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N900DE performed the final MD-88 passenger flight for Delta. (Photo: Hunter Lyons)

The JT8D Engine Roars into History Books as Delta Retires McDonnell Douglas Fleet

With the retirement of Delta’s McDonnell-Douglas MD-88s, the chapter for the MD-80 series in North America and the world closes for major airlines. However, it is more than just the metal fuselage that will see service decrease as the engine that once powered numerous aircraft types is falling silently into the history books. Coming off the militarily successful J-52, the JT8D was Pratt & Whitney’s response to the increasing demand for the smaller sizes requested for commercial jets. The Boeing…

Onboard the Final Flight: Delta Sunsets McDonnell Douglas Fleet During…

 The McDonnell Douglas MD-88 and MD-90 have officially exited Delta's fleet after flying their last scheduled flights on Tuesday after being part of the active fleet and a steady workhorse for Delta for 33 years and 25 years respectively. The MD-88 and MD-90 will be replaced with newer, more efficient…

Delta Plans to Reinstate Select International Flights in June

As the U.S. and nations around the world begin to ease restrictions related to the Coronavirus pandemic, airlines are seeing a rise in the movement of passengers. This expected increase in passengers is reflected in schedules for June. Delta Air Lines, announced its June schedule would see them flying at…

Opinion: Better to Prepare For Airline Doomsday

The airline day of reckoning is coming if everything continues on its current path. The bailout money airlines got this spring will hold them over until September 30 on the condition that payroll is maintained. Airlines, especially JetBlue and United Airlines, have become creative to find loopholes around this condition,…

Delta’s Pilot Workforce Overstaffed by 7,000

A Delta Air Lines internal memo to its’ pilots obtained by Reuters warned that it may have as many as 7,000 too many pilots to fly its airplanes by the Fall of 2020. The number represents approximately half of its 13,100 pilot workforce. John Laughter, SVP of Flight Operations for…

Delta Plans to Axe Boeing 777 Fleet

Delta Air Lines has announced it will retire the Boeing 777 from its fleet by the end of this year. A decision that will see the removal of eight 777-200(ER) and ten 777-200(LR) from its mainline fleet of 864 aircraft. The decision was announced by Ed Bastian, CEO of Delta,…

U.S. Airlines to Make Wearing Face Masks Compulsory

American, Delta and Frontier join JetBlue in making wearing face masks compulsory for passengers traveling as of next week. This is part of a wider set of sanitary measures that different stakeholders are putting in place as the world prepares to slowly reintroduce economic activity as the COVID-19 outbreak continues.…

Delta Officially Picks Up 10 LATAM A350 Orders

Delta Air Lines confirmed it has officially absorbed an order for 10 Airbus A350 aircraft from LATAM Airlines Group. The group, which currently operates a fleet of 330 aircraft, has been forced to cut 95 percent of its flying as a result of the global COVID-19 crisis. Through the deal…

Debate Over Refunds for Canceled Flights Emerges

Less than a week after releasing preliminary terms for airlines receiving aid from the U.S. government, the Department of Transportation (DOT) filed another memo for airlines on April 3, this one mandating airlines continue to provide refunds per previous guidance, even in the wake of the economic and travel industry…

Jobs the Main Focus As Congress Considers Aviation Bailout

As airlines across the United States feel the increasing weight of the COVID-19 pandemic on sales, Congress is considering a $58 billion bailout that they say should prioritize the preservation of jobs. Lawmakers say that any money airlines receive should come with conditions that no job is lost at the…