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American Airlines donates the last 2 McDonnell Douglas MD-80 aircraft

American Airlines has made this announcement:

After retiring the last of its McDonnell Douglas MD-80 fleet to Roswell, New Mexico, in early September 2019, American is donating the last two MD-80 aircraft to CareerTech in Oklahoma City, and Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois. The airline will ferry the first of the donated planes to Will Rogers World Airport (OKC) today. The other aircraft will be ferried to Lewis University Airport (LOT) Friday.

The donations to the two schools provides aviation maintenance students the opportunity to gain practical experience by working on a commercial aircraft.


With the MD-80 donation, CareerTech can expand aviation workforce preparation from a statewide level to the entire CareerTech system. The aircraft will be used to train students in maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) operations, and the corresponding curriculum and training materials will be utilized at all CareerTech technology centers that provide aerospace training.

Lewis University Aviation and Transportation

The MD-80 donation helps Lewis University Aviation and Transportation develop a new generation of training as it provides an updated avionics package and broadens opportunities for students to earn more Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certificates. All 700 current Aviation and Transportation students will use the MD-80 at some point in their studies, however, it will primarily be used by nearly 200 students in the Aviation Maintenance Management program.

American’s MD-80 in 2020 and beyond

American retired its remaining fleet of 26 MD-80 aircraft Sept. 4, 2019 to Roswell. The MD-80, also known as the Super 80, was the workhorse of the airline’s fleet throughout the 1980s and beyond.

Photo: American Airlines.

Two aircraft remained at the airline’s Base Maintenance facility in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Today, aircraft N9621A will depart from the base to Will Rogers World Airport (OKC) in Oklahoma City. On Friday, Dec. 20, aircraft N501AA will depart to Lewis University Airport (LOT) in Romeoville. These will be the final two flights for American’s Super 80 fleet. Special dedication ceremonies at both schools will be held in early 2020.

American has donated eight MD-80 aircraft to educational causes. The others include:

  • 2015: Oklahoma State University School of Engineering in Stillwater, Oklahoma
  • 2013: Tulsa Air and Space Museum in Tulsa
  • 2011: Tulsa Tech in Tulsa
  • 2011: Museo del Nino (Children’s Museum) in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 2010: G.T. Baker Aviation School in Miami
  • 2009: Miguel Such Vocational School in San Juan

American’s commitment to STEM initiatives

American participates in initiatives that help introduce students to STEM careers in aviation. The airline recently invited students from W.H. Adamson High School in Dallas to tour the airline’s maintenance hangar at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. The tour gave more than 25 students an opportunity to learn more about the operation and see how STEM professions play a vital role in aircraft maintenance.

The airline has facilitated other maintenance hangar tours for students at Chicago O’Hare International Airport and Tulsa International Airport. Additionally, American’s Line Maintenance team at Los Angeles International Airport partnered with Project Scientist Academy and Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum earlier this year as part of an initiative that supports aspiring young aviators from Compton, California.

American Airlines officially announces the schedule of final MD-80 revenue flights

American Airlines has made this announcement:

On September 4, 2019 American Airlines will retire its last 26 McDonnell Douglas MD-80 aircraft. The MD-80, also known as the Super 80 (DC-9-82 and DC-9-83), was the workhorse of the airline’s fleet throughout the 1980s and beyond, providing customers and team members with heartfelt memories on adventures ranging from family vacations to key business trips. It’s a bittersweet but well-earned retirement as American celebrates the aircraft’s history while modernizing its fleet.

Below is the schedule of the final revenue flights on the “Mad Dog” before their desert farewell ferry flights to Roswell, New Mexico (ROW). All schedules are subject to change based on operational needs.

Flight Date Departure Time Arrival Time
1449 Sept. 3 GRR 1425 DFW 1606
2372 Sept. 3 SAT 1955 DFW 2110
2257 Sept. 3 MSY 1943 DFW 2122
1010 Sept. 3 DFW 2034 STL 2218
267 Sept. 3 DFW 2226 TUL 2329
2454 Sept. 4 ICT 0500 DFW 0615
2180 Sept. 4 AMA 0500 DFW 0618
2232 Sept. 4 LBB 0500 DFW 0627
2586 Sept. 4 PNS 0500 DFW 0656
2200 Sept. 4 CLE 0540 DFW 0732
2891 Sept. 4 VPS 0545 DFW 0754
2338 Sept. 4 MFE 0615 DFW 0755
2540 Sept. 4 OMA 0600 DFW 0758
2605 Sept. 4 RDU 0600 DFW 0758
2326 Sept. 4 DSM 0600 DFW 0800
2185 Sept. 4 SAT 0700 DFW 0814
2500 Sept. 4 CVG 0629 DFW 0802
1999 Sept. 4 STL 0730 DFW 0924
1538 Sept. 4 VPS 0719 DFW 0934
1038 Sept. 4 ICT 0810 DFW 0937
2335 Sept. 4 ABQ 0650 DFW 0938
80 Sept. 4 DFW 0900 ORD 1135

Map: American’s final MD-80 route (Great Circle Mapper).

Allegiant Air to start Minot-Las Vegas service

Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) has announced new, nonstop jet service between Minot, ND and Las Vegas starting on October 22.

The new flights will operate twice weekly between Minot International Airport (MOT) and McCarran International Airport (LAS), with service on Monday and Friday. Flights will depart Minot at 12:10 p.m. (1210) arriving in Las Vegas at 1 p.m. (1300). Flights leaving Las Vegas will depart at 6:50 a.m. (0650) arriving in Minot at 11:30 a.m. (1130) (all flight times are local). The carrier will utilize a full-size, 150-seat McDonnell Douglas DC-9-80 (MD-80) jet aircraft on the route.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. DC-9-87 (MD-87) N949MA (msn 49779) taxies to runway 9L at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood.

Did malware cause Spanair’s McDonnell Douglas DC-9-82 (MD-82) EC-HFP to crash?

Spanair’s (Barcelona) flight JKK 5022 on August 20, 2008 operating from Madrid to Gran Canaria, crashed on takeoff. The airliner veered off to the right and into the ground while climbing immediately after lifting off from runway 36L at 1445 local time. The McDonnell Douglas DC-9-82 MD-82 with the registration of EC-HFP (msn 53148) was carrying 162 passengers and 10 crew. In the accident 154 people were killed, two were seriously injured and 12 were slightly injured.

The on-going investigation has discovered the central computer system used to monitor technical problems in the aircraft was infected with malware.

According to the linked article, an internal report issued by Spanair revealed the infected computer failed to detect three technical problems with the aircraft, which if detected, may have prevented the plane from taking off, according to reports in the Spanish newspaper, El Pais.

Read the full report from MSNBC.com:


Copyright Photo: Ill-fated McDonnell Douglas DC-9-82 (MD-82) EC-HFP (msn 53148) painted in the Star Alliance livery taxies at Milan (Malpensa).

Allegiant 1Q net profit drops 19.8% to $22.6 million

Allegiant Air (Allegiant Travel Company) (Las Vegas) is still making money. However its first quarter net profit declined by 19.8 percent to $22.6 million.

During the first quarter of 2010 the company placed one owned 150-seat DC-9-82 (MD-82) aircraft into revenue service. We placed a second owned 150-seat DC-9-80 (MD-80) aircraft into service early in the second quarter, in conjunction with the previously announced planned permanent withdrawal of one DC-9-87 (MD-87) aircraft on April 1 (our 130-seat DC-9-87 fleet, now numbering three, operates almost exclusively for our fixed-fee programs). By the end of the second quarter 2010, we expect to have an operating fleet of 50 DC-9-80 (MD-80) aircraft (including our three remaining DC-9-87 aircraft).

Read the full press release:


Copyright Photo: FastEddie-Freedom Aviation Photography. Ex-SAS McDonnell Douglas DC-9-82 (MD-82) N416NV (msn 49555, ex LN-RMD) was acquired on February 21, 2010 and is now operating in the basic livery minus the usual tail logo.

Air Sweden acquires DC-9-82 SE-RJP

Copyright Photo: Ola Carlsson. McDonnell Douglas DC-9-82 SE-RJP (msn 49209) flew EBL-ARN on delivery on April 9. The airliner is due to be repainted. It still carries Air-Albatros titles and Alitalia colors after 4-5 months of storage.

Air Sweden (2nd) (Stockholm-Arlanda) has acquired McDonnell Douglas DC-9-82 (MD-82) SE-RJP (msn 49209, ex I-DAWS). It joins DC-9-81 (MD-81) SE-DMT.

USA Jet Airlines is operating its first McDonnell Douglas DC-9-83 for DirectAir

USA Jet Airlines (Ypsilanti) acquired its first McDonnell Douglas DC-9-83 (MD-83) on December 31, 2009 when this ex-Alaska Airlines aircraft joined the fleet. N949NS (msn 53022, ex N949AS) is being operated for public charter company DirectAir (Myrtle Beach) in this basic all-white condition minus any titles. DirectAir returned to the golfing and beach destination Myrtle Beach, SC for the season starting on February 4, 2010 with charter service to and from Myrtle Beach. Service to other cities is now ramping up.

Copyright Photo: Jan Petzold. N949NS is pictured on final approach to MYR on March 5.