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Delta MD-88s as of Summer 2019

Wed Jun 05, 2019 2:24 am

Hello all,
So the MD-88s supposedly have until sometime next year until retirement. They have been steadily parked over the last year and I’m curious of a few things...

1. What are the longest remaining routes the MD-88 currently flies for DL?

2. How many should be left in the fleet by the end of this year?

3. What cities currently see the MD-88 as the only aircraft type operated by DL to a specific airport?

4. Are any of them finding new homes after retirement from DL?

Thanks!
 
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Re: Delta MD-88s as of Summer 2019

Wed Jun 05, 2019 3:08 am

I can quickly answer #4. No. They are all getting old and parts are already sparse as it is.
 
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Re: Delta MD-88s as of Summer 2019

Wed Jun 05, 2019 3:28 am

There are multiple frequencies on MD-88s from Atlanta to Savannah (my local airport) and back on a daily basis. 737-700s (and occasionally -800s) as well as A319s/A320s complement the MDs during busier travel seasons. Currently, there are only MD-88s scheduled by DL out of Savannah, though there probably will be other aircraft types throughout the summer and fall.
 
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Re: Delta MD-88s as of Summer 2019

Wed Jun 05, 2019 3:36 am

They still fly ATL-OMA. Maybe that is the longest route.
 
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Re: Delta MD-88s as of Summer 2019

Wed Jun 05, 2019 3:56 am

OMA/MKE-ATL are right up there in longest routings. IIRC, they send MD-88s on ATL-PWM, too. That could be up there too. I believe there will be around ~45 MD-88s remaining by the end of 2019 with the rest retiring in 2020. There maybe a few cities in the midwest that are all MD-88 (DAY, CLE, CMH, MKE) all come to mind, plus maybe a few Florida cities (DAB, ECP) possibly. I think IAD-ATL is all MD-88, or at the very least all MD. I doubt any remaining DL MD-88s will find homes after this. Many of them are more than 30 years old and have probably run a lot of cycles. I know a few ex-AA MD-80s found homes in Europe and a few other places, but most of those were likely old TWA builds that were built in the mid-late 1990s and are well under 30 years old.

It is also (sadly) becoming that time when I begin to wonder what the last DL MD-88 routing will be. I know the DC-9-50s went DTW-MSP-ATL. If I had to take a guess, I'd say that the last routing (should be) something like either FLL, RSW, TPA, or MCO-CVG-ATL. DL MD-88s have always been big in FL, so it seems logical that they get a piece of the final routing. CVG was a huge DL hub in the MD-88s heyday, and there was no scarcity of MD-88 flights out of CVG. And ATL is obvious. No explanation needed there.
 
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Re: Delta MD-88s as of Summer 2019

Wed Jun 05, 2019 3:59 am

Seven flights a day Toronto-Atlanta should take the cake for distance. FYI, I'm looking at September 17.
I had no idea Delta was still sending MD-88s on routes of that length, at all!
I may try to snag one.... Just gotta work it in to an itinerary that shouldn't involve EITHER of those cities, somehow!
 
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Re: Delta MD-88s as of Summer 2019

Wed Jun 05, 2019 4:24 am

AA737-823 wrote:
Seven flights a day Toronto-Atlanta should take the cake for distance.


Actually, ATL-PWM is longer. 1100 miles vs 740, about 1/2 hour more in the air.

In fact, OMA is further than Toronto. I think the reason is that Toronto is kinda due North from ATL, and is actually further South than much of Michigan, Vermont, New York State, and almost all of Maine. One thinks "Canada" and one can visualize places that are Very Far Away (and Very Far North), but Toronto isn't even as far North as Syracuse.
 
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Re: Delta MD-88s as of Summer 2019

Wed Jun 05, 2019 4:38 am

Because of the MD consolidation in ATL, some stations really haven't felt any impact yet. DAY, for example, has been all -88 since DL started trying to simplify the number of fleets that visit particular stations, and has not seen any reduction in -88 flying even as the fleet has declined from 116 to 70-some birds. The huge difference is in Minneapolis. There are some months that used to see 6xM90 as the only service on MSP-SFO, for example, and large amounts of -88 and -90 service to BOS, LGA, DCA, and other busy east coast markets. Right now the only t-tails at MSP are 717s.
 
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Re: Delta MD-88s as of Summer 2019

Wed Jun 05, 2019 4:44 am

ATL saw a pretty significant increase in MD-88 flying in 2018 when they consolidated the fleet down to ATL - and pulled them from DTW, MSP, LGA.
As of this month, the MD-90 will also consolidate down to ATL only.
 
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Re: Delta MD-88s as of Summer 2019

Wed Jun 05, 2019 6:54 am

I hope DL operates the M88 on ATL-TVC before the type is retired!

DL still flies the M88 into ORD at least twice daily. The other flights are typically operated by 717 and MD-90. Given that CHI is a hub for AA, UA and WN, I expect that ORD will be among the first routes to see the A220-300.
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Re: Delta MD-88s as of Summer 2019

Wed Jun 05, 2019 6:57 am

I wonder what the longest historical DL MD-88 flight was?
 
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Re: Delta MD-88s as of Summer 2019

Wed Jun 05, 2019 10:36 am

IIRC, there was some Delta Caribbean/Central America flying that pushed ~1,500sm. I was on an AA STL-YVR at 1,770sm but don't remember if that was an 80/82 or 83.

PWM has seen some scheduled MD-90s as well as the -88s.

With more than 70 in the active fleet at Delta MD-88 flights certainly aren't rare.
 
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Re: Delta MD-88s as of Summer 2019

Wed Jun 05, 2019 11:00 am

All of the mainline flights at BHM (BHM-ATL) are currently on MD-88s.
 
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Re: Delta MD-88s as of Summer 2019

Wed Jun 05, 2019 11:35 am

All LIT-ATL flights look to be on MD88s today and tomorrow. They seem to fluctuate every few months, with 717s and 738s getting thrown into the mix to cover some of the flights.
To be fair, LIT-DTW still exists, albeit on a once-daily CR9.
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Re: Delta MD-88s as of Summer 2019

Wed Jun 05, 2019 11:58 am

MEM-ATL is also mostly MD's (6X MD-88, 4X MD-90 and 1X A320).
 
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Re: Delta MD-88s as of Summer 2019

Wed Jun 05, 2019 11:59 am

Ionosphere wrote:
I wonder what the longest historical DL MD-88 flight was?


A few years ago they were flying the MKE/PIT-CUN. That’s a long way! LGA-RSW is another one. While I don’t think it was ever regularly scheduled, I remember a few times they were substituted on the ATL- ELP/ABQ routes. Those are normally MD-90 or 737!

I remember 25 years ago when I lived in Shreveport there were at least a dozen MD-88 flights a day from SHV to DFW and ATL. The good old days!
 
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Re: Delta MD-88s as of Summer 2019

Wed Jun 05, 2019 12:35 pm

Ionosphere wrote:
I wonder what the longest historical DL MD-88 flight was?


I remember when they flew them as far west as PHX, but can't remember if it was from ATL or CVG. That was probably one of the longest?

As somebody mentioned, they've come back on ATL-PWM after it had been -90s for over a year. I thought all flight were limited to two hours from ATL, but PWM is a big further. Nice to see them back here, though. I thought they were finally gone when the MD-90s started coming.
 
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Re: Delta MD-88s as of Summer 2019

Wed Jun 05, 2019 1:05 pm

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There maybe a few cities in the midwest that are all MD-88 (DAY, CLE, CMH, MKE) all come to mind, plus maybe a few Florida cities (DAB, ECP) possibly.


I'm going CMH-ATL-DAB and back later this month. CMH-ATL and DAB-ATL are both MD-88s. Can't speak for the other airports, but CMH-ATL is a M88/738/739 mix, DAY-ATL is either all-M88 or M88/717, and DAB-ATL is 739/M88.
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Re: Delta MD-88s as of Summer 2019

Wed Jun 05, 2019 1:28 pm

Gonna miss the Mad Dogs.
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Re: Delta MD-88s as of Summer 2019

Wed Jun 05, 2019 1:32 pm

Can't be replaced by 712s, but they're close enough, I guess.
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Re: Delta MD-88s as of Summer 2019

Wed Jun 05, 2019 1:36 pm

Someone please remind me: a key reason MD-8Xs are becoming obsolete quickly is because of P&W shying away from JT8D support, yes?
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Re: Delta MD-88s as of Summer 2019

Wed Jun 05, 2019 1:38 pm

pwm2txlhopper wrote:
Ionosphere wrote:
I wonder what the longest historical DL MD-88 flight was?


I remember when they flew them as far west as PHX, but can't remember if it was from ATL or CVG. That was probably one of the longest?

As somebody mentioned, they've come back on ATL-PWM after it had been -90s for over a year. I thought all flight were limited to two hours from ATL, but PWM is a big further. Nice to see them back here, though. I thought they were finally gone when the MD-90s started coming.


In 1997 they were flying PHX-CVG 3x with M88, and I cannot find anything longer no... but DFW-BOS is very close (6nm less) and that shows 3x M88 as well.

Same timetable has some western M88 interesting routes like ABQ-COS-CVG, TUS-ELP-DFW... but scheduling must of had a hard stop for anything west of AZ, NM, CO... everything west of those is M90 or other types (including a couple annoying flights that do M88 east of DFW, M90 west on the same number... gah!)
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Re: Delta MD-88s as of Summer 2019

Wed Jun 05, 2019 1:39 pm

Western727 wrote:
Someone please remind me: a key reason MD-8Xs are becoming obsolete quickly is because of P&W shying away from JT8D support, yes?

They are becoming obsolete quickly because the plane is now 2 generations old with the youngest aircraft over 20 years old and the bulk of the worldwide frames around 30ish. It’s the same reason you don’t see many of its direct competitor (the 737-300/400/500) around all that much either.
 
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Re: Delta MD-88s as of Summer 2019

Wed Jun 05, 2019 1:42 pm

Some Upstate NY airports still get the MD88 (BUF, ROC, ALB). SYR has been MD90 for a while.
 
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Re: Delta MD-88s as of Summer 2019

Wed Jun 05, 2019 1:42 pm

northstardc4m wrote:
pwm2txlhopper wrote:
Ionosphere wrote:
I wonder what the longest historical DL MD-88 flight was?


I remember when they flew them as far west as PHX, but can't remember if it was from ATL or CVG. That was probably one of the longest?

As somebody mentioned, they've come back on ATL-PWM after it had been -90s for over a year. I thought all flight were limited to two hours from ATL, but PWM is a big further. Nice to see them back here, though. I thought they were finally gone when the MD-90s started coming.


In 1997 they were flying PHX-CVG 3x with M88, and I cannot find anything longer no... but DFW-BOS is very close (6nm less) and that shows 3x M88 as well.

Same timetable has some western M88 interesting routes like ABQ-COS-CVG, TUS-ELP-DFW... but scheduling must of had a hard stop for anything west of AZ, NM, CO... everything west of those is M90 or other types (including a couple annoying flights that do M88 east of DFW, M90 west on the same number... gah!)


I think DL may have flown the M88 from ATL-STX. Call me crazy, but I think they used that bird on Saturdays about 10 years ago or so.
 
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Re: Delta MD-88s as of Summer 2019

Wed Jun 05, 2019 1:42 pm

I'm pretty sure they still serve Albany, NY (ALB). Certainly have seen them fly by my house, recently, landing on RWY 28.
 
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Re: Delta MD-88s as of Summer 2019

Wed Jun 05, 2019 1:56 pm

Polot wrote:
Western727 wrote:
Someone please remind me: a key reason MD-8Xs are becoming obsolete quickly is because of P&W shying away from JT8D support, yes?

They are becoming obsolete quickly because the plane is now 2 generations old with the youngest aircraft over 20 years old and the bulk of the worldwide frames around 30ish. It’s the same reason you don’t see many of its direct competitor (the 737-300/400/500) around all that much either.


And that's the primary answer, along with limited avionics for precision nav routings that Delta couched as bringing quieter aircraft to NYC. https://news.delta.com/delta-fly-newer- ... ia-airport
 
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Wed Jun 05, 2019 2:21 pm

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Gonna miss the Mad Dogs.

Not me. I've been seated next to the engines. I hate not being able to relax on a flight. I avoid booking them due to the risk of only having those seats available.

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Re: Delta MD-88s as of Summer 2019

Wed Jun 05, 2019 2:33 pm

Shields wrote:

I think DL may have flown the M88 from ATL-STX. Call me crazy, but I think they used that bird on Saturdays about 10 years ago or so.


I remember seeing this flight.

In 1999, when Delta had a more robust bank in the 11 pm hour in Atlanta, I was waiting on the last flight to LAS. The flight in the gate adjacent to mine was an M88 doing an extra section to LAX. I did a double-take when I saw the combination of destination and aircraft. I asked at the gate if they were making a fuel stop and the agent said none was planned. I still wonder if that flight made a fuel stop.

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Re: Delta MD-88s as of Summer 2019

Wed Jun 05, 2019 2:37 pm

The M88s still fly to BWI, along with 738/739s, M90s, and 712s.
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Re: Delta MD-88s as of Summer 2019

Wed Jun 05, 2019 2:45 pm

I can definitely confirm that MD-88s and 90s are saturated on the ATL-CLE route as some sort of Cleveland joke. I'm bringing some earplugs with me tomorrow. As I said on another thread, I love-love Delta but their MD-88s are long in the tooth and as loud as an open cockpit Stearman.
 
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Re: Delta MD-88s as of Summer 2019

Wed Jun 05, 2019 3:10 pm

According to this old thread, there were some one-off LAX-ATL flights with the MD88s back in the 90s.

viewtopic.php?t=582705
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Wed Jun 05, 2019 3:41 pm

wjcandee wrote:
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Seven flights a day Toronto-Atlanta should take the cake for distance.


Actually, ATL-PWM is longer. 1100 miles vs 740, about 1/2 hour more in the air.

In fact, OMA is further than Toronto. I think the reason is that Toronto is kinda due North from ATL, and is actually further South than much of Michigan, Vermont, New York State, and almost all of Maine. One thinks "Canada" and one can visualize places that are Very Far Away (and Very Far North), but Toronto isn't even as far North as Syracuse.


And to drive from Detroit to Windsor, Ontario you drive south.
 
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Wed Jun 05, 2019 4:00 pm

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DALMD80 wrote:
Gonna miss the Mad Dogs.

Not me. I've been seated next to the engines. I hate not being able to relax on a flight. I avoid booking them due to the risk of only having those seats available.

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Wed Jun 05, 2019 4:19 pm

dcajet wrote:
According to this old thread, there were some one-off LAX-ATL flights with the MD88s back in the 90s.

https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=582705


There were a few ATL-LAX MD88 flights about a decade ago. Didn't last too long, I can't remember if was just equipment availability related.
 
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Wed Jun 05, 2019 6:22 pm

According to Planespotters the average age of Delta's MD-88's are 28.5 years. I don't follow DL too closely to I'm pretty surprised to hear that a major airline still flies aircraft over 30 years old! And yes I realize that they are likely maintained very well, but it's still mutton dressed as lamb.
 
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Re: Delta MD-88s as of Summer 2019

Wed Jun 05, 2019 6:37 pm

Ionosphere wrote:
I wonder what the longest historical DL MD-88 flight was?


I recall about 10 years ago that an MD-88 did ATL-LAX when another plane went in for MX. I don't believe it was scheduled.

Also, IIRC the MD-88 flew ATL-TUS at one point.
 
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Wed Jun 05, 2019 6:54 pm

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OMA/MKE-ATL are right up there in longest routings. IIRC, they send MD-88s on ATL-PWM, too. That could be up there too. I believe there will be around ~45 MD-88s remaining by the end of 2019 with the rest retiring in 2020. There maybe a few cities in the midwest that are all MD-88 (DAY, CLE, CMH, MKE) all come to mind, plus maybe a few Florida cities (DAB, ECP) possibly. I think IAD-ATL is all MD-88, or at the very least all MD. I doubt any remaining DL MD-88s will find homes after this. Many of them are more than 30 years old and have probably run a lot of cycles. I know a few ex-AA MD-80s found homes in Europe and a few other places, but most of those were likely old TWA builds that were built in the mid-late 1990s and are well under 30 years old.

It is also (sadly) becoming that time when I begin to wonder what the last DL MD-88 routing will be. I know the DC-9-50s went DTW-MSP-ATL. If I had to take a guess, I'd say that the last routing (should be) something like either FLL, RSW, TPA, or MCO-CVG-ATL. DL MD-88s have always been big in FL, so it seems logical that they get a piece of the final routing. CVG was a huge DL hub in the MD-88s heyday, and there was no scarcity of MD-88 flights out of CVG. And ATL is obvious. No explanation needed there.


Agreed that CVG and ATL should be the final flight. Maybe DFW-CVG-ATL since the MD-88 also spent a lot of time at DFW during the hub days.
 
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Wed Jun 05, 2019 6:55 pm

WesternDC6B wrote:
lightsaber wrote:
DALMD80 wrote:
Gonna miss the Mad Dogs.

Not me. I've been seated next to the engines. I hate not being able to relax on a flight. I avoid booking them due to the risk of only having those seats available.

Lightsaber


You and me, both! I may be wrong about the DC/MD models I'm complaining about, but, that constant, high-pitched howl from somewhere below-deck made every flight feel like a dentist appointment. And, after decades of time, they still can't make the PA system work without a 400cps buzz accompanying every announcement? :old:

Douglas built some amazing aircraft in their time, and, yes, the DC9 and its descendants are tough as nails. But, comfortable? No.

Comfy? No. Beautiful and great for airlines? HECK YEAH!
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Wed Jun 05, 2019 6:57 pm

Ionosphere wrote:
I wonder what the longest historical DL MD-88 flight was?


It once operated LAX-ATL around ten years ago.
 
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Wed Jun 05, 2019 7:07 pm

TTailedTiger wrote:
Ionosphere wrote:
I wonder what the longest historical DL MD-88 flight was?


It once operated LAX-ATL around ten years ago.


I remember when LAX-ATL was all widebodies, sans a 757 here and there. Imagine taking a L1011, 767 and M11 for years to LAX... then one day winding up on an MD88. It's like showing up to your prom in a pickup.
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Wed Jun 05, 2019 7:13 pm

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Some Upstate NY airports still get the MD88 (BUF, ROC, ALB). SYR has been MD90 for a while.


ALB has been seeing the MD-88 already since the early 90s when the airplane was new, that I remember very well. And I believe SYR also has been seeing it since then.
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Re: Delta MD-88s as of Summer 2019

Wed Jun 05, 2019 7:17 pm

DL use to fly MD-88 from ATL-TOL.

Are there any other domestic stations that saw regular MD88 service, but no longer receive ANY service from DL (DL branded regional or mainline) today?
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Re: Delta MD-88s as of Summer 2019

Wed Jun 05, 2019 7:17 pm

pwm2txlhopper wrote:
Ionosphere wrote:
I wonder what the longest historical DL MD-88 flight was?


I remember when they flew them as far west as PHX, but can't remember if it was from ATL or CVG. That was probably one of the longest?

As somebody mentioned, they've come back on ATL-PWM after it had been -90s for over a year. I thought all flight were limited to two hours from ATL, but PWM is a big further. Nice to see them back here, though. I thought they were finally gone when the MD-90s started coming.


There was a PHX-MSP flight as late as last year. One a day. Now a 321. I always made sure to avoid that one.

Has been nice to see BNA get 739s instead of all the MDs.
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Wed Jun 05, 2019 7:21 pm

skyharborshome wrote:
pwm2txlhopper wrote:
Ionosphere wrote:
I wonder what the longest historical DL MD-88 flight was?


I remember when they flew them as far west as PHX, but can't remember if it was from ATL or CVG. That was probably one of the longest?

As somebody mentioned, they've come back on ATL-PWM after it had been -90s for over a year. I thought all flight were limited to two hours from ATL, but PWM is a big further. Nice to see them back here, though. I thought they were finally gone when the MD-90s started coming.


There was a PHX-MSP flight as late as last year. One a day. Now a 321. I always made sure to avoid that one.

Has been nice to see BNA get 739s instead of all the MDs.


NW use to regularly fly MD-82 from MSP PHX until that type's retirement in 1999 (DTW also got them; NW255 was a flight DTW-PHX operated by an MD82).

MSP PHX was also NW's first regularly scheduled 744 route!
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Re: Delta MD-88s as of Summer 2019

Wed Jun 05, 2019 7:21 pm

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Western727 wrote:
Someone please remind me: a key reason MD-8Xs are becoming obsolete quickly is because of P&W shying away from JT8D support, yes?

They are becoming obsolete quickly because the plane is now 2 generations old with the youngest aircraft over 20 years old and the bulk of the worldwide frames around 30ish. It’s the same reason you don’t see many of its direct competitor (the 737-300/400/500) around all that much either.
It is quite a bit more 737 Classics flying around the World with various Airlines/Charters and Cargo outfits and will be for some time to come, it still has support from CFM for the engines etc etc unlike the MD80 series which is losing support from P/W etc etc.
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Wed Jun 05, 2019 10:00 pm

TTailedTiger wrote:
N292UX wrote:
OMA/MKE-ATL are right up there in longest routings. IIRC, they send MD-88s on ATL-PWM, too. That could be up there too. I believe there will be around ~45 MD-88s remaining by the end of 2019 with the rest retiring in 2020. There maybe a few cities in the midwest that are all MD-88 (DAY, CLE, CMH, MKE) all come to mind, plus maybe a few Florida cities (DAB, ECP) possibly. I think IAD-ATL is all MD-88, or at the very least all MD. I doubt any remaining DL MD-88s will find homes after this. Many of them are more than 30 years old and have probably run a lot of cycles. I know a few ex-AA MD-80s found homes in Europe and a few other places, but most of those were likely old TWA builds that were built in the mid-late 1990s and are well under 30 years old.

It is also (sadly) becoming that time when I begin to wonder what the last DL MD-88 routing will be. I know the DC-9-50s went DTW-MSP-ATL. If I had to take a guess, I'd say that the last routing (should be) something like either FLL, RSW, TPA, or MCO-CVG-ATL. DL MD-88s have always been big in FL, so it seems logical that they get a piece of the final routing. CVG was a huge DL hub in the MD-88s heyday, and there was no scarcity of MD-88 flights out of CVG. And ATL is obvious. No explanation needed there.


Agreed that CVG and ATL should be the final flight. Maybe DFW-CVG-ATL since the MD-88 also spent a lot of time at DFW during the hub days.

DFW wouldn't be a bad idea since I know they also flew plenty of MD-80s out of DFW. Also, I'd probably say the legacy NW hubs (DTW, MSP, MEM), plus JFK/LGA probably aren't worthy of being part of the last routing since none of those airports really had much history with the MD-88. DFW-CVG-ATL would be a decent routing, IMO.
 
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Re: Delta MD-88s as of Summer 2019

Wed Jun 05, 2019 10:48 pm

compensateme wrote:
DL use to fly MD-88 from ATL-TOL.

Are there any other domestic stations that saw regular MD88 service, but no longer receive ANY service from DL (DL branded regional or mainline) today?


SHV and MLU come are the two that stick out.
 
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Re: Delta MD-88s as of Summer 2019

Wed Jun 05, 2019 11:47 pm

I'm on an MD88 right now....inbound on ICT-ATL. One of the longer MD88 routes out there. Honestly give me exit row MD88 any day over anything really on a 739 or 321.
 
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Re: Delta MD-88s as of Summer 2019

Thu Jun 06, 2019 12:07 am

All three flights per day ICT to ATL are MD-88s.
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