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A Delta MD-80 in the hangar (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

Birds of a Feather: The Aircraft Lost to COVID-19 in 2020 Part 2

To not mince words about the commercial aviation industry when talking about the last year, but 2020 sucked. The global force for moving passengers was grounded with the rapid spread of COVID-19 as borders closed, demand fell and airlines looked to make the most of the disaster at hand. Months later with Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna’s vaccines beginning to move in heavy shipments to show the light at the end of the tunnel, some new or legendary aircraft will not be…

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…

American, Delta Accelerate Aircraft Retirements

As airlines continue to struggle through the virtually nonexistent travel associated with the coronavirus pandemic, they are looking for as many places as possible to cut down on costs in an effort to save money. Many airlines have grounded large portions of their fleets, including inefficient jumbo jets that they…

Delta to Expedite Promotions for MD-88 ‘Mad Dog’ Pilots

Being promoted from a first officer to a captain can be a lengthy process, taking sometimes up to ten years to receive the promotion. Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines plans to offer faster promotions for junior pilots entering the airline industry. The only guideline is that new pilots must fly the…