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Mon Aug 05, 2019 6:35 pm

TWA772LR wrote:
What other routes are they flown on? My coworker and I want to do an avgeek trip on them before theyre gone!


Looks like IAH is still in the mix through Labor Day weekend.
 
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Mon Aug 05, 2019 7:22 pm

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CMHFlyGuy wrote:
Just caught my last mad dog flight today on the CMH-DFW. It'll be sad to see them go, but it is overdue.


Disagree. The S80 is AA's last remaining mainline jet that's even remotely comfortable (other than the LAA 321s that haven't yet been destroyed, errrrr Oasised). May as well fly NK and save some money.


I have many fond memories flying on DFW-CMH on the S80 however I am happy to see them go overall. They're noisy (unless you're up front) and horrible for the environment in comparison to today's modern jets. While they are nostalgia filled it will be bitter sweet to see them go.
 
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Mon Aug 05, 2019 9:59 pm

Any AA pilots here, how senior is the top AA Super 80 captain and F/O?
 
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Tue Aug 06, 2019 4:28 am

Tucson got an absolute treat today! I was working in the tower at the AFB and on our radar I see the typical AAL flight from DFW coming into the airspace and I did a literal double take when I saw the a/c id register "MD83"!!! Operated AAL1441 and not even 5 minutes later, a second MD83 was inbound operating AAL1097!!! I asked around once they were both down, and apparently both MD83s were parked side by side at the terminal. I'm hoping an avgeek was flying out of TUS today that managed to snap a pick, that's something we'll probably never again see in Tucson.
 
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Tue Aug 06, 2019 5:20 am

When was the last MD-82 flight?
 
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Tue Aug 06, 2019 11:08 am

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When was the last MD-82 flight?


They still have one in the fleet. N501AA.
 
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Tue Aug 06, 2019 1:24 pm

501 is also the only AA delivered (as opposed to TWA delivered) MD80 left in the fleet. I'm guessing that they plan on using it in the retirement ceremonies, otherwise I'm not sure why it soldiers on; it's much older than the others.
 
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Tue Aug 06, 2019 1:27 pm

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501 is also the only AA delivered (as opposed to TWA delivered) MD80 left in the fleet. I'm guessing that they plan on using it in the retirement ceremonies, otherwise I'm not sure why it soldiers on; it's much older than the others.


Wouldn't surprise me if they try and route the aircraft (obviously changes can happen the day of due to mx etc.) so that it is the one that has the honor of conducting the final passenger flight on 4 September.
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Tue Aug 06, 2019 8:06 pm

Does N501AA have the same interior as the TWA MD-83s?
 
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Tue Aug 06, 2019 8:27 pm

"We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
 
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Tue Aug 06, 2019 9:28 pm

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That's actually pretty awesome
 
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Tue Aug 06, 2019 9:29 pm

I'm now wishing I was going to be around on September 4 instead of on vacation. I'd be awesome to drive up to Roswell to watch these few dozen remaining S80s land after their "one final flight into the sunset."
 
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Tue Aug 06, 2019 9:29 pm

BNA was a launch city back in 1983. Nashville gets their last AA 80 Sept 3rd as AA1983 DFW-BNA-DFW. Fitting flight number.
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Tue Aug 06, 2019 9:35 pm

kbmiflyer wrote:
727LOVER wrote:


That's actually pretty awesome


Agreed. AA isn't doing much right these days, but that is an awesome tribute. I'm already feeling nostalgic!
 
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Tue Aug 06, 2019 9:41 pm

Insertnamehere wrote:
9w748capt wrote:
CMHFlyGuy wrote:
Just caught my last mad dog flight today on the CMH-DFW. It'll be sad to see them go, but it is overdue.


Disagree. The S80 is AA's last remaining mainline jet that's even remotely comfortable (other than the LAA 321s that haven't yet been destroyed, errrrr Oasised). May as well fly NK and save some money.


I have many fond memories flying on DFW-CMH on the S80 however I am happy to see them go overall. They're noisy (unless you're up front) and horrible for the environment in comparison to today's modern jets. While they are nostalgia filled it will be bitter sweet to see them go.


I was supposed to fly my final mad dog flight last week on the second leg of SLP-DFW-CMH. After the 30 minute wait for takeoff during DFW evening rush hour, we finally took the runway and began to accelerate, only for the pilot flying to hit the brakes hard and exit the nearest taxiway. My last mad dog trip became my first mad dog rejected takeoff! Turns out the FO’s attitude indicator called it quits mid-takeoff roll. I was rebooked on the next flight, sadly a 738. But, perhaps it’s time to let the old birds rest. They’ve done more than their fair share and their reliability ain’t what it used to be.

Side note: the oasis interiors are as bad as advertised.
 
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Thu Aug 22, 2019 5:32 pm

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MD Douglas MD83 53565 2201 N9618A American Airlines ferried 21aug19 DFW-ROW, for part-out &scrap


N9629H MD83 Flew to ROW today AA# 9652......it is starting.


the show started
 
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Thu Aug 22, 2019 8:28 pm

My daughter and I are up in F on an AA flight from DFW to OKC on 2 Sep
 
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Thu Aug 22, 2019 8:40 pm

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Does N501AA have the same interior as the TWA MD-83s?


Kind of, except the seats have adjustable headrests and the window shades don't have the McDonnell Douglas logo etched on them. Don't know if the galleys are any different.
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Thu Aug 22, 2019 8:50 pm

Just flew on N9629H's 2nd to last revenue flight yesterday, AA1747 DFW-SDF, with the return to DFW being it last revenue flight before ferrying to ROW this morning. Airplane was still in great shape. Glad I got some videos and wish I could've yanked out one of those window shades with the McDonnell Douglas logo.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0u0W9CzKsd4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8rC0HvUSsw
https://flightaware.com/live/flight/N9629H

As a side note, I'll be on AA80 on September 4th in 31F.
 
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Thu Aug 22, 2019 8:57 pm

danipawa wrote:
UpNAWAy wrote:
danipawa wrote:
MD Douglas MD83 53565 2201 N9618A American Airlines ferried 21aug19 DFW-ROW, for part-out &scrap


N9629H MD83 Flew to ROW today AA# 9652......it is starting.


the show started


With 22 final flights the 3rd and 4th can they really send many more to ROW?
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Thu Aug 22, 2019 9:09 pm

malev2012 wrote:
danipawa wrote:
UpNAWAy wrote:

N9629H MD83 Flew to ROW today AA# 9652......it is starting.


the show started


With 22 final flights the 3rd and 4th can they really send many more to ROW?


Yes. Along with some ERJ 190s.
 
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Thu Aug 22, 2019 11:00 pm

Correct me if I'm wrong and if this has already been posted, But when the maddogs go won't there only be the one 738 in crome livery? Looks like a double end of an era.
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Thu Aug 22, 2019 11:14 pm

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Correct me if I'm wrong and if this has already been posted, But when the maddogs go won't there only be the one 738 in crome livery? Looks like a double end of an era.

Why is there still a polished aluminum 738?
 
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Thu Aug 22, 2019 11:16 pm

blacksoviet wrote:
CWL757 wrote:
Correct me if I'm wrong and if this has already been posted, But when the maddogs go won't there only be the one 738 in crome livery? Looks like a double end of an era.

Why is there still a polished aluminum 738?

It's a retrojet I believe.
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Fri Aug 23, 2019 12:04 am

blacksoviet wrote:
CWL757 wrote:
Correct me if I'm wrong and if this has already been posted, But when the maddogs go won't there only be the one 738 in crome livery? Looks like a double end of an era.

Why is there still a polished aluminum 738?

There are actually 2. N905NN is the astrojet retrojet and N921NN is the heritage jet in the previous AA livery.
 
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Fri Aug 23, 2019 1:42 am

They should have left a 757 in the polished aluminum livery.
 
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Fri Aug 23, 2019 2:53 am

The final flight is booked full, with 352 non rev stand bys!
 
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Fri Aug 23, 2019 7:45 am

blacksoviet wrote:
Does N501AA have the same interior as the TWA MD-83s?


Having been on N501AA and N961TW, I can say with certainty that the interiors (mostly just wall patterns, window shadings, mundane things like that) are different.
 
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Fri Aug 23, 2019 9:51 am

I flew DFW-STL last Monday, my last chance to get on one before retirement! After landing the pilot made a special announcement about how the aircraft was being retired in 2 weeks and how many hours/miles/cycles it's flown and how special the plane is etc. I visited the flight deck after and this guy was such a boss! We got chatting and he ended up showing me meme's on his phone about the DC-9 :lol:
 
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Fri Aug 23, 2019 1:28 pm

747fan wrote:
Just flew on N9629H's 2nd to last revenue flight yesterday, AA1747 DFW-SDF, with the return to DFW being it last revenue flight before ferrying to ROW this morning. Airplane was still in great shape. Glad I got some videos and wish I could've yanked out one of those window shades with the McDonnell Douglas logo.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0u0W9CzKsd4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8rC0HvUSsw
https://flightaware.com/live/flight/N9629H

As a side note, I'll be on AA80 on September 4th in 31F.


Great videos! Love the timing of the UPS jet taking off on 17R as you were landing!

I hated that I missed spotting this plane, but with POTUS being in town, I just couldn't justify fighting the traffic.
 
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Fri Aug 23, 2019 2:05 pm

Wow... The AA retirement is within two weeks, so strange to consider it is almost here.

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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Fri Aug 23, 2019 3:56 pm

I flew AA681 (MEM-DFW) on 8/16 on N970TW, then AA2591 (SAT-DFW) on N9616G and AA2497 (DFW-MEM) on N9681B yesterday. And MD-80 is scheduled on DFW-MEM through 9/3.
 
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Fri Aug 23, 2019 4:01 pm

god i can't wait for them to be scrapped
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Fri Aug 23, 2019 4:41 pm

Mysman,
While anyone who flew by the engines shares your opinion. You will find those who only flew the front disagree.

It is time.
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Fri Aug 23, 2019 4:47 pm

Yeah, I'm not going to miss them. That's pretty much all I flew the first 29 years of my life living in STL. First with TWA and then with AA.
 
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Fri Aug 23, 2019 5:33 pm

PhilMcCrackin wrote:
Yeah, I'm not going to miss them. That's pretty much all I flew the first 29 years of my life living in STL. First with TWA and then with AA.

There's always DL for a little bit longer ;)
 
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Fri Aug 23, 2019 7:34 pm

AWACSooner wrote:
PhilMcCrackin wrote:
Yeah, I'm not going to miss them. That's pretty much all I flew the first 29 years of my life living in STL. First with TWA and then with AA.

There's always DL for a little bit longer ;)

Don't hold your breath. DL has 70 MD-80 and 32 MD-90. I am such a geek I keep a spreadsheet on MD-80/90 flying. DL is retiring about 1 Douglas T-tail per week. It will only be a little longer by a few years.

11 days of AA to go?

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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Fri Aug 23, 2019 7:53 pm

Some of my first memories of flying were on AA's super 80's and F100's. We use to fly out of LGA and they were no stranger to LGA. I recall the F100's having a glass cockpit, does anyone know why?
 
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Fri Aug 23, 2019 8:24 pm

jaysan wrote:
Some of my first memories of flying were on AA's super 80's and F100's. We use to fly out of LGA and they were no stranger to LGA. I recall the F100's having a glass cockpit, does anyone know why?


Yes, the Fokker 100 dates from the 80s. Well, yes American only got it in the early 90s, but it was designed by Fokker already in the mid 80s. Glass cockpit is a technology dating from the 80s, all aircraft that were designed in that era, Fokker 100, A320, B747-400...just to name a few...featured glass cockpit technology. Glass cockpit wasn't an option on the Fokker 100, it was an implemented feature.
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Fri Aug 23, 2019 9:05 pm

727LOVER wrote:

Nice! :thumbsup:

Five years ago I travelled from Europe to the United States so I could experience the MD-80 of American Airlines. I am still happy that I could do it. I made two flights with this classic aircraft type. The first one took me from Portland to Dallas in 3 hours and 18 minutes. After a few hours of planespotting at DFW I boarded the second one for a trip to Philadelphia. The flight lasted 2 hours and 32 minutes.

At the moment I am contemplating another journey to the States to fly on the MD-88 of Delta Air Lines. It is the only variant of the MD-80 I haven't boarded so far, after the MD-81, MD-82, MD-83 and MD-87. Fingers crossed this 'project' will succeed.

Time to say goodbye. Long live the MD-80!
 
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Fri Aug 23, 2019 9:34 pm

With the final day starting to creep up on us, what I'm wondering is which frame will have the honor of operating the last revenue flight that morning. Obviously N984TW has a strong case with it being the last MD80 built. But N501AA is the last of the original AA 80's left, the oldest airplane left in the fleet and originally was supposed to retire last year, so I'd say it has a case as well. I'll be very surprised if neither of these frames get used for AA80.
Also, AA held a contest for employees to submit their favorite "Super 80" memories, with the prize being a ride on one of the ferry flights to ROW. So one of those ferries will be a special employee-only flight with the 120 winners, which I think was a great touch.

kwp302 wrote:
Great videos! Love the timing of the UPS jet taking off on 17R as you were landing!

I hated that I missed spotting this plane, but with POTUS being in town, I just couldn't justify fighting the traffic.


Thank you. I'll be getting plenty of footage from the final flight on 9/4 that I'll be sure to share.
And yes, I saw AF1 there which was a nice surprise. Unfortunately it was parked a bit too far from us for it to be worth getting on video.
 
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Fri Aug 23, 2019 11:11 pm

musman9853 wrote:
god i can't wait for them to be scrapped


No, many of them are getting new lifes at south america and Africa.
 
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Fri Aug 23, 2019 11:49 pm

lightsaber wrote:
AWACSooner wrote:
PhilMcCrackin wrote:
Yeah, I'm not going to miss them. That's pretty much all I flew the first 29 years of my life living in STL. First with TWA and then with AA.

There's always DL for a little bit longer ;)

Don't hold your breath. DL has 70 MD-80 and 32 MD-90. I am such a geek I keep a spreadsheet on MD-80/90 flying. DL is retiring about 1 Douglas T-tail per week. It will only be a little longer by a few years.

11 days of AA to go?

Lightsaber


The DL MD-88s are a pretty good approximation of the AA MD-80 and MD-83. They're all supposed to be gone by 12/31/2020. DL MD-90s have a different engine and entirely different sound.
 
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Sat Aug 24, 2019 12:25 am

747fan wrote:
Just flew on N9629H's 2nd to last revenue flight yesterday, AA1747 DFW-SDF, with the return to DFW being it last revenue flight before ferrying to ROW this morning. Airplane was still in great shape. Glad I got some videos and wish I could've yanked out one of those window shades with the McDonnell Douglas logo.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0u0W9CzKsd4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8rC0HvUSsw
https://flightaware.com/live/flight/N9629H

As a side note, I'll be on AA80 on September 4th in 31F.


Wow, most excellent videos!! Thanks for sharing. Sad to say my final MD-80 flight has come and gone, and was a couple years ago since I now reside outside of her territory. Lots of great flights taking me to fun, and sometimes not-so-fun, destinations.

JM
 
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Sat Aug 24, 2019 3:35 am

We keep thinking we've seen the last of her at XNA, but our daily A319s are frequently subbed out for them. Next Saturday's (8/31) flight is quite likely going to be her last visit to our airport, and it's going to be bittersweet spotting her out here for the very last time.
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Sat Aug 24, 2019 1:17 pm

Today Austin is scheduled to receive our last MD-80 on AA. They have been Saturday only since mid July.
 
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Sat Aug 24, 2019 1:33 pm

I really hope N501AA operates AA80. Having been on 501 myself, it had a much classier interior than the other ex TWA frame I flew.. so it would be a proper sendoff.
 
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Sat Aug 24, 2019 2:01 pm

danipawa wrote:
musman9853 wrote:
god i can't wait for them to be scrapped


No, many of them are getting new lifes at south america and Africa.


As long as they're out of AA's fleet, I'm happy.
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Sat Aug 24, 2019 4:44 pm

danipawa wrote:
musman9853 wrote:
god i can't wait for them to be scrapped


No, many of them are getting new lifes at south america and Africa.


The last few MD-80s built 20 years ago yes for sure because they still have some life left, and they have been flying long segments so they still have quite a few cycles to go before retirement. But now the question is: does N501AA, the sole MD-82 left, still have some left after leaving AA? Because N501AA must be now at 23 years old if not older, don't know when N501AA was delivered but I know all 260 nAAtive AA MD-80s were delivered by 1996, and it must have quite a lot of cycles by now.
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Sat Aug 24, 2019 5:02 pm

All but the MD-82 are 1997-2001 builds:
https://www.airfleets.net/flottecie/Ame ... e-md80.htm

As much as I want to see these fly, the used price of A319s is cheap enough that few airlines want a type surviving off parts from scrapped aircraft, excluding wear items still in production: window seals, brakes/pads, and of course parts common to other aircraft.

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