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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