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Onboard the Final Flight: Delta Sunsets McDonnell Douglas Fleet During Uncertain Times

 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 aircraft such as the Airbus A220s, A321s and A321neos. However, the historical effects that played significant roles during some of Delta’s most challenging as well as successful moments for the…

30 Years Later: Remembering United Flight 232

On July 19, 1989, the crew of United Airlines flight 232 from Denver to Chicago was faced with the impossible task of flying a McDonnell Douglas DC-10 with 296 people on board after losing all three hydraulic systems. With the event occurring 30 years ago on Friday, it remains as…

Far East Air Transport Cancels Flights as Aging Aircraft Exceed…

Hundreds of passengers were left stranded throughout Southeast Asia last week as Taiwan's Far East Air Transport abruptly canceled a significant number of flights. Flights to countries such as the Philippines, Vietnam, China, Japan and South Korea were primarily affected as the airline insisted the cancellations were enacted in order…

American’s MD-80 Retirement Not Affected By Boeing 737 MAX Grounding

American Airlines was forced to ground its fleet of 24 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft on March 13, 2019, in an effort to comply with an FAA order that came in the wake of the crashes of Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 and Lion Air flight 605. The airline is the…

The Quest for One Last Flight: An Ode to the…

Once a mainstay at the country’s major airports, the McDonnell Douglas MD-80 is one of the most recognizable aircraft in the world. Flying for the likes of Trans World Airlines, Delta Air Lines and, most notably, American Airlines, the aircraft is best described as a workhorse, performing the short-medium haul…

American Sets Retirement Date for MD-80s

American Airlines has announced that it plans to completely retire its MD-80 fleet in 2019. The MD-80 has been one of the workhorses of the American Airlines fleet, operating countless short-haul domestic and international routes for the airline. Operating more than 300 MD-80s through 2007, American has been announcing plans…

Built to Fail: Commercial Aircraft Designs That Didn’t Go Mainstream

While we all admire the success and fame that has come with aircraft like the Boeing 747 or Airbus A320, not every design is successful. In this multi-part series, we will be looking into some of aviation’s designs that had huge potential and didn’t live up to the hype or…