The McDonnell Douglas MD-90 is an updated derivative of the popular MD-80 aircraft, powered by more efficient IAE V2500 engines. Two versions were produced, one which could fly 3,787km and an extended range model going as far as 4,547km.

First flight took place on 22 February 1993, with the jet entering service with Delta Air Lines on 2 April 1995. Manufactured in Long Beach, California, the MD-90 typically seats 153 to 172 passengers.

McDonnell Douglas MD-90 Video

Following on from the last video about the Soviet Yakovlev Yak-40, this week we return stateside for a look at the McDonnell Douglas MD-90. This promotional video, running for about 8 minutes, hails from 1994 and was put together by the manufacturer.

There are some interesting scenes in the beginning in the cabin. Flight attendants can control zones, there appears to be an automatic curtain to close off first class, and passengers can apparently stow the overhead video screens themselves.

Apart from this, most of the video is footage of the MD-90 flying around, taking off or landing. It’s really nice footage, but I do wonder how much use this is from a marketing perspective. The soundtrack is particularly cheesy too.

Just 116 aircraft were produced from 1993 until production ended in 2000. Despite the efficiency gained by the new high bypass turbofan engines, it just didn’t catch on with customers.

Overall Thoughts

You can still fly on the McDonnell Douglas MD-90 today, with launch customer Delta Air Lines. They are the launch customer and the last airline using these aircraft. Retirement is expected to occur by 2022 so you had better get on one sooner rather than later if you want to try it.

Have you flown on board the MD-90 before? What is it like on board? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.

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Featured image by Cory W. Watts, Madison, Wisconsin via Wikimedia Commons.