The MD-80 series, especially the MD-88 is a very fine
airplane. As I have responded to other questions
through the forum, I feel the MD-80 /MD-88 is the most
aerodynamic airplane out there, it is a true flying
machine. When you watch it float into the sky, it
really seems breathtaking.
By the way, in response to the first reply, The MD-88
was completly designed by Delta AirLines, they were
the ones who went to McDonnal Dougas and requested the aircraft, the plane was made for Delta, with specific
design requests, from the engines, glass cockpit
(hi-tech stuff) to the cabin interior & the seating layout, overhead compartments, the 4 luggage bins
(2 forward, 1 with that special machine that extends
luggage room towards the nose, and 2 bins aft.
So the MD-88 was Delta's creation, other airlines were
more than welcome to purchase the model, not sure if
many did, mostly Delta did. And the airplane has served
Delta well in the short to medium range market for over
12 years. And I doubt seriously that Delta is going to
replace the MD-88 with the 737-800, rather the plane
will replace the 727...MD-88's are too new, heck Dc-9s
came out 30 years ago and are still going strong, the 88 have a good 12- 15 years of life ahead of them.