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…

My Unpopular Opinion: It’s the MD-80’s Time To Go

Before anyone breaks out the pitchforks and torches, let me explain myself. It shouldn’t take too long, and if you still want to afterward, go for it. I write this article wholeheartedly recognizing the McDonnell Douglas MD-80’s place in aviation history, especially in the U.S. For decades, it was a…

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…

Saying Goodbye To The Silver MD-80s

Tuesday may have been a normal day of hard labor for most commercial aircraft but for 20 American MD 80s, it was retirement day. "It's a bittersweet day as we say goodbye to so many of our 'mad dog' (aircraft) but we look forward to bringing in newer aircraft to…