American Airlines Announces Its Final MD-80 Flights

Jun 25, 2019

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American Airlines has announced the retirement plans for its McDonnell-Douglas MD-80 fleet, signaling the end of an era at the carrier.

On Sept. 3 and 4, American’s 26 remaining MD-80s will all conduct their final flights.

The schedule of American Airline's last revenue MD-80 flights. (Courtesy of American Airlines)
The schedule of American Airline’s last revenue MD-80 flights. (Courtesy of American Airlines)

The very last one, Flight 80 from Dallas/Fort Worth to Chicago O’Hare, will land in the Windy City around 11:30am on Sept. 4, before joining its sister aircraft in Roswell, New Mexico. (A note to our readers: that flight appears to be sold out.)

“The MD-80, also known as the Super 80, 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,” the airline said in its press release.

As planes get more efficient though, the MD-80 is being replaced by jets that burn less fuel and have new amenities, making them cheaper for airlines to operate and more appealing for passengers to fly on. American has also been working on standardizing its fleet.

Stay tuned to TPG for our coverage of the fleet’s retirement.

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