Delta sets the retirement date for the MD-88 and MD-90 fleets

Photo: Delta Air Lines.

Delta Air Lines has made this announcement:

Delta’s McDonnell Douglas MD-88s and MD-90s will depart on their last scheduled revenue flights on June 2, 2020 as Delta officially retires the “Mad Dog” jets from the fleet.

Delta Air Lines McDonnell Douglas MD-88 N994DL (msn 53346) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 950150.

Above Copyright Photo: Delta Air Lines McDonnell Douglas MD-88 N994DL (msn 53346) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 950150.

In a nod to the T-tail jet’s name, Delta flight 88, a McDonnell Douglas MD-88, will depart on its last scheduled revenue flight on the morning of Tuesday, June 2, 2020 from Washington-Dulles International Airport to our hub in Atlanta.

Earlier that same morning, Delta flight 90, operated by an MD-90 aircraft, will fly from Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston to ATL.

For the MD-90, the final flight will arrive from Houston (IAH) at Atlanta at 8:58 a.m. while the final MD-88 will arrive from Washington (Dulles), DC at ATL at 10:00 a.m.

Delta Air Lines McDonnell Douglas MD-90-30 N905DA (msn 53385) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 100298.

Above Copyright Photo: The MD-90-30 in the original 2000 livery: Delta Air Lines McDonnell Douglas MD-90-30 N905DA (msn 53385) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 100298.

Once on the ground in Atlanta, the aircraft will join several other MD-88s and MD-90s as they fly to Blytheville, Arkansas, where they will be officially retired from the fleet.

Last month Delta announced its plans to retire the MD-88 and MD-90 fleet earlier than previously planned due to the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on travel demand.

Delta has been able to react quickly to the COVID-19 crisis by parking aircraft and considering early retirements of older, less efficient airplanes. Delta continues to evaluate its broader fleet plan and will consider additional aircraft retirements to focus on a modern, simpler fleet going forward.

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