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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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Delta to retire its MD-88, MD-90 fleets in June

All remaining MD-90-30s to be early-retired in June 2020

Delta Air Lines will retire the McDonnell Douglas MD-88 and MD-90 aircraft earlier than previously planned, with both aircraft types exiting the fleet effective June 2020.

 

The accelerated retirement schedule of both aircraft is a result of the COVID-19 pandemic as the airline reduces capacity systemwide.

Delta cut its overall active fleet by about half, parking more than 600 mainline and regional aircraft in the last two months.

Delta has been able to react quickly to the COVID-19 crisis by parking aircraft and considering early retirements of older, less efficient airplanes.

The 149-seat MD-88 was previously set to retire by the end of 2020. As of February this year, prior to the coronavirus-driven fleet reduction, there were 47 MD-88s and 29 MD-90s operating.

Both aircraft operated across much of Delta’s domestic network and have been workhorses for the airline.

Delta continues to evaluate its broader fleet plan and will consider additional aircraft retirements to focus on a modern, more simplified fleet going forward.

Top Copyright Photo: Delta Air Lines McDonnell Douglas MD-90-30 N917DN (msn 53552) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 104936.

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Delta to expedite the retirement of its remaining McDonnell Douglas MD-90s

Delta Air Lines McDonnell Douglas MD-90-30 N902DA (msn 53382) FLL (Bruce Drum). Image: 101323.

Delta Air Lines currently operates a dwindling fleet of 40 McDonnell Douglas MD-90-30s.

During its first quarter earnings call, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Paul Jacobson, announced the company will now accelerate the retirement of its remaining MD-90s.

The airline will provide a more definitive retirement schedule later in the second quarter.

Related to this, Delta also plans to retire the last McDonnell Douglas MD-88 in 2020. The MD-90s will be the end of line of operating McDonnell Douglas jets by Delta.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Delta Air Lines McDonnell Douglas MD-90-30 N902DA (msn 53382) FLL (Bruce Drum). Image: 101323.

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EVA Air and UNI Air to operate its last McDonnell Douglas MD-90 flights in May

EVA Air (Taipei) and its subsidiary UNI Air (Taipei) are gradually retiring its McDonnell Douglas MD-90-30 aircraft.

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According to Airline Route, EVA Air will operate its last MD-90 revenue flight on May 7 on the Kaohsiung – Macau route.

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Meanwhile UNI Air will operate the last MD-90 revenue flight on May 31 on the Taichung – Hangzhou and return route. All of this is subject to change.

Top Copyright Photo: Kok Chwee K.C. Sim/AirlinersGallery.com. EVA Air McDonnell Douglas MD-90-30 B-17918 (msn 53571) arrives in Singapore.

EVA Air aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

SAS to lease the eight Blue1 MD-90s to an unidentified U.S. airline

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS (Stockholm) is planning to lease its eight McDonnell Douglas MD-90-30s to an unidentified U.S. carrier (Delta?). The aircraft are currently being operated by subsidiary Blue1 (Helsinki) but are being replaced by newer Boeing 717-200s.

Read the report from Reuters:

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Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best. Blue1’s McDonnell Douglas MD-90-30 OH-BLC (msn 53459) at London (Heathrow).

Delta to add five new destinations and 14 new flights from Raleith/Durham

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) is building up its services from Raleigh/Durham. Starting on November 11, DL will add new destinations from RDU and 14 new flights bringing the total to 54 flights.

Read the full report from the Triangle Business Journal:

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Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. McDonnell Douglas MD-90-30 N902DA (msn 53382) prepares for departure from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood.