Hey IFC! This is my official tribute post to the McDonnell Douglas MD-88 and MD-90 Variants. Enjoy!
Short history of the series
The McDonnell Douglas MD-80 series was a single isle airliner developed by the MD company in 1979. It was originally planned to be a predecessor of the famous DC-9 Series. The first flight was on October 18th, 1979 and it was introduced with Swiss Air on October 10th, 1980.
A Successful Variant
The MD-80 series was very popular among airlines. This is because it was cheap and a “modern” jet at the time. It’s slim fuselage and easy configuration made it easy to store and maintain. It became one of the most iconic jets of its time, and an astonishing 1,191 were built.
Major customers have included Aerolíneas Argentinas, Aeroméxico, Aeropostal Aerorepublica, Alaska Airlines, Alitalia, Allegiant Air, American Airlines, Aserca, Austral Líneas Aéreas, Austrian Airlines, Avianca, China Eastern Airlines, China Northern Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Finnair, Iberia, Insel Air, Japan Air System (JAS), Korean Air, Lion Air, Martinair Holland, Pacific Southwest Airlines (PSA), Reno Air, Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS), Spanair, Spirit Airlines, Swissair, Trans World Airlines and Meridiana
With its mass popularity and the wide range of airlines that operated this, the iconic aircraft could almost be seen everywhere.
An Abrupt Ending
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, most airlines that continued to operate it through 2020 have or are planning to retire the series. Even though this is a loss for the aviation community, there is always good in fleeting an aircraft. For example, retiring old airplanes make room for the new ones.
Here are the photos from the last time I saw the MD-88 operating. These photos were taken June of 2019.
N968DL on final approach
The iconic aircraft deploying reverse thrusters
Hiding behind the fence
N968DL turning off the runway
Taxing back to the gate
N968DL’s last flight was on April 13th, 2020 with a flight from Atlanta to Blytheville.
Thanks for viewing!
Disclaimer: most of this article was paraphrased by me from here. All of the photos above are my own.