American Schedules Last MD-80 Revenue Flight

Two classics in one shot (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Greg Linton)

September 4 is going to be a date many of us will remember. That day American Airlines will retire its remaining 26 McDonnell Douglas MD-80 aircraft, ending a 37-year-long flying career.

Unveiled by McDonnell Douglas in 1977 as an evolution of the DC-9-50, the MD-80 was nicknamed “Mad Dog” while keeping the “Super 80.” American became the first U.S. carrier to order it, after leasing 142 MD-80s to replace its Boeing 727 fleet.

Along with its comfort and performance, both the MD-80 and the Boeing 767 introduced a new paradigm within AA’s operations: a two-pilot cockpit. And while the carrier absorbed airlines and fleets, its Mad Dog fleet grew to become the largest in the world.

Due to that fleet size, the phase-out of the model has been a long, multi-year effort. The schedule is up for travelers and nostalgic aviation geeks to check:

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

Flight 80 will mark the end of the road for the almighty Super 80. On that day, we will say farewell to an aircraft that has seen 40 years of aviation history, and that has been an important part of it.

This story was updated on June 25, 2019 at 10:43 p.m. ET. The polished aluminum livery will remain in American’s fleet on N921NN, a Boeing 737-800, which is listed as a retro jet. 

Pablo Diaz

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