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N626AA
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Re: AA's oldest S-80s retired today

Wed Aug 22, 2018 1:19 am

What a legacy! Logged 59 AA S80 frames between 2002 and just 2 days ago when I got on 2 DFW-MSY-DFW. Both ex-TWA rigs, N982TW and N9681B. I hated the final countdowns in '02 and '03 when 727s left mainline service by the hundreds in the US and I sure hate to see the MD-80s go too.
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Re: AA's oldest S-80s retired today

Wed Aug 22, 2018 1:21 am

I had done many ORD-TUS/PHX between 2006-2016. Always would aim for 14A. Enjoyed every single flight.
Did you know that a Boeing 717-200 is really a McDonnell Douglas MD95-30? ;-)
 
N626AA
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Re: AA's oldest S-80s retired today

Wed Aug 22, 2018 1:30 am

Anyone have any info on what could/will be AA's last MD-80 revenue flight?
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Re: AA's oldest S-80s retired today

Wed Aug 22, 2018 1:30 am

The skies are getting duller
 
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Re: AA's oldest S-80s retired today

Wed Aug 22, 2018 1:50 am

farewell madogs we will miss you
 
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Re: AA's oldest S-80s retired today

Wed Aug 22, 2018 2:58 am

DeltaMD95 wrote:
...And to think after 32+ years they’re not even halfway to their 110k flight cycle limit. Amazing. Those historically longer S80 routings are evident here in the totals.


32+ years is mostly accurate. The first batch were delivered in May 1983 so it's actually been over 35 years. Just sayin'...
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DeltaMD95
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Re: AA's oldest S-80s retired today

Wed Aug 22, 2018 3:09 am

aeromoe wrote:
DeltaMD95 wrote:
...And to think after 32+ years they’re not even halfway to their 110k flight cycle limit. Amazing. Those historically longer S80 routings are evident here in the totals.


32+ years is mostly accurate. The first batch were delivered in May 1983 so it's actually been over 35 years. Just sayin'...


Thanks. I’m well aware of the AA MD80 order history, EIS, etc.

My comments are in response to the YOM 1986 frames that are newly retired, per an earlier post from another member. Those ‘83 frames never reached 32 years of continuous active service like this last batch from ‘86...
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Re: AA's oldest S-80s retired today

Wed Aug 22, 2018 2:15 pm

kraz911 wrote:
Hello all,
Call me silly or old fashioned, but when I worked for AA years ago and got to fly on the S80s, when the plane was full it flew great in weather. The age of rigid wing tank like constructed aircraft is quickly coming to an end. I’ll be sad when the last AA S80 leaves ORD never to return...

Yes, that is one thing about the plane I will definitely miss....her performance in turbulence. I never experienced severe and only a few times moderate. I also never had a bad landing. On the 737 you just brace yourself right before touchdown!
 
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MalcolmInTheMoM
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Re: AA's oldest S-80s retired today

Wed Aug 22, 2018 4:00 pm

I flew on plenty of MD-80s/Super 80s out of LAX and SNA growing up. The MD-80 is one of my all-time favorites (last few rows were always a treat). While this is sad to hear, it was bound to happen. We should be celebrating the fact that these planes lasted as long as they did. It's a testament to the plane's design.
 
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Re: AA's oldest S-80s retired today

Wed Aug 22, 2018 6:20 pm

UA444 wrote:
seabosdca wrote:
Don't miss the days when the -83s were routinely used on ORD midcons and somehow I always ended up next to the engine on ORD-SEA. Any seat in a 737 or 32S is preferable.

I wish I had gotten to do a mid con MD flight.


It's true that seats in the back of MDs weren't great, but when seated near or forward of the wings, the flights were awesome. AA DFW/ORD-SEA & AUS-SEA, as well as TW STL-SEA are a few examples of MD mid-cons I've done and those memories are good ones.

MalcolmInTheMoM wrote:
I flew on plenty of MD-80s/Super 80s out of LAX and SNA growing up. The MD-80 is one of my all-time favorites (last few rows were always a treat). While this is sad to hear, it was bound to happen. We should be celebrating the fact that these planes lasted as long as they did. It's a testament to the plane's design.


MDs out of SNA were the best. I loooooooved the powerbacks. I recall doing a NW (former RC) MD SNA-SEA in 1990 as well as an AA MD to AUS about 10 years ago.
Jack @ AUS
 
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Re: AA's oldest S-80s retired today

Wed Aug 22, 2018 6:23 pm

IWMBH wrote:
kraz911 wrote:
Hello all,

The irony is that the crews will return on an RJ, yes a T-tail but much smaller...


Does AA operates RJ's?


No. The crews will be returning to DFW via deadhead on an Envoy Embraer 145.
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United_fan
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Re: AA's oldest S-80s retired today

Wed Aug 22, 2018 6:25 pm

How do all the flight crews get back to DFW ? Is there that much space available on the normal Eagle flights ?
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MDGLongBeach
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Re: AA's oldest S-80s retired today

Wed Aug 22, 2018 8:36 pm

So what’s the deal with N984TW, the last md80 built, “the spirit of Long Beach”, will that be retired last and be given a ceremony and possibly a home in a museum for its significance.. the plane isn’t even 20 years old yet!
 
QXfactor
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Re: AA's oldest S-80s retired today

Wed Aug 22, 2018 8:59 pm

After the retirement today, AA has:

7 Super 80s (MD82s delivered 1986-1991)

8 MD-83Gs (MD83s delivered to AA 1987-1993)

33 MD-83Ns (MD83s delivered to TWA 1997-1999)

Incidentally ship 541 went into maintenance last night - no idea why - so she's not flying around today.
 
TWA1985
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Re: AA's oldest S-80s retired today

Wed Aug 22, 2018 10:59 pm

QXfactor wrote:
After the retirement today, AA has:

7 Super 80s (MD82s delivered 1986-1991)

8 MD-83Gs (MD83s delivered to AA 1987-1993)

33 MD-83Ns (MD83s delivered to TWA 1997-1999)

Incidentally ship 541 went into maintenance last night - no idea why - so she's not flying around today.


I’m confused. By your count, 49 MD-80’s remains in service, but another poster said only 33 remain, and AirFleets says 42. Who’s right?!

Also, when are the next planes expected to be retired? And how many?
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seabosdca
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Re: AA's oldest S-80s retired today

Wed Aug 22, 2018 11:40 pm

Yes, this is confusing. Planespotters, which has been updated to reflect today's retirements, is showing just 2 MD-82s, 32 ex-TW MD-83s, and no original AA MD-83s.
 
Boof02671
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Re: AA's oldest S-80s retired today

Wed Aug 22, 2018 11:53 pm

AA stated 34. I looked at airfleets earlier. I don’t think it was updated yet.
 
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fsx98
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Re: AA's oldest S-80s retired today

Thu Aug 23, 2018 12:29 am

What sad news to hear! I have just recently flown on an AA MD-82, N426AA (now retired at ROW as of 8/21), as flight AA2273 to ABQ from DFW on 8/9 this year, and it was my first MD-80 flight of all flights taken on any airline! I pretty much liked the sounds of the JT8D engines starting up and spooling up for takeoff, as well as how nostalgic the S80 cabin looked like; one weird thing about this flight is that a deadheading copilot was my seat mate, and I have paid extra for a window seat on 15A (as there are no free window seats left at the time of booking) and the only free seats left are the dreaded middle seats (which I managed to avoid); other than that as well as the nice views of the Texas countryside and the New Mexico desert, the flight was uneventful until I got a good view of ABQ while landing; upon arrival at ABQ, I even asked the cockpit crew permission before entering the flight deck, so that I could take pics of the cockpit (as the MD-80 flight deck is soon to be part of aviation history) before the fleet would eventually be retired, as I may not be flying on an MD-80 ever again (as majority of my flights would be on RJs, 737s, or A320 family fleets). Overall, it was a great and nostalgic experience in flying the MD-80 on AA before its complete retirement in 2019!

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