DC9Fixer
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Airtran's Last Dc-9 Flight

Mon Jan 05, 2004 10:25 pm

Hello,
According to Yahoo Airtrans last dc-9 flight will be today!!
Flight 744 from Mco to Atl.
sad to see the old girls go  Crying
 
gr8slvrflt
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RE: Airtran's Last Dc-9 Flight

Mon Jan 05, 2004 10:36 pm

Here's the official press release:

BW5117 JAN 05,2004 2:01 PACIFIC 05:01 EASTERN

( BW)(FL-AIRTRAN-AIRWAYS)(AAI) AirTran Airways Marks Final Flight of DC-9; Airline Now Has One of the Youngest All-Boeing Fleets in the World

ORLANDO, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 5, 2004--AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:AAI), today announced the final flight of the airline's last DC-9 aircraft. Ship number 949 will make her final descent today, January 5, 2004, at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport at 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time leaving AirTran Airways with one of the youngest all-Boeing fleets worldwide.



The aircraft will operate the following schedule today:

Flight Origin Departs Destination Arrives
735 Atlanta 11:25 a.m. Orlando 12:50 p.m.
744 Orlando 1:30 p.m. Atlanta 3:00 p.m.


The 32-year old DC-9, registration number N849AT, rolled off the Douglas assembly line in Long Beach, Calif., on December 1, 1971, and AirTran Airways acquired the aircraft on October 30, 1996. The aircraft will have logged 69,788 flights and 77,900 flight hours total upon retirement.
The crew on the flights will be Captain Michael D. "Mad Dog" Watson, Captain Rich Umbel, Lead Flight Attendant Lisa Misconis, and Flight Attendants Karen Gold and Ludmila Dahknovskaia.
AirTran Airways has operated DC-9 aircraft since the airline's first day of service, October 26, 1993, and, at one point, the airline had more than 50 DC-9s in its fleet. The airline has donated three DC-9's - two to technical training colleges in both Kansas City, Mo., and in Eastman, Ga., for use in training future airline mechanics, and one DC-9 is on display at the Virginia Air and Space Center in Hampton, Va., where it is the centerpiece of an interactive exhibit in the Aviation Exhibit Hall.
With today's retirement of the last DC-9, AirTran Airways will operate a fleet of 73 new Boeing 717s, making the airline the largest operator of the Boeing 717 aircraft in the world. In addition, the airline's July 1, 2003, announcement of an order for 100 Boeing 737s and 10 additional Boeing 717s, further solidifies its fleet modernization plan. The first Boeing 737 will be delivered in June 2004.
"The DC-9 remains a reliable aircraft, and its last flight with AirTran Airways marks the end of an era," stated Joe Leonard, AirTran Airways' chairman and chief executive officer. "We look forward to the future as we continue to offer our customers outstanding air travel options on a newer and younger state-of-the-art Boeing fleet."

I work for Southwest, but the views expressed are my own and do not necessarily represent those of Southwest.
 
727LOVER
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RE: Airtran's Last Dc-9 Flight

Mon Jan 05, 2004 10:53 pm

Why did they get this aircraft in 10/96, when they had a bunch sitting around after the crash/shutdown?  Confused
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wilcharl
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RE: Airtran's Last Dc-9 Flight

Tue Jan 06, 2004 1:42 am

i think its wonderful that mad dawg got to fly the last flight.. For those who don't know who he is he was one of FLs most famous captains, getting articles in the news about his annoucments, his harmonica and his wonderful customer service.
 
Dasheighty
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RE: Airtran's Last Dc-9 Flight

Tue Jan 06, 2004 1:44 am

Any major carriers still using the DC-9?
 
goboeing
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RE: Airtran's Last Dc-9 Flight

Tue Jan 06, 2004 1:48 am

It's sad to see another airline retire another type. But, I'm looking forward to seeing those 737s!

Wilcharl,
Can you tell more about the captain? Sounds interesting.

Nick

 
PSU.DTW.SCE
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RE: Airtran's Last Dc-9 Flight

Tue Jan 06, 2004 1:48 am

Oh, NW still only has about 170 or so DC-9's out and about in the skies.....and they are still as reliable as they day they rolled off the line in Long Beach.
 
KALB
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RE: Airtran's Last Dc-9 Flight

Tue Jan 06, 2004 1:50 am

"Any major carriers still using the DC-9?"

Gee, let's see now? It seems there is a weekly post on this site about NW's DC-9 fleet.

I think Northwest is pretty major.

 
goboeing
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RE: Airtran's Last Dc-9 Flight

Tue Jan 06, 2004 1:52 am

They still have that many (170)? Wow, that's a lot of old planes! I like seeing thick smoke trails behind really loud engines though. Keep 'em flying Northwest!

Nick
 
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RE: Airtran's Last Dc-9 Flight

Tue Jan 06, 2004 2:13 am

166 to be exact....I rounded......
 
Dasheighty
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RE: Airtran's Last Dc-9 Flight

Tue Jan 06, 2004 2:19 am

Ok it was just a question

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C17Glbm
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RE: Airtran's Last Dc-9 Flight

Tue Jan 06, 2004 2:26 am

Any idea how long NW is planning on maintaining DC-9 service. I know we (USAF) just about retired all of ours this year. Only have a very few left for med evac missions and VIP service.
 
wilcharl
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RE: Airtran's Last Dc-9 Flight

Tue Jan 06, 2004 5:19 am

my memories of captain "mad dawg":


He would play "bad to the bone" on his harmonica .. apparently a carry over from his days at eastern. I talked to former Eastern F/As and they even have fond memories of him.

The other thing i remember was him telling the passengers if the line was not moving "poke the person in front of you" if there is no one in front of you to poke.... you were holding up the other passengers and needed to get seated....

 
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RE: Airtran's Last Dc-9 Flight

Tue Jan 06, 2004 7:31 am

Citrus 744 touched down on ATL's 27L at 1536 Local this afternoon. Upon turning off on the high speed the tower controller said, "Another beautiful landing Mad Dog, we're sorry to see 'em go." Old ship 949 entered Ramp 3 to a water cannon salute and blocked in to C20 at 1540. She is currently scheduled to ferry back to MCO for good as flight 8949 at 1700 this evening. Adios DC9!

JP

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