American Airlines operated 362 McDonnell Douglas MD-80 aircraft back in 2001 and now they are left with just 30. They will be gone from the fleet in 2019.
Once the Embraers depart in 2020, this will leave American Airlines with an all Boeing and Airbus fleet. Since the MD-80s are on borrowed time, where can you still find them flying?
American’s MD-80 Routes for November 2018
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is the home of American’s MD-80 fleet. Virtually all the routes still being operated by the aircraft are going from or to here. Good to know both for those who want to fly on one and those who want to actively avoid one!
The below map was created by Edward Russell who writes for Flight Global. It shows all the routes being operated in November 2018 and the Dallas centric nature is immediately apparent.
For those that don’t speak fluent airport code, the destinations from ELP on the left and going clockwise are as follows. El Paso, Lubbock, Albuquerque, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Tulsa, Kansas City, Des Moines, Northwest Arkansas, Minneapolis St. Paul, and Milwaukee.
I’m not done yet! They will also fly to Chicago, Grand Rapids, St. Louis, Toronto, Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Memphis, Washington Dulles, Baltimore, Raleigh-Durham, Columbia, Savannah, Jacksonville, Tampa, Destin-Fort Walton Beach, Pensacola, New Orleans, Houston, McAllen and San Antonio.
How Old Are These Aircraft?
According to Airfleets.net, there are two MD-82 aircraft that were manufactured in 1989 and 1990 meaning they are 29 and 28 years old. This is a pretty respectable age for an aircraft. Of course, they are completely safe as they are well maintained by American.
The remaining 28 MD-83s were built in 1997, 1998 and 1999, meaning they’re 21, 20 and 19 years old which is on the younger side of old really. Many of these were originally built for TWA and include the very last MD-80 ever built.
Whether you love them or hate them, the MD-80 played a huge part in not only the American Airlines story, but the story of many other airlines around the world. Starting life as the DC-9, they were one of the longest lived products from Douglas.
As they are all leaving the fleet, they are the only American aircraft remaining in the old livery. Will you try to catch one before they go out of service or would you rather avoid the affectionately named “Mad Dogs”?
Thanks for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.
Featured image by Matthew Wallman – Jetwash Images via Airliners.net
American Airlines November 2018 Route Map via Edward Russell on Twitter.
TWA by Jon Proctor via Wikimedia Commons.