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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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 (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.