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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Wed Sep 04, 2019 6:16 pm

Don’t know how to post pics directly from my phone but I’ll post video footage once I get it uploaded to YouTube.
There were gate celebrations at both DFW and ORD. Doug Parker was shaking everybody’s hand in DFW as they proceeded down the jetway. Also there were goodie bags that included hats at every seat.
Many people were writing on the walls and overhead bins with permanent marker toward the end of the flight.
My only disappointment was that there was no water cannon salute at either end.
 
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Wed Sep 04, 2019 6:27 pm

There were a lot more MD80’s @ AA at their peak than 757’s or 767’s, and a whole factor more flights, total, as well. The (greater DC-9) type was much more significant to Douglas/AA than the 767/757 or perhaps even the 747 in mainline US service.

The nostalgia is just that, not a surprise event but a reminiscence of a tool/product/partner that served it’s users/customers very well for many decades. When the 737 finally leaves domestic service with the US4 expect a similar reaction.
 
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Wed Sep 04, 2019 6:30 pm

Thanks and salute to the Super 80.

Sadly, since I moved out of Texas I haven't have a chance to ride on one for awhile. For one of my internship I was literally on a Super 80 all the time (Every other week or so) flying between SAT and DFW. Got to fly on the Super 80 many times on those IAH-DFW hops also.

Sigh...I won't be in DFW until next week, so I definitely missed the chance to spot the AA Super 80 one last time. At least I can still spot the DL Mad Dogs quite often in IND, though :).
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Wed Sep 04, 2019 6:57 pm

To me this is more significant than the 747 being retired a few years ago by Delta and United. I’m hopeful Delta gives the MD-88 a proper send off next year.
 
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Wed Sep 04, 2019 7:04 pm

Was there this much fanfare when Delta retired the DC-9-50?
 
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Wed Sep 04, 2019 7:04 pm

I have been on FlightRadar24 for the past hour or so tracking the arrivals for the Super 80. Another guy that is posting on the AA Fleet Thread has been tracking them as well. At this moment. N9681B (AAL9626) is landing at ROW as we speak, with N968TW behind from STL.
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Wed Sep 04, 2019 7:10 pm

Took a last minute spin up to Wichita and back last night and this morning. Was on the last AA MD-80 arrival into Wichita, and on the last flight for N965TW that was the 5 am dep back to DFW. ICT had two MD80s RON. Announcements were made at the beginning and the end of the flight up to Wichita, but no other fanfare. Pushback team at DFW were taking selfies after they had finished loading the bags.

For N965TW's last flight, an announcement was made after we had landed that this was the aircraft's last revenue flight, but nothing else. Some of the non av fan nearby pax said they were glad they told them that after they landed, rather than before takeoff. When we got off the jet bridge, it was just any other flight. Hung around C2 for a little bit, but had to go to work, so left at 7am before a lot of the fun started. A little disappointed in my experience, but it probably would have been different if I was on the last flight out of Wichita this morning--DFW was just waking up when we arrived and we got in 15 minutes early. Given that it was dark out for both flights, didn't really get that many pics, but I did get to see a gorgeous sunrise today at DFW while walking through the bridge connecting C and A.
 
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Wed Sep 04, 2019 7:18 pm

With the retirement today are all mainline AA planes in the new livery?
 
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Wed Sep 04, 2019 7:19 pm

Jake1993P wrote:
With the retirement today are all mainline AA planes in the new livery?


One 738 has been kept in the old AA livery. There are about 20 or so E140s still in the old AE livery. IIRC those will be retired within the next year or so.
 
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Wed Sep 04, 2019 7:21 pm

So far no videos of the final flight have been uploaded. I would have thought they would be up by now.
 
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Wed Sep 04, 2019 7:23 pm

Which DFW-ROW flight is carrying employees on the ceremony flight?
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Wed Sep 04, 2019 8:01 pm

I remember my first S80 flight from ORD-DEN. I was a teenager and had not factored in the time zone difference from LHR, and it was approaching midnight in Denver. I woke up, slipped and hit my mouth on the armrest. My mouth filled with blood as I dashed to the toilet while the plane was descending.

My last flight was SAT-DFW a couple of years ago. I just remember how incredibly comfortable the seats were in coach.

Most memorable flight was from DCA-MIA (and all East Coast flights) where they served Tarts or fresh cookies in First. Always nice.
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Wed Sep 04, 2019 8:08 pm

TTailedTiger wrote:
So far no videos of the final flight have been uploaded. I would have thought they would be up by now.


AAStews account on Instagram did a fun job live-streaming some of the flight.
 
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Wed Sep 04, 2019 8:13 pm

MKE got an MD-80 on the penultimate day yesterday and now I'm kind of regretting that I didn't get up there to grab a pic. Can someone explain to me why AA's MD-80s sound much quieter than DL's during landing? Is it because the engines are newer or the pilots simply dont apply reverse thrust as much?
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Wed Sep 04, 2019 8:24 pm

So,how are the crews getting back to DFW? Is there space available on the Eagle flights ?
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Wed Sep 04, 2019 8:40 pm

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So,how are the crews getting back to DFW? Is there space available on the Eagle flights ?

I believe they're running extra E175 segments to ferry everyone back.
 
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Wed Sep 04, 2019 8:55 pm

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Took a last minute spin up to Wichita and back last night and this morning. Was on the last AA MD-80 arrival into Wichita, and on the last flight for N965TW that was the 5 am dep back to DFW. ICT had two MD80s RON. Announcements were made at the beginning and the end of the flight up to Wichita, but no other fanfare. Pushback team at DFW were taking selfies after they had finished loading the bags.

For N965TW's last flight, an announcement was made after we had landed that this was the aircraft's last revenue flight, but nothing else. Some of the non av fan nearby pax said they were glad they told them that after they landed, rather than before takeoff. When we got off the jet bridge, it was just any other flight. Hung around C2 for a little bit, but had to go to work, so left at 7am before a lot of the fun started. A little disappointed in my experience, but it probably would have been different if I was on the last flight out of Wichita this morning--DFW was just waking up when we arrived and we got in 15 minutes early. Given that it was dark out for both flights, didn't really get that many pics, but I did get to see a gorgeous sunrise today at DFW while walking through the bridge connecting C and A.



If you were on AA178, I too rode along with you. Today is rather painful as an airplane I grew up with and cherished even through the snide and cheeky comments lays to rest. Today marks an end of an era and the last remnants of both TWA and Legacy AA is now officially closed. Here's to the next era. What a ride.

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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Wed Sep 04, 2019 9:15 pm

Why did the fire department at ORD refuse to give a water cannon salute to the old workhorse?
 
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Wed Sep 04, 2019 9:37 pm

Today's retirement at 36 yrs with AA is equivalent to them retiring their DC-6s when they rolled out the first of the MD-80s in 1983.

The 737 will be a durable conduit to the first gen of jet aviation for some time to come. But it got that much closer to being the sole conduit today.
 
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Wed Sep 04, 2019 10:03 pm

What aircraft flew the last flight ?
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Wed Sep 04, 2019 10:15 pm

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What aircraft flew the last flight ?


N984TW, an ex-TWA MD-83. It was the last MD-80 built back in 1999.
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Wed Sep 04, 2019 10:31 pm

There is some updated video now posted at aa.com on the DFW send-off. Down under video. It looks like they will be uploading more video from ROW at some point later.
http://news.aa.com/s80/?utm_source=aaco ... m_tracking

There are now some videos on YouTube of AA80 takeoff and landing. (Not mine)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZw86ZOG5Es
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKu6RtNw2Xk

There are other postings, pictures, and will likely be some good trip reports coming out on some of the other sites too.
 
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Wed Sep 04, 2019 10:39 pm

And with the last arrival in ROW, TWA is officially dead.
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Wed Sep 04, 2019 11:04 pm

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And with the last arrival in ROW, TWA is officially dead.

There's still a couple of 757's with Delta...and I'm sure some of their 717's are with DL too.
 
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Wed Sep 04, 2019 11:05 pm

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airtran737 wrote:
And with the last arrival in ROW, TWA is officially dead.

There's still a couple of 757's with Delta...and I'm sure some of their 717's are with DL too.


TWA at AA is dead. Should have been clear.
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Wed Sep 04, 2019 11:05 pm

airtran737 wrote:
And with the last arrival in ROW, TWA is officially dead.


Former TWA 717s, 757s, and 767s are still in service. Most of them with Delta.

They may be gone by now, but there were also lease return MD-83s that flew with TWA then AA that went to foreign carriers.
 
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Wed Sep 04, 2019 11:06 pm

blacksoviet wrote:
Why did the fire department at ORD refuse to give a water cannon salute to the old workhorse?


They did - not upon arrival of flight 80, but on its departure to ROW.
 
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Wed Sep 04, 2019 11:16 pm

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us330 wrote:
Took a last minute spin up to Wichita and back last night and this morning. Was on the last AA MD-80 arrival into Wichita, and on the last flight for N965TW that was the 5 am dep back to DFW. ICT had two MD80s RON. Announcements were made at the beginning and the end of the flight up to Wichita, but no other fanfare. Pushback team at DFW were taking selfies after they had finished loading the bags.

For N965TW's last flight, an announcement was made after we had landed that this was the aircraft's last revenue flight, but nothing else. Some of the non av fan nearby pax said they were glad they told them that after they landed, rather than before takeoff. When we got off the jet bridge, it was just any other flight. Hung around C2 for a little bit, but had to go to work, so left at 7am before a lot of the fun started. A little disappointed in my experience, but it probably would have been different if I was on the last flight out of Wichita this morning--DFW was just waking up when we arrived and we got in 15 minutes early. Given that it was dark out for both flights, didn't really get that many pics, but I did get to see a gorgeous sunrise today at DFW while walking through the bridge connecting C and A.



If you were on AA178, I too rode along with you. Today is rather painful as an airplane I grew up with and cherished even through the snide and cheeky comments lays to rest. Today marks an end of an era and the last remnants of both TWA and Legacy AA is now officially closed. Here's to the next era. What a ride.

US787


Nope. I was on AA2863 to Wichita and AA 2454 to DFW. I would have liked to have been on AA 178 but needed to get back to Dallas by 9 am today.
 
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Thu Sep 05, 2019 12:18 am

How was AA able to park ~12 planes on the same day with no impact on their network?
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Thu Sep 05, 2019 12:36 am

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How was AA able to park ~12 planes on the same day with no impact on their network?


I believe there's a minor route/aircraft shuffle today. A few flight numbers have changed.
 
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Thu Sep 05, 2019 12:38 am

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How was AA able to park ~12 planes on the same day with no impact on their network?


It's the week after Labor Day. Air travel demand drops sharply this month and stays down until the run-up to Thanksgiving.
 
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Thu Sep 05, 2019 12:43 am

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So what ended up being the final flight for N501AA?


N501AA flew from LBB as AA2232... it's actually sitting in TUL now and not ROW... along with N9621A.... not sure why those went to TUL and not ROW, they might be getting them prepared for something special. Maybe someone here knows why...
 
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Thu Sep 05, 2019 12:51 am

DeltaRules wrote:
How was AA able to park ~12 planes on the same day with no impact on their network?


After Labor Day there is a massive schedule down at every US airline. Same reason why Untied is sending planes to the paint shop starting this week.
 
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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Thu Sep 05, 2019 12:52 am

I hope AA makes the last S80 flight to ROW bookable. Does the MD-82 consume less fuel than the MD-83?
 
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Thu Sep 05, 2019 1:08 am

Buried in one of the press releases or fact sheets in the news section on AA.com it says that they intend to keep a few MD-80 frames for donations, perseveration, and training and that details would be announced at a later time.

One may be able to speculate that those that didn’t fly to ROW today may be those candidates, including N501AA.
I think there are 3 that didn’t go to ROW today but I don’t know for sure.
 
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Thu Sep 05, 2019 1:48 am

PSU.DTW.SCE wrote:
Buried in one of the press releases or fact sheets in the news section on AA.com it says that they intend to keep a few MD-80 frames for donations, perseveration, and training and that details would be announced at a later time.

One may be able to speculate that those that didn’t fly to ROW today may be those candidates, including N501AA.
I think there are 3 that didn’t go to ROW today but I don’t know for sure.

Training? Didn't AA keep a F100 for fire training?
 
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Thu Sep 05, 2019 2:10 am

Not only will I miss seeing the AAL Maddogs in STL, I'll also miss the old AAL livery they carried such an iconic livery.
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Thu Sep 05, 2019 2:23 am

I know the TWA MD-81s were in the fleet up until 2011, but did this include the ones upgraded to -82 status? Also, were all of the -81s converted?
 
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Thu Sep 05, 2019 2:31 am

One of the points guy bloggers (Yes, I know) had some great pics of this from the STL side of things. And yes, there WAS a water cannon

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Thu Sep 05, 2019 2:53 am

So not trying to start anything, but did anyone else find it funny that AAs video cited PTV as a reason people love flying the newer planes?

https://www.facebook.com/AmericanAirlin ... ?sfns=xmwa

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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Thu Sep 05, 2019 3:55 am

Let's just say there were some spirited departures, today!

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Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Thu Sep 05, 2019 4:43 am

So... why is nothing going on to the most important md80, N984TW? No museum, preservation?
 
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Thu Sep 05, 2019 4:45 am

airtran737 wrote:
AWACSooner wrote:
airtran737 wrote:
And with the last arrival in ROW, TWA is officially dead.

There's still a couple of 757's with Delta...and I'm sure some of their 717's are with DL too.


TWA at AA is dead. Should have been clear.

I would like to point out that there are still vestiges. Namely, there are a handful of TATL routes from JFK that were inherited from TWA and not flown by AA prior to the merger. They are no longer flown by TWA-legacy aircraft but instead by 777-200s. These are the flights to MAD, BCN, MXP, FCO, and CDG. I'd argue that these five routes are the true remnants of TWA at this point, perhaps moreso than the former TWA MD80s, which had not been based at JFK or STL for many years prior to their retirements.

Edit to add, JFK-LHR is also part of this, I suppose, although AA acquired that route separately as its own transaction, years before the merger.
 
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Thu Sep 05, 2019 1:12 pm

Welp, that's it. That's the end of the line for the Mad Dogs in American. The backbone for nearly 2-3 decades. Never flew one in my life, but boy were they awesome to look at. R.I.P. Super 80. Spotting will never be the same once Delta gets rid of theirs.
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Thu Sep 05, 2019 1:51 pm

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they're all finally gone thank the lord.


And you're a loser....If my post gets deleted, it was well worth it!


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Thu Sep 05, 2019 2:21 pm

Does anybody by any chance have a list of the reg. numbers of all the ships retired yesterday? Would be helpful to me and I'm sure others if somebody has that and would be kind enough to post it.
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Thu Sep 05, 2019 2:27 pm

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Does anybody by any chance have a list of the reg. numbers of all the ships retired yesterday? Would be helpful to me and I'm sure others if somebody has that and would be kind enough to post it.


Should be this:
https://sites.google.com/site/newameric ... glas-md-80
 
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Thu Sep 05, 2019 2:43 pm

Corpsnerd09 wrote:
blacksoviet wrote:
So what ended up being the final flight for N501AA?


N501AA flew from LBB as AA2232... it's actually sitting in TUL now and not ROW... along with N9621A.... not sure why those went to TUL and not ROW, they might be getting them prepared for something special. Maybe someone here knows why...


Employee event at TUL where the two aircraft are on display for tours and pictures.
 
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Thu Sep 05, 2019 2:48 pm

IAmGaroott wrote:
I know the TWA MD-81s were in the fleet up until 2011, but did this include the ones upgraded to -82 status? Also, were all of the -81s converted?


Factory delivered TWA planes were MD-82s and 83s. There were a few used -81s from Swissair added in the late 90s (converted to -82s).

Fun Fact: N203AA (First AA S80) and N901TW (First TW MD80) were built side by side on the production line at Long Beach.

TWA Skyliner newspaper article on first MD-80 (page 4) "It's Just Plane Super"

http://digital.shsmo.org/digital/collection/twa/id/8145/rec/1124
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Thu Sep 05, 2019 3:46 pm

And just like that the Super 80s are gone. Sorry to see them go.

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