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Re: DL retiring MD-80/90s quickly

Tue Jun 02, 2020 2:32 am

I'm on DL88 in the morning. Amazingly, there are still seats for sale. A sign of the times I guess. Now that we're down to the wire, anyone know if IAD, ATL, and/or DL have anything special in store?
 
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Re: DL retiring MD-80/90s quickly

Tue Jun 02, 2020 2:51 am

...717 (MD95) does not have the aft stairs.
 
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Re: DL retiring MD-80/90s quickly

Tue Jun 02, 2020 2:52 am

lx2iah wrote:
Flight DL1995 operated by M90 / Registration N925DN will be making her final landing tonight at IAH around 832pm central time. IAH will probably never see another M90 land here. Ship 9225 will head back to ATL tomorrow morning as flight DL90 and sadly that will be her final revenue flight. The only M90 I flew on was N919DN on 15 December 2019 from ATL to IAH. I was fortunate enough to be seated in first class, but I can remember the passengers filing past me and I was thinking to myself “where are all of these people going to sit on this plane?” The only thing I didn’t like was no PTV. Godspeed to the Delta M90. You’ve served your passengers and crews well.


A pity the MD-90 (and the 717s) never got the PTVs.

Another fleet type from my childhood gone. A staple DL fleet type into TPA in the 90's to a few years ago prior to the arrival of the 739s and 321s. The MD-90's didn't show up in TPA until the early 2000s serving DFW towards the end of its hub life. With DL's post-merger fleet expansion, it then became a staple type in the 2010's, seeing frequent off-season usage to ATL, MSP, and DTW, with usage displaced by the 739s and 321s.

 
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Re: DL retiring MD-80/90s quickly

Tue Jun 02, 2020 3:56 am

I'm finding myself wishing I had tried to book one of the last flights even though I had approximately 630 Mad Dog flights over the years. I have certainly experienced them pretty thoroughly, but being a part of this last send-off, muted as it is, would have been cool.

My first ride was either a Delta Widget or a Continental Saul Bass - wish I'd kept better records back then. I ended up flying on quite a few other Delta and Continental birds in all their liveries, but the bulk of that 630 was on American's silver fleet in and out of Dallas. I managed to fly almost 70% of all the ones AA ever had. Top Dogs with 6 flights each - N564AA and N972TW. I got 2 MD-87 flights on Aeromexico. My last MD-88 flight was on N975DL in 2018, and my last ever Mad Dog now looks like it was MD-90 N936DN about a year ago. Although I suppose it's likely I'll still manage some 717 rides in the not-too-distant future, the full MD experience is now behind me.

I'm gonna miss the comfort of the 2-seat side (A220 here I come), the quiet ride up front (even as I savored the JT8D whine), and the sturdy feel of a Douglas. Missing seatback PTV's never bothered me - if I had to say anything negative it would be the lack of modern power outlets.

Anyway, I think the skies will be a less interesting place from now on. Rest in peace, old friends.
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Re: DL retiring MD-80/90s quickly

Tue Jun 02, 2020 4:00 am

Wow. The end of an era. I’ve been on many MD-88 flights over the years but only 2 MD-90s... thankful now that I got on them!

My first DL M88 flight was DL585, MCO-MSY in June 1994. Outbound to MCO was a 72S. I remember the pilot making a very long announcement about how new and efficient the airplane was. Dad videoed the departure and landing. The interior had alternating blue and red seats in Y. Funny thing, I remember I was bummed we didn’t take the earlier flight around 1130 since it was a 757 but when you’re 15 and are just going along for the ride, you don’t get a lot of say.

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Re: DL retiring MD-80/90s quickly

Tue Jun 02, 2020 4:04 am

25E was always my go-to seat on the MD-88. Loved the exit row window seat with tons of leg room, and far back enough to hear the noise of the engines, but not too much like being in the last few rows. I would rather be there than in C+, but of course didn't mind when the upgrade cleared to F. Granted, on peak business travel time flights that was rare even as a Platinum, but I did enjoy my share my rides up front on the MD88.
 
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Re: DL retiring MD-80/90s quickly

Tue Jun 02, 2020 4:08 am

Looking back, my first MD-80 ride was on Continental (in the old Saul Bass livery) back in 1990 - a memorable flight if only because the Boston Celtics were on board (before the days of professional teams flying charter!) and we had four future NBA Hall of Famers on that flight.

My first Delta Mad Dog was in 1999...ATL-BOS taking me and my family home from Winter Break in MCO. I'd end up having a total of 254 legs on Delta MD-88s, plus a handful on American, Continental and Alaska. The only variant I didn't get was the MD-87.

As for the -90, my first flight was DFW-LAX, about a month before Delta pulled the DFW hub. That was my first trip in college. I ended up grabbing 71 total legs on Delta MD-90s.

As for last flights, my last MD-90 was last July - I got to take a ferry flight from MSP to ATL. There were eight souls on board - the two pilots and six of us along for the ride, each getting our own set of seats in First Class. My last MD-80 was this past Thursday on SRQ-ATL - first time getting up to FL360 on an -88 - a fitting way to say goodbye to an old friend.
 
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Re: DL retiring MD-80/90s quickly

Tue Jun 02, 2020 12:06 pm

Final MD-88 out of Sarasota this morning, 32 year-old N917DL:

https://youtu.be/5TUhVPbxgZU
 
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Re: DL retiring MD-80/90s quickly

Tue Jun 02, 2020 12:16 pm

Ishrion wrote:
Final MD-88 out of Sarasota this morning, 32 year-old N917DL:

https://youtu.be/5TUhVPbxgZU


Looks like someone forgot to close the external power door upon departure.
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Re: DL retiring MD-80/90s quickly

Tue Jun 02, 2020 12:19 pm

Final flight IAD-ATL has some celebrations, such as decorations:

https://twitter.com/FlyingHighRyan/stat ... 7903454208
 
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Re: DL retiring MD-80/90s quickly

Tue Jun 02, 2020 12:46 pm

DL90 just landed safely. Clear skies and Tailwinds. She'll be missed.

Still unsure on the md88 situation, looks like it is in fact still coming from KIAD.
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Re: DL retiring MD-80/90s quickly

Tue Jun 02, 2020 2:06 pm

This it is, the final curtain call. A sad day, they'll be missed. DL88 just landed safely and was welcomed to Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. This truly is the end of an era.

There seems to be a helicopter over the terminal taking pictures.

Mr. Woolman would be proud.

Clear Skies and Tailwinds to the mad dogs.
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Re: DL retiring MD-80/90s quickly

Tue Jun 02, 2020 2:11 pm

That was a cool video out of SRQ this morning. Good early morning lighting. That is the quintessential DL MD-88 footage right there, hot humid summer morning flying around the Southeast.
 
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Re: DL retiring MD-80/90s quickly

Tue Jun 02, 2020 2:25 pm

N978DL ran the last M88 flight out of CMH yesterday to a sendoff: https://twitter.com/columbusairport/sta ... 9949940736
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Re: DL retiring MD-80/90s quickly

Tue Jun 02, 2020 2:49 pm

PSU.DTW.SCE wrote:
That was a cool video out of SRQ this morning. Good early morning lighting. That is the quintessential DL MD-88 footage right there, hot humid summer morning flying around the Southeast.


This one???
https://www.facebook.com/maida28/videos ... 802260798/
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Re: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly

Tue Jun 02, 2020 3:12 pm

There was a nice send off for DL88 at IAD, and it was a fun flight. But am I the only one who was surprised by the lack of any real welcome in ATL, other than the water cannons and the pre-arranged ramp tour? It seems IAD really outdid ATL and DL on this one.
 
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Re: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly

Tue Jun 02, 2020 3:16 pm

Managed to get a couple snaps and video of DL88 departing 30 at Dulles this morning. I'll try to upload them from my phone.
 
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Re: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly

Tue Jun 02, 2020 3:17 pm

Here's the status of "final flights" of the MD88's and MD90's to BYH:

https://flightaware.com/live/airport/KBYH
 
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Re: DL retiring MD-80/90s quickly

Tue Jun 02, 2020 3:30 pm

727LOVER wrote:
PSU.DTW.SCE wrote:
That was a cool video out of SRQ this morning. Good early morning lighting. That is the quintessential DL MD-88 footage right there, hot humid summer morning flying around the Southeast.


This one???
https://www.facebook.com/maida28/videos ... 802260798/


The one from up-thread; much better position and professional, since it was on the airfield
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Final MD-88 out of Sarasota this morning, 32 year-old N917DL:

https://youtu.be/5TUhVPbxgZU
 
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Re: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly

Tue Jun 02, 2020 3:30 pm

The last MD90, 9225 is taxiing to depart ATL.
 
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Re: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly

Tue Jun 02, 2020 3:31 pm

FLALEFTY wrote:
Here's the status of "final flights" of the MD88's and MD90's to BYH:

https://flightaware.com/live/airport/KBYH


Kind of sad Flightaware screen, many arrivals, very few departures.
 
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Re: DL retiring MD-80/90s quickly

Tue Jun 02, 2020 3:32 pm

DL_Mech wrote:
Ishrion wrote:
Final MD-88 out of Sarasota this morning, 32 year-old N917DL:

https://youtu.be/5TUhVPbxgZU


Looks like someone forgot to close the external power door upon departure.


Haha, yep, whoever saluted that one off wasn't doing his job.
 
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Re: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly

Tue Jun 02, 2020 3:33 pm

This farewell is more of a funeral than a party.
AA MD-80s went out with a party.
DL MD-88/90 go out more with a funeral.
 
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Re: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly

Tue Jun 02, 2020 3:35 pm

So far, today

MD-88

N917DL ATL-BYH (Final rev flight was 6/2 on SRQ-ATL)
N912DE BNA-BYH (Final rev flight was 6/1 on ATL-BNA)
N907DE ATL-BYH (Final rev flight was 6/2 on RDU-ATL)
N978DL ATL-BYH (Final rev flight was 6/2 on RIC-ATL)
N908DE MEM-BYH (Final rev flight was 6/1 on ATL-MEM)
N902DE ATL-BYH (Final rev flight was ORF-ATL on 6/2)
N995DL SAT-BYH (Final rev flight was ATL-SAT on 6/1)
N976DL PHL-BLH (Final rev flight was ATL-PHL on 6/1)
N966DL CMH-BYH (Final rev flight was ATL-CMH on 6/1)
N910DE ATL-BYH (Final rev flight was PIT-ATL on 6/2)
N974DL ATL-BYH ( Final rev flight was BDL-ATL on 6/2)

MD-90

N925DN ATL-BYH (Final rev flight was HOU-ATL on 6/2)
 
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Re: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly

Tue Jun 02, 2020 3:47 pm

Was on the final group of flights, DAL742 RIC-ATL. Got to step inside the last MD90, and Delta graciously let us on the ramp for a pictures all around N900DE. I'll be making a trip report soon.

It was a bettersweet day, but a nice distraction from the ugliness of the world.
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Re: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly

Tue Jun 02, 2020 3:54 pm

Wow, can’t believe this is it. Would always be able to hear those JT8D DC-9/MD-88s rocketing out of DTW above me. Only thing we got left now is the 717s to carry the Douglas torch a little while longer.
 
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Re: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly

Tue Jun 02, 2020 4:09 pm

Last two look like these -88’s

N903DE MCI-BYH (Final rev flight ATL-MCI on 6/1)
N900DE ATL-BYH (Final rev flight IAD-ATL on 6/2)

And Endevour CRJ2 N8946A flying ATL-BHY to pick up the crews
 
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Re: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly

Tue Jun 02, 2020 4:16 pm

I will miss these birds immensely. My very first flight that started my whole love affair with aviation back in 1996 was on N951DL, and they have always been my favorite to fly on since then (along with their red-tailed DC-9 counterparts). I certainly didn't realize that my last flight on a Delta MD-88 would be all the way back in 2013, I had always hoped to plan a spotting trip to ATL to fly them one more time before this happened. I do feel very lucky to have gone out of my way to catch a couple AA MD-82s and DL MD-90s in more recent years. Glad that the 717s will still be around for a while anyway, thank you Mad Dogs for all of your wonderful quirks and many years of service!!
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Re: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly

Tue Jun 02, 2020 4:17 pm

I was on DL88 this morning. I have to say I was disappointed in some of the behavior of aviation enthusiasts on this flight. A number of younger basically exclusively males wearing no face covering, or wearing it but around their neck talking loudly. This is a confined space during a pandemic when studies have shown very clearly that talking and singing are among the best ways to send the virus into the air. Do better, if you’re reading this, especially if you are now on or will soon board another flight.

I was on the inbound last night and nearly every person was very cautious/respectful and so I didn’t say anything here, even though I thought to. Mistake I guess.

So long to an old friend. My first flight on an MD-88 was in 2004 on ship 9006, but I’ve been flying on the MD-80 series at least since 1997 on Continental, also a few trips on AA.

Will really miss the sound of those jets, and that blaring 400 Hz hum that I’ve come to know so well.

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Re: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly

Tue Jun 02, 2020 4:30 pm

Final '88 has departed ATL: https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/n900de
Hope there was a bit of fanfare at ATL but didn't hear much of anything on LiveATC.
 
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Re: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly

Tue Jun 02, 2020 5:14 pm

I thought there was one that was going to remain until the 3rd and go tomorrow, or is that all of them?
 
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Re: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly

Tue Jun 02, 2020 5:48 pm

PSU.DTW.SCE wrote:
I thought there was one that was going to remain until the 3rd and go tomorrow, or is that all of them?


Same here but it looks like ‘all’ of them ferried to BYH today. I say ‘all’ because there are several that have not flown in months.
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Re: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly

Tue Jun 02, 2020 6:09 pm

My last MD88 flight was to PHL and I sat first row window on right side. Last flight for that day and the seat was cheaper than cattle car any other time of the day.
 
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Re: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly

Tue Jun 02, 2020 6:47 pm

My first MD80 flight was on Midway Metrolink from MDW-LGA in the early 1980s. The second was on an airline that escapes me that flew scheduled public charter service from ORD-ACY and then later moved to PHL. (Oooh, now I remember: American International.) That whole operation was very Atlantic City, from the burly bouncer-like male FA's to the manner of service. Fun! The third was on JetAmerica from ORD-LGB. And another memorable flight was on Hawaiian from (I think) OGG-HNL on N849HA or N859HA in like 1984 or early 1985. I remember noticing the partial American International livery on the aircraft and the FA I was talking to thought that to be pretty-observant; she mentioned that they had leased them out to AIA and then taken them back recently after (I think) AIA went kaput. Later in the '80s, flights on SunJet International (the "Stripper Airline" where Dallas strippers would go to NYC to make money, bringing along big tubs of costumes that they would claim at baggage claim) between DFW-EWR were a frequent ride, as well as on a small MD80 airline that SunJet occasionally wet-leased from and which was later shut down by the FAA for repeated W&B violations on that DFW-EWR route (yikes!). Then a million MD80 rides on DL (including one where I memorably sat next to BB King in First from CLT-ATL) and to a lesser-extent AA. I very much enjoyed them, and the MD90, as a passenger, and will miss them. My last was an MD90 ride on DL from NYC to MIA and return about 2 years ago.
 
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Re: DL retiring MD-80/90s quickly

Tue Jun 02, 2020 7:25 pm

PSU.DTW.SCE wrote:
That was a cool video out of SRQ this morning. Good early morning lighting. That is the quintessential DL MD-88 footage right there, hot humid summer morning flying around the Southeast.


Nailed it. A circa 0700 departure from MOB, BHM, JAN, BTR, AGS, MSY, DAB, TLH, VPS, PNS, GNV, SAV....the list goes on and on.
 
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Re: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly

Tue Jun 02, 2020 7:34 pm

Though experiencing Maddog withdrawal today, I'm happy to read responses like these that are an apt send-off. I am putting together a documentary for release soon on the fleet type to include interviews of retired friends of mine at MAC-DAC. I'm still looking for contributors with stories, videos, experiences, photos, etc. Please help me make this an exceedingly great video in honor of the aircraft's history, designers, operators and fans for generations to come.
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Re: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly

Tue Jun 02, 2020 8:05 pm

Here's a video of someone on one of the final MD-88 flights. Looks like this flight got a good send off with water canon salutes and the staff all getting involved. From the looks of things, the whole flight was full of aviation enthusiasts :D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdJn8Pqy42s
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Re: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly

Tue Jun 02, 2020 8:13 pm

With the MD-88/90s gone, what is the average age of Delta’s fleet now?
 
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Re: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly

Tue Jun 02, 2020 8:41 pm

At this moment, with 1 MD-88 and 3 MD-90s still waiting to be moved into the Historic column in the planespotters.net database, DL's avg fleet age is 14.6 years. There's still a lot of old aircraft (A320s at 24.8 years, the oldest of subfleets now), and with 844 remaining active aircraft it takes a LOT of new aircraft to bring down the fleet avg.

https://www.planespotters.net/airline/Delta-Air-Lines
 
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Re: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly

Tue Jun 02, 2020 8:55 pm

Wasn’t a fan of the last few rows, but man. Another plane gone that was “new” when I was a kid. Whisper jet. LOL. I’m going to miss some noise. :D
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Re: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly

Tue Jun 02, 2020 8:56 pm

Colateral damage from the retirement of the MD88's and COVID is being felt in Florida. GNV and TLH used to receive Delta mainline, but it appears that they have been demoted to regional-only service from Endeavor. Also, MLB and DAB are down to just one B712 flight daily (each) and may be inching their way onto Delta's "cut list" due to those cities being on the outer edges of MCO's catchment area.
 
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Re: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly

Tue Jun 02, 2020 9:00 pm

MIflyer12 wrote:
At this moment, with 1 MD-88 and 3 MD-90s still waiting to be moved into the Historic column in the planespotters.net database, DL's avg fleet age is 14.6 years. There's still a lot of old aircraft (A320s at 24.8 years, the oldest of subfleets now), and with 844 remaining active aircraft it takes a LOT of new aircraft to bring down the fleet avg.

https://www.planespotters.net/airline/Delta-Air-Lines

I’m sure the 1999-2002 77Es and 2008-2010 77Ls being retired will bring down the average age a little bit once the year is out.
 
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Re: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly

Tue Jun 02, 2020 9:04 pm

Actually, it will be just a very little bit: the 77Ls are younger than the average (so pulling them pushes up the average), and there are very few 777s in the fleet.
 
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Re: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly

Tue Jun 02, 2020 10:02 pm

FLALEFTY wrote:
Colateral damage from the retirement of the MD88's and COVID is being felt in Florida. GNV and TLH used to receive Delta mainline, but it appears that they have been demoted to regional-only service from Endeavor. Also, MLB and DAB are down to just one B712 flight daily (each) and may be inching their way onto Delta's "cut list" due to those cities being on the outer edges of MCO's catchment area.


Delta is cutting capacity across the board, not just in Florida. Most of the former MD-88 routes have been downgraded to 717s and DTW has had all 717 routes replaced by CR9s. It still seems like a strange decision to reduce capacity essentially overnight especially with DLs decision to only fill their aircraft to 60%.
 
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Re: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly

Tue Jun 02, 2020 10:28 pm

MIflyer12 wrote:
At this moment, with 1 MD-88 and 3 MD-90s still waiting to be moved into the Historic column in the planespotters.net database, DL's avg fleet age is 14.6 years. There's still a lot of old aircraft (A320s at 24.8 years, the oldest of subfleets now), and with 844 remaining active aircraft it takes a LOT of new aircraft to bring down the fleet avg.

https://www.planespotters.net/airline/Delta-Air-Lines


Two of the MD90's have been at QRO since the first of the year and were supposed be going through heavy maintenance. I imagine Delta told the contractor to stop work and it could be that they are currently not airworthy. There is also a MD90 stuck at MSP, condition unknown.

I wonder if the MD88 still at ATL won't be preserved for Delta's museum and not be sent to be broken up at BYH?

Given the advanced age of the A320 fleet and the fact that all 62 have been grounded since late-March, I'm wondering if Delta doesn't decide that to be their next subfleet to retire?
 
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Re: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly

Tue Jun 02, 2020 10:29 pm

ikolkyo wrote:
Wow, can’t believe this is it. Would always be able to hear those JT8D DC-9/MD-88s rocketing out of DTW above me. Only thing we got left now is the 717s to carry the Douglas torch a little while longer.


If you live near DTW than you will hear real JT8D's at YIP with the DC-9's and 727's still flying out of there.
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Re: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly

Tue Jun 02, 2020 10:35 pm

FLALEFTY wrote:
MIflyer12 wrote:
At this moment, with 1 MD-88 and 3 MD-90s still waiting to be moved into the Historic column in the planespotters.net database, DL's avg fleet age is 14.6 years. There's still a lot of old aircraft (A320s at 24.8 years, the oldest of subfleets now), and with 844 remaining active aircraft it takes a LOT of new aircraft to bring down the fleet avg.

https://www.planespotters.net/airline/Delta-Air-Lines


Two of the MD90's have been at QRO since the first of the year and were supposed be going through heavy maintenance. I imagine Delta told the contractor to stop work and it could be that they are currently not airworthy. There is also a MD90 stuck at MSP, condition unknown.

I wonder if the MD88 still at ATL won't be preserved for Delta's museum and not be sent to be broken up at BYH?

Given the advanced age of the A320 fleet and the fact that all 62 have been grounded since late-March, I'm wondering if Delta doesn't decide that to be their next subfleet to retire?

The A320 subfleet likely won’t be retired en masse like the MD88/90 fleet since there isn’t large structural / fixed cost reductions due to commonality with the A319 and A320. It would likely be more targeted toward frames at or near HMVs. Ones that have green time will likely come back at some point. Some may not though.
 
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Re: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly

Tue Jun 02, 2020 10:36 pm

Provided we ever get past this pandemic (and again, some of the activity on that flight is not helping), I'm sure this will change again. The trend has been toward larger planes. There's just nobody much flying right now. I certainly won't be again for a good long time. TSA went through my bag this morning (apparently now it's been decided that creams are also not permitted to be carried on). I asked part way through "do you change those gloves?" Their answer was "we CAN if you'd like." On all four segments I flew, they asked people to keep distant from one another on the plane to the extent possible, waiting and leaving space getting on and off. People jammed up waiting to get off the plane the same as usual. It theoretically could be done at least more safely, but it sure isn't now.
 
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Re: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly

Tue Jun 02, 2020 11:05 pm

I worked for DL in BGR on the ramp and then as a ticket and gate agent from '93 to '99 until DL ended mainline service there. When I started it was B727's, some B737's and then all MD-88's. I used to follow what tail numbers we were expecting and thought it was cool when we could expect a brand new airplane with the new plane smell. I feel old knowing that was 25 years ago. I believe N920DE was the last frame delivered new from the factory. I've been texting with a friend that went to CVG when DL left and we are sad to see the end of an era.
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Re: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly

Tue Jun 02, 2020 11:52 pm

Interesting DL "chartered" a CR2 to pick up the crews, but probably made more financial sense with that many pilots than driving them all to MEM.

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