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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Wed Aug 28, 2019 8:39 pm

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The CR Smith Museum store has some special AA branded MD80 shirts and hats for those that are interested


Very cool. I also like the S80 flight deck they now have on display in the museum. :)
 
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Wed Aug 28, 2019 8:46 pm

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American retired N9618A on Wednesday and N9629H on Thursday.


Oh geez! I was on N9629H Friday morning August 16 DFW-MSY. Jetway was blocking any possibility of good exterior photo but I have video of takeoff and landing. It was a bit rough on the interior. But will miss their comfortable cabin.
 
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Wed Aug 28, 2019 10:45 pm

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Did they do anything for the Fokker 100 when it retired? Nothing as far as I know, not that I remember.

If anything, it probably would have been a "good riddance" party.
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Wed Aug 28, 2019 11:44 pm

The F-100 and MD-11 had the most unremarkable retirements.
I don't think the DC-10 had a big farwell either and its last flight was a red-eye HNL-DFW flight arriving at 5:30am.

The 727 did have a decent retirement party, but the MD-80 one is looking like a much bigger deal.
 
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Fri Aug 30, 2019 10:57 pm

Interesting that AA booted all the NRSA off AA 80, the list had gotten to over 1,000.
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Fri Aug 30, 2019 11:35 pm

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Interesting that AA booted all the NRSA off AA 80, the list had gotten to over 1,000.


I get it, it’s an aircraft with a long history at AA. Many are now feeling nostalgic, but for the longest many people just bitched about working the plane.

Flew on it many times, good looking plane but time for it to rest.


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Sat Aug 31, 2019 9:11 am

PSU.DTW.SCE wrote:
I don't think the DC-10 had a big farwell either and its last flight was a red-eye HNL-DFW flight arriving at 5:30am.


I woke up super early to meet the DC-10 arrival that day. That was pre-9/11, so I went through security, bought a disposable camera from the Hudson News that was located at the far end of the Terminal A - Terminal C connector, and hot footed it back to the gate it arrived at.
Festivities were limited to a balloon arch in AA colors. As I recall, one short announcement was made.
No fanfare, nothing else.
And the plane just sat there for a couple hours. So I watched the sunrise, took some really horrible disposable camera photos of what should have been perfect lighting, and left for college classes.

Unfortunately, I can't find any of those photos anywhere. I'd dreamed, at the time, of posting them to a.net. But when I got them developed, they were such garbage.. I was furious.

I certainly hope they do something more for the MD-80. In spite of the same individuals in this thread beating the same dead horse every five posts that the planes are horrible aircraft, no one in their right mind would argue that the Super 80 didn't play a tremendous role in making American Airlines what it is. Bob Crandall used that aircraft to reshape the entire US airline industry, whether they wanted to be reshaped or not!
 
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Sat Aug 31, 2019 2:36 pm

What are the last MD80 flights on Sept 4th. I see ABQ,SAT, to DFW. Also the last flight to ORD.
 
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Sat Aug 31, 2019 5:13 pm

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What are the last MD80 flights on Sept 4th. I see ABQ,SAT, to DFW. Also the last flight to ORD.


STL to DFW also. STL, I'm not surprised, because it was always an MD-80 base for crews and it was for a long time MD-80 heaven. I knew DFW and STL would see the MD-80 till the last day.
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Sat Aug 31, 2019 6:42 pm

IDK the first time I flew a Max I thought this is just like being on an MD80 except less legroom, less seat padding and no 2x3 seating. Seemed like the Max was a downgrade to the MD80 both in Y and F.
 
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Sun Sep 01, 2019 12:09 pm

Would anyone in the know be able to tell us which gate the last flight will arrive at ORD?

Hard to believe the end of this era. I can remember all the M80's at ORD. I recall an overview picture, taken of Concourses H&K, from the old control tower, showing most all gates with an MD-80 on it, and one 767. Many years ago, it was almost a little treat to fly something besides the MD-80.
 
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Sun Sep 01, 2019 3:28 pm

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Sun Sep 01, 2019 3:33 pm

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What was the first American MD-83 route?


ORD-west coast if I’m not mistaken. Supplementing DC10s and replacing 727s. I don’t know the exact route, but former routes such as ORD-ONT did not exist before the MD83, if I’m not mistaken. Keep in mind AA only converted 20 MD82 options into MD83. The rest came from TW.

Did they ever operate the MD-83 out of SNA?


Yes, both AA and TW.
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Sun Sep 01, 2019 3:59 pm

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Would anyone in the know be able to tell us which gate the last flight will arrive at ORD?

Hard to believe the end of this era. I can remember all the M80's at ORD. I recall an overview picture, taken of Concourses H&K, from the old control tower, showing most all gates with an MD-80 on it, and one 767. Many years ago, it was almost a little treat to fly something besides the MD-80.


I sure remember those days, 90s and 2000s. ORD-DFW and ORD-LGA hourly flights were mostly, if not all, MD-80s. Once in a while you would see one 757 a day to LGA, and one MD-11 or 777 to DFW, but other than those, all of these flights were MD-80s. And add to that, the numerous other markets served with MD-80 equipment from ORD: STL, MSP, DEN, ABQ, PHX, West Coast markets....that was well over 50 MD-80 departures a day.
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Sun Sep 01, 2019 7:07 pm

PSU.DTW.SCE wrote:
The F-100 and MD-11 had the most unremarkable retirements.
I don't think the DC-10 had a big farwell either and its last flight was a red-eye HNL-DFW flight arriving at 5:30am.

The 727 did have a decent retirement party, but the MD-80 one is looking like a much bigger deal.

The 727 was in the fleet for 39 years. I think that is a little bit longer than the MD-80, maybe a record.

What did they do for the MD-11 retirement? What gate did the last MD-11 flight use?
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Sun Sep 01, 2019 7:11 pm

American 767 wrote:
midway7 wrote:
Would anyone in the know be able to tell us which gate the last flight will arrive at ORD?

Hard to believe the end of this era. I can remember all the M80's at ORD. I recall an overview picture, taken of Concourses H&K, from the old control tower, showing most all gates with an MD-80 on it, and one 767. Many years ago, it was almost a little treat to fly something besides the MD-80.


I sure remember those days, 90s and 2000s. ORD-DFW and ORD-LGA hourly flights were mostly, if not all, MD-80s. Once in a while you would see one 757 a day to LGA, and one MD-11 or 777 to DFW, but other than those, all of these flights were MD-80s. And add to that, the numerous other markets served with MD-80 equipment from ORD: STL, MSP, DEN, ABQ, PHX, West Coast markets....that was well over 50 MD-80 departures a day.

Did the MD-82 have enough range to fly ORD-SAN or was this route always operated by an MD-83?
 
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Sun Sep 01, 2019 8:51 pm

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I took this photo at DFW earlier this month. I’m truly going to miss this plane. It was the plane I flew on most as a child and I credit it, in part, for kicking off my love of aviation.


Damn! That looks like a painting! It's AWESOME!
 
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Sun Sep 01, 2019 10:14 pm

so all 26 going to fly ROW on sept 3 ?
 
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Sun Sep 01, 2019 10:42 pm

danipawa wrote:
so all 26 going to fly ROW on sept 3 ?


Most, if not all, will be retiring to Roswell on Wednesday the 4th.
 
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Mon Sep 02, 2019 12:46 am

danipawa wrote:
so all 26 going to fly ROW on sept 3 ?


The plan is to have all of them landed in Roswell with the last one landing the afternoon of the 4th. Though only a rumor, I heard one may not be going there, but again, that was just a rumor.
 
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Mon Sep 02, 2019 1:20 am

I follow airfleets, which has a time lag. There wasn't any end of August rush to retire as far as I can tell.

So waiting on 9/4.

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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Mon Sep 02, 2019 2:02 am

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Would anyone in the know be able to tell us which gate the last flight will arrive at ORD?


Not sure about the arrival, but I recall MD80's often using the low K gates when I've flown on them out of there in the past.
I will be surprised if AA80 doesn't depart out of C2 at DFW. That's usually the gate reserved for "special" flights (other examples being military honor flights, Snowball Express charters during Christmas, etc).
 
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Mon Sep 02, 2019 4:14 am

blacksoviet wrote:
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midway7 wrote:
Would anyone in the know be able to tell us which gate the last flight will arrive at ORD?

Hard to believe the end of this era. I can remember all the M80's at ORD. I recall an overview picture, taken of Concourses H&K, from the old control tower, showing most all gates with an MD-80 on it, and one 767. Many years ago, it was almost a little treat to fly something besides the MD-80.


I sure remember those days, 90s and 2000s. ORD-DFW and ORD-LGA hourly flights were mostly, if not all, MD-80s. Once in a while you would see one 757 a day to LGA, and one MD-11 or 777 to DFW, but other than those, all of these flights were MD-80s. And add to that, the numerous other markets served with MD-80 equipment from ORD: STL, MSP, DEN, ABQ, PHX, West Coast markets....that was well over 50 MD-80 departures a day.

Did the MD-82 have enough range to fly ORD-SAN or was this route always operated by an MD-83?


I'm pretty sure it did. The MD-82 had a range of 2000NM with 155 pax. I don't know when the first -83 arrived at American, the first -82 arrived in 1983 or so, but by the late 80s they (American) were already flying the Super 80 from ORD to West Coast markets. The MD-83 had a range of 2500NM with 155 pax, that one had enough range to fly ORD - West Coast markets nonstop for sure, even if headwinds were strong.
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Mon Sep 02, 2019 4:15 am

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Interesting that AA booted all the NRSA off AA 80, the list had gotten to over 1,000.


I saw that too, over 1,200 NRSA's listed and the next day I went on it went back to 0, lol.
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Mon Sep 02, 2019 4:39 am

I just booked my hotel for Tuesday night near DFW. There were several hotels near the airport that I saw with a coupon code "Farewell", I wonder if this has to do with the final flight Wednesday morning.
 
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Mon Sep 02, 2019 6:10 am

Aircraft Routings for Wednesday have been loaded and it appears AA80 will be operated by N984TW fin: 4YU. This is subject to change, of course but makes sense...
 
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Mon Sep 02, 2019 2:21 pm

This AA press release lists all the final revenue flights on Sept 3 and 4:

http://news.aa.com/news/news-details/20 ... fault.aspx

A good number of Super 80 stories here:

http://news.aa.com/american-stories/default.aspx

This #Super80Sendoff banner was seen near gate C2 on Saturday. The cashier at the DFW Employee Store (also next to C2) said that flight AA 80 will fly out of C2 on Wednesday and they will be opening early.

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Mon Sep 02, 2019 3:36 pm

Looks like 4xL will fly the last flight DFW-ORD flight, but that may change. #501 the only LAA remaining, will fly DSM-DFW on 9/3, then ferry to TUL, pick up guests, then to ROW for company function.
 
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Mon Sep 02, 2019 3:36 pm

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I took this photo at DFW earlier this month. I’m truly going to miss this plane. It was the plane I flew on most as a child and I credit it, in part, for kicking off my love of aviation.


That is a nice photo! The plane looks so clean.
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Mon Sep 02, 2019 3:57 pm

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Looks like 4xL will fly the last flight DFW-ORD flight, but that may change. #501 the only LAA remaining, will fly DSM-DFW on 9/3, then ferry to TUL, pick up guests, then to ROW for company function.


4XL is in ROW. Assigned aircraft still shows 4YU, the last MD80 ever made.
 
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Mon Sep 02, 2019 5:21 pm

I think one should go on display at the CR Smith museum kind of like what Delta has done with the 757, 747 and DC-9 at the museum in ATL.
 
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Mon Sep 02, 2019 5:31 pm

The intended ferry schedule on Sept 4, 2019.

FLT ORD ROW
9605 1330 1530

FLT DFW ROW
9615 0715 0745
9628 0720 0750
9466 0730 0800
9607 0800 0830
9642 0855 0930
9636 0900 0940
9651 0905 0945
9625 0910 0950
9656 0915 0955
9629 0925 1005
9612 0930 1010
9644 1035 1105
9608 1040 1110
9667 1045 1125
9458 1050 1130
9454 1200 1230
9635 1205 1235
9677 1210 1240
9626 1230 1300
9660 1415 1445
 
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Mon Sep 02, 2019 5:32 pm

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I think one should go on display at the CR Smith museum kind of like what Delta has done with the 757, 747 and DC-9 at the museum in ATL.


Yes I agree. And I believe that KLM also has done that with one of their DC-9s or Fokkers in AMS.
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Mon Sep 02, 2019 6:01 pm

I flew my last one today. SAT-DFW. Passengers were asking the captain for autographs afterwards.
 
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Mon Sep 02, 2019 6:15 pm

I am going to miss this aircraft! I had a lot of trips growing up with this aircraft.
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Mon Sep 02, 2019 6:51 pm

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The intended ferry schedule on Sept 4, 2019.

FLT ORD ROW
9605 1330 1530

FLT DFW ROW
9615 0715 0745
9628 0720 0750
9466 0730 0800
9607 0800 0830
9642 0855 0930
9636 0900 0940
9651 0905 0945
9625 0910 0950
9656 0915 0955
9629 0925 1005
9612 0930 1010
9644 1035 1105
9608 1040 1110
9667 1045 1125
9458 1050 1130
9454 1200 1230
9635 1205 1235
9677 1210 1240
9626 1230 1300
9660 1415 1445

How is N9620D getting to ROW? Its last revenue flight ends in TUL.
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Mon Sep 02, 2019 6:52 pm

Why does AA call it the Super 80? They didn't call the MD-90 the "Super 90".
 
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Mon Sep 02, 2019 6:57 pm

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Why does AA call it the Super 80? They didn't call the MD-90 the "Super 90".


Because it was originally the McDonnell-Douglas DC-9 Super 80 during its design and development.
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Mon Sep 02, 2019 7:11 pm

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Why does AA call it the Super 80? They didn't call the MD-90 the "Super 90".

Not to be pedantic but AA did in fact call the MD90 the Super 90. If you look up pictures of it the Super 90 emblem is clearly in place below the cockpit on the former Reno Air birds
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Mon Sep 02, 2019 7:18 pm

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Looks like 4xL will fly the last flight DFW-ORD flight, but that may change. #501 the only LAA remaining, will fly DSM-DFW on 9/3, then ferry to TUL, pick up guests, then to ROW for company function.

It may temporarily show as being operated by different tail #'s leading up to that morning due to it needing to be swapped with different aircraft on flights today and tomorrow, but N984TW will be operating the final flight.
 
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Mon Sep 02, 2019 7:21 pm

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Mon Sep 02, 2019 7:35 pm

According to the Flight Radar page, the final departure from SAT tomorrow is:

2185 N961TW Sept. 4 SAT 7:00 DFW 8:14

Anybody in the area going to try and catch it? If I'm free I may try to get glimpse and a picture or two. Just moved here in June, and departures generally route over my condo about five miles SSE of the airport. Going to miss the distinct sound of a bird I never truly appreciated until the 727 was retired. Farewell, old friend. You've carried me many miles safely and comfortably.
 
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Mon Sep 02, 2019 8:30 pm

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I think one should go on display at the CR Smith museum kind of like what Delta has done with the 757, 747 and DC-9 at the museum in ATL.


Where would they put it? I’m not sure there is space, unless they take over space currently occupied by the training center/training pool.


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Mon Sep 02, 2019 11:27 pm

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I certainly hope they do something more for the MD-80. In spite of the same individuals in this thread beating the same dead horse every five posts that the planes are horrible aircraft, no one in their right mind would argue that the Super 80 didn't play a tremendous role in making American Airlines what it is. Bob Crandall used that aircraft to reshape the entire US airline industry, whether they wanted to be reshaped or not!


Thank you for your contribution to the thread. It is undeniable how the MD80 in AA’s colors pioneered domestic operations in the US. A model that is now the standard.
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Tue Sep 03, 2019 12:41 am

Flew N982TW from DFW to OKC in F this morning...took lots of pictures...
 
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Tue Sep 03, 2019 2:20 am

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I took this photo at DFW earlier this month. I’m truly going to miss this plane. It was the plane I flew on most as a child and I credit it, in part, for kicking off my love of aviation.


Nice work, bro. That is a very impressive photo.
 
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Tue Sep 03, 2019 3:03 am

Man, hard to believe this is the end of an era.

The AA MD-80 is a legend in the commercial aviation history in the United States.
Like others have said the fact of how AA used it to build the hub-and-spoke model, it was the visible face of AA's domestic network for 3 decades.
AA built DFW and ORD around the MD-80.

I always viewed the AA MD-80 as my dad's airplane. He flew a lot for work in the 80's and 90's and it was almost always on AA. I have many memories of vacations and trips that always involved AA MD-80s. So many MD-80s I got bored of them and was excited to get something else like a 757 or eventually the 738 when those were brand new.
Tons of flights on DTW-ORD, DTW-DFW, ORD-DEN, ORD-SAN, ORD-SFO, DFW-DEN.
Looking back through my flight lists, I even see a red-eye SFO-ORD flight.

Since I started traveling for work and being in DTW, I haven't flown AA as much over the past 15 years. I still would on occasion and would get an MD-80 flight about once a year. I've been flying DL MD-88s a ton this year, but its not the same as the classic AA MD-80 in my world.

I flew my last AA MD-80 flight a few months ago DFW-ICT and was lucky enough to get N501AA. I saw what was my final MD-80 in DTW last week taxing and taking off for DFW.

The AA MD-80 has had an impressive run. They will be missed and its the end of an era tomorrow for AA when the last ones depart for the final time.
 
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Tue Sep 03, 2019 3:21 am

PSU.DTW.SCE wrote:
Man, hard to believe this is the end of an era.

The AA MD-80 is a legend in the commercial aviation history in the United States.
Like others have said the fact of how AA used it to build the hub-and-spoke model, it was the visible face of AA's domestic network for 3 decades.
AA built DFW and ORD around the MD-80.

I always viewed the AA MD-80 as my dad's airplane. He flew a lot for work in the 80's and 90's and it was almost always on AA. I have many memories of vacations and trips that always involved AA MD-80s. So many MD-80s I got bored of them and was excited to get something else like a 757 or eventually the 738 when those were brand new.
Tons of flights on DTW-ORD, DTW-DFW, ORD-DEN, ORD-SAN, ORD-SFO, DFW-DEN.
Looking back through my flight lists, I even see a red-eye SFO-ORD flight.

Since I started traveling for work and being in DTW, I haven't flown AA as much over the past 15 years. I still would on occasion and would get an MD-80 flight about once a year. I've been flying DL MD-88s a ton this year, but its not the same as the classic AA MD-80 in my world.

I flew my last AA MD-80 flight a few months ago DFW-ICT and was lucky enough to get N501AA. I saw what was my final MD-80 in DTW last week taxing and taking off for DFW.

The AA MD-80 has had an impressive run. They will be missed and its the end of an era tomorrow for AA when the last ones depart for the final time.


Isn’t day after tomorrow the last day?
 
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Tue Sep 03, 2019 4:06 am

dc10co wrote:
blacksoviet wrote:
Why does AA call it the Super 80? They didn't call the MD-90 the "Super 90".

Not to be pedantic but AA did in fact call the MD90 the Super 90. If you look up pictures of it the Super 90 emblem is clearly in place below the cockpit on the former Reno Air birds

Was there a water cannon for the final Super 90 flight? Which tail number operated that flight?
 
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Tue Sep 03, 2019 4:50 am

BoeingGuy wrote:
PSU.DTW.SCE wrote:
Man, hard to believe this is the end of an era.

The AA MD-80 is a legend in the commercial aviation history in the United States.
Like others have said the fact of how AA used it to build the hub-and-spoke model, it was the visible face of AA's domestic network for 3 decades.
AA built DFW and ORD around the MD-80.

I always viewed the AA MD-80 as my dad's airplane. He flew a lot for work in the 80's and 90's and it was almost always on AA. I have many memories of vacations and trips that always involved AA MD-80s. So many MD-80s I got bored of them and was excited to get something else like a 757 or eventually the 738 when those were brand new.
Tons of flights on DTW-ORD, DTW-DFW, ORD-DEN, ORD-SAN, ORD-SFO, DFW-DEN.
Looking back through my flight lists, I even see a red-eye SFO-ORD flight.

Since I started traveling for work and being in DTW, I haven't flown AA as much over the past 15 years. I still would on occasion and would get an MD-80 flight about once a year. I've been flying DL MD-88s a ton this year, but its not the same as the classic AA MD-80 in my world.

I flew my last AA MD-80 flight a few months ago DFW-ICT and was lucky enough to get N501AA. I saw what was my final MD-80 in DTW last week taxing and taking off for DFW.

The AA MD-80 has had an impressive run. They will be missed and its the end of an era tomorrow for AA when the last ones depart for the final time.


Isn’t day after tomorrow the last day?


Yes, on 9/4/2019.

As a kid I always wanted to fly on an MD-80, they seemed so foreign, lol. I grew up flying AA out of SJU, flying the DC-10, A300, 757 and 727 but we did not get the S80. I would catch a glimpse of it when we would fly into MCO and there would always be a S80. Surprisingly, flew my first AA Super 80 in 2010 between ORD and MCI.




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