American Airlines Announces Schedule of Final MD-80 Revenue Flights

June 27, 2019

 

On September 4, American Airlines will retire its last twenty-six McDonnell Douglas MD-80 aircraft. The MD-80, also known as the Super 80, was the workhorse of the airline’s fleet from the early 1980s and beyond, and was seen across the airline's US domestic network. At its height, American operated 228 MD82 variants with an additional thirty-two of the MD83 type, a staggering total of 260 aircraft. With the first arriving in May 1983, after thirty-six years of flying the 'Mad Dog' as it is affectionately nick-named, a well-earned retirement beckons as American celebrates the aircraft’s history while modernising its fleet.

  American's first order was for just twenty examples and all were delivered by the end of 1983 but the type had proved itself so ideal for the airline that in 1984, an astounding 167 were ordered (67 firm and 100 options). The order revitalised sales of the McDonnell Douglas twin-jet and at the time was the largest single order by any US airline. American's MD83s began to arrive in 1987. 

 

Below is the schedule announced by American 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             Departs from:          Time                    Arrives at:           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

 

Images -

Above - Dallas/Ft Worth has seen many of the twin-jets arriving and departing over the years. 

Below -The old and the new - Mad Dogs on the left, Boeing on the right

(both Tyler McDowell)

 

 

 

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