-82s.

To be precise, they are certified as DC-9-82. Only the MD-88 are 'true' MD's.  

Example: OY-KGT - now N485DN

http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinqu...NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=485DN



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User currently offlineTrijetsRMissed From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 2358 posts, RR: 7
Reply 13, posted (11 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2146 times:
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Quoting LN-MOW (Reply 12):
To be precise, they are certified as DC-9-82. Only the MD-88 are 'true' MD's.  

Yeah, sure. Let me tell you, as someone who consulted for MDC for nearly 20 years during it's heyday, you wouldn't find a single sales or marketing material item with "DC-9-82" after 1983. Even in the RFQs, MOUs etc, the certified nomenclature was not more than a footnote at the bottom of the contract... which BTW, did include SK... Why remain DC-9-82s? Re-certifying aircraft is not free; let alone three - MD-81/82/83. (The MD-87 came after this decision).

Of course if we're going to be anal, I should point out the the MD-88 is not alone as a "true MD." MD-90 anyone?  
Quoting LN-MOW (Reply 12):
Example: OY-KGT - now N485DN

Now - yet to be disassembled MD-88 spare-part inventory, more like it.



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User currently offlineeirik From Norway, joined Mar 2005, 134 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (11 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1836 times:

Quoting American 767 (Reply 6):
in the first time in its whole history, SAS will be "Douglas" free.

In a way not: their subsidiary Blue1 will still be flying the MD-95 (B717)  


User currently offlineTrijetsRMissed From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 2358 posts, RR: 7
Reply 15, posted (11 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1562 times:
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Quoting eirik (Reply 14):
Quoting American 767 (Reply 6):
in the first time in its whole history, SAS will be "Douglas" free.

In a way not: their subsidiary Blue1 will still be flying the MD-95 (B717)  

   Very true, eirik.

Furthermore, technically SK still own the 8 MD-90s that are leased to DL through early 2016.



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