As many of you know already, American Airlines retired the last of its MD-80 fleet today, on September 4th, 2019, in the morning.
I got the chance to experience the aircraft one last time for its final revenue service between Dallas/Fort Worth and Amarillo.
I’ve made a compilation video of the overall flight featuring takeoff/landing and special announcements.
Additionally, I was able to get some pretty solid shots of the aircraft.
Amarillo Airport Staff Waving Upon Arrival
Key Points of The Flight:
- Shortly after boarding, the captain comes on to announce it’ll be his last flight on the MD-80 and the aircraft will be sent to Roswell the next day.
- The takeoff was interesting… I don’t think I’ve experienced a takeoff so steep before, even on past MD-80 flights.
- Short 45 minute flight into Amarillo, descended quickly.
- The landing was timed perfectly so we arrived to see that amazing sunset.
- Upon landing, we were greeted by a few of AMA’s airport staff when we exited the taxiway. I wasn’t really expecting anything special (water canon) from the airport… Surprisingly, they don’t even have a Twitter account.
- Upon disembarking, we walked through Amarillo’s glass jetbridges (really cool, I believe ICT and SGF have these in the U.S.) and saw a professional photographer on the ramp.
Stay tuned for part two… Amarillo to Dallas/Fort Worth on N9628W’s final revenue flight.
Here are the uncut full takeoff/landing videos if you’re interested.