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AA MD-80 requiem - final 2019 routes and 4 Sep 2019 final flights

AA MD-80 requiem - final 2019 routes and 4 Sep 2019 final flights

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AA McDonnell Douglas MD-80 “Super 80” (1983-2019)

“The McDonnell Douglas MD-80 is a series of twin-engine, short- to medium-range, single-aisle commercial jetliners. It was lengthened and updated from the DC-9. This series can seat from 130 to 172 passengers depending on variant and seating configuration.

American Airlines was the first US major carrier to order the MD-80 when it leased twenty 142-seat aircraft from McDonnell Douglas in October 1982 to replace its Boeing 727-100. It committed to 67 firm orders plus 100 options in March 1984, and in 2002 its fleet peaked at more than 360 aircraft, 30 % of the 1,191 produced.” AA used the “Super 80” name for this aircraft.

The first AA MD-80 was delivered in 1983, the last in 1999. (Wikipedia) The MD-80 was delivered with a standard tapered round fuselage tail cone, but it was found a “screwdriver” design somewhat similar to the Boeing 777 saved fuel. The “screwdriver” tail cone was applied to all AA MD-80s, and were fabricated by AA maintenance personnel at the Tulsa shop.

The last “Super 80s” operated by AA were TWA MD-83s built toward the end of the manufacturing run. “Their cockpits have digital engine instruments and dual flight management system (FMS) displays versus AA’s traditional ‘round dial’ presentation and lone GFMS keypad. The TWA computers’ formats and functionality are different from those of the single units—the Mac versus PC of the MD-80 world.” (Airways Magazine)

The last 23 “Mad Dogs” flew to a desert air park in Roswell, New Mexico, on 4 Sep 2019. One MD-80 remains at DFW Airport, to be used for future de-icing practice, and more will be donated to flight-training schools. (Bloomberg)

N984TW, a MD-83 assembled in 1999 (MSN 53634 / LN 2287), was the last MD-80 built (at the McDonnell Douglas plant at Long Beach / LGB, California, and was the last to be retired, flying AA 80 DFW-ORD before flying its final segment ORD-ROS. This aircraft is said to have “logged more than 61,000 hours in the air on 31,092 flights and is estimated to have carried more than 3.5 million passengers”.

Though wingtip devices and higher bypass ratio engines were proposed to create an “MD-80 Advanced”, there was never sufficient interest from the airlines to proceed with these advances. The 737’s GE CFM-56 engines offer 35% additional fuel savings per seat mile over the MD-80. An expensive to fulfill 2017 Airworthiness Directive governing the fuel pump system drove the nails into the coffin.

According to Airways Magazine,

“... the Chicago, St. Louis, and Los Angeles crew domiciles (closed, and) DFW will be the aircraft’s final hub because of its maintenance capabilities and proximity to Tulsa’s repair and overhaul station... The aircraft’s tenure will conclude in the way it started. Memphis, Houston, Kansas City, New Orleans, and other current MD-80 destinations mostly lay within a 500-mile radius of Dallas.”

The AA MD-80s were retired to ROW / Roswell International Air Center, Roswell, New Mexico (previously Walker Air Force Base / WAFB).

American Airlines MD-80s in their final 140 seat configuration:

16 First class seats, 38-40” pitch, 21” width (rows 3-6, the seats on the port / left side had slightly less seat pitch than the starboard side due to removal of a closet to install an extra seat pair.

35 Main Cabin Extra seats with 34” pitch, 17.4 - 17.8” width in 2 x 3 configuration in rows 7-11 and exit rows.

89 Main Cabin seats with 31” pitch, 17.4 - 17.8” width in 2 x 3 configuration.

The A-B overhead bins were small, and couldn’t accommodate rollaboards wheels first; these had to be stowed in the D-E-F side bins. MD-80 we’re equipped with full service galleys, WiFi, center overhead screens for IFE, cigar lighter type jacks providing 15 VDC. Onboard WiFi IFE streaming to passengers’ personal entertainment devices was added.

Many consider the MD-80 seats some of the most comfortable, as they were better padded than the newer generation of lightweight seats. The cabin was relatively quiet, with the air noise completely masking any engine noise in First. On the other hand, the offset rows 31 and 32 were very close to the aft-mounted engines and engine noise was very loud.

McDonnell Douglas MD-83 (DC-9-83)

The MD-83 is a longer-range version of the basic MD-81/82 with higher weights, more powerful engines, and increased fuel capacity.

Powerplant: Compared to earlier models, the MD-83 is equipped with slightly more powerful 21,000 lbf (93 kN)-thrust Pratt and Whitney JT8D-219s as standard.

Performance: The MD-83 features increased fuel capacity as standard (to 6,970 US gal (26,400 L)), which is carried in two 565 US gal (2,140 L) auxiliary tanks located fore and aft of the center section. The aircraft also has higher operating weights, with MTOW increased to 160,000 lb (73,000 kg) and MLW to 139,500 lb (63,300 kg).

Typical range for the MD-83 with 155 passengers is around 2,504 nautical miles (4,637 km). To cope with the higher operating weights, the MD-83 incorporates strengthened landing gear including new wheels, tires, and brakes, changes to the wing skins, front spar web and elevator spar cap, and strengthened floor beams and panels to carry the auxiliary fuel tanks.” - (Wikipedia)

The scheduled final operations for these aircraft is shown in posts #1, #76, #166.

FlyerTalk threads:

MD-80 / Super 80 best seats (master thread)

The slow end of an era....the retirement of the AA MD-80

20 Mad Dogs / MD-80 (retiring) to ROW today (23 Aug 2016)

MD-80 “Super 80” aka “Mad Dog” memories, “longest goodbye”

Age of AAs MD-80 fleet?

External resources:

Link to MD-80 article in Airways Magazine, Nov 2015 issue

Link to (unofficial) AA Fleet Site retired MD-80 page

Link to Wikipedia MD-80 page


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Old Jan 30, 19, 10:37 am
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Originally Posted by chicagoflyer1976 View Post
I really want to be on the last flight - when do you think we'll know what it is?

I wouldn't even mind sitting in 20D. That was my seat for many years before I was EXP.
It could be a mass retirement in late August or right after Labor Day. IIRC AA retired 20 in one day a couple of years back. I think those destinations over 100 flights for August would be a good bet although the last flight might not be until post Labor Day.
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Old Jan 30, 19, 10:46 am
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Currently there are 33 McDonnell Douglas MD-82s and mostly MD-83s flying. They all have DC power, ATG by GoGo WiFi and IFE served to your own device from an onboard WiFi server.

Link to the (unofficial) AA fleet site MD-80 page.
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Old Jan 30, 19, 10:49 am
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Originally Posted by JDiver View Post
Currently there are 33 McDonnell Douglas MD-82s and mostly MD-83s flying. They all have DC power, ATG by GoGo WiFi and IFE served to your own device from an onboard WiFi server.

Link to the (unofficial) AA fleet site MD-80 page.
That list is a bit outdated, currently there are 29 MD80's active with N501AA being the only MD82 and the rest being MD83's.
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Old Jan 30, 19, 10:51 am
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Originally Posted by chicagoflyer1976 View Post
I really want to be on the last flight - when do you think we'll know what it is?

I wouldn't even mind sitting in 20D. That was my seat for many years before I was EXP.
Once we know, we’ll establish a separate thread for the final MD-80 flight discussion and passengers. If life permits (I’m an Alzheimer’s disease caregiver to my wife), I’d love to be on it. So many rides, many memories. The last truly comfortable AA narrowbody F seat... with the “M i Q kay ee wye” seats populating the 737 and A321 family.
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Old Jan 30, 19, 6:28 pm
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Originally Posted by DCP2016 View Post
That list is a bit outdated, currently there are 29 MD80's active with N501AA being the only MD82 and the rest being MD83's.
N501AA was the one sitting at the gate for my flight monday to YYZ that would have made it even slightly cooler with it being slightly shorter. but 83/88's are basically the same just Delta's vs AA's and some newer items for Delta's order. so will probably try and find a well priced trip this summer but wonder how i would position my self for many of these flights out of Toronto since i would not want to fly AA out of YYZ on there 737 Max they now seem to have scheduled in 14 days from now.

looks like DSM may be a good option its 320 ish Cad RT for a 4 day trip over a weekend in may on Delta and it would be YYZ-ATL-DSM all in a MD-88 its about $100 more then the DFW to DSM flights but i would save the positioning flight not sure what there is to do for a long weekend in iowa...

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Old Jan 30, 19, 10:18 pm
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Originally Posted by Aselwyn View Post
N501AA was the one sitting at the gate for my flight monday to YYZ that would have made it even slightly cooler with it being slightly shorter. but 83/88's are basically the same just Delta's vs AA's and some newer items for Delta's order. so will probably try and find a well priced trip this summer but wonder how i would position my self for many of these flights out of Toronto since i would not want to fly AA out of YYZ on there 737 Max they now seem to have scheduled in 14 days from now.

looks like DSM may be a good option its 320 ish Cad RT for a 4 day trip over a weekend in may on Delta and it would be YYZ-ATL-DSM all in a MD-88 its about $100 more then the DFW to DSM flights but i would save the positioning flight not sure what there is to do for a long weekend in iowa...
Come on up to OKC. Most people are pleasantly surprised when they visit. I guess people don't expect much because it's Oklahoma, IDK. And if you're into basketball, our Thunder seem to be getting it together...
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Old Jan 31, 19, 1:11 pm
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I'm really surprised all the MD80s are gone from the DFW-ORD route, as that's the only aircraft that was ever used (minus the one widebody for the noon flight). I guess it's just easier if AA only has them at one hub?
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Old Jan 31, 19, 4:20 pm
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DFWBNA and DFWOMA are still served by the Mad Dog.
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Old Jan 31, 19, 4:25 pm
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Originally Posted by dantheflyingman View Post
The number of routes that AA flies with the MD-80 is very slim at this point (they are all slated to retire this year).

If you like the airplane that much, I'd suggest flying Delta as they are soon to be the only of the major airlines to operate the type.
It's not the same. (a) Delta flies the MD-88 and the 717; AA flies the OG S80. (b) The interior of the AA S80 hasn't changed at all (or has changed very little) since TWA and AA got them. I think flying on them is a throwback to what it must have felt like to fly in the 90s before 9/11 did a number on the industry. (c) Surprisingly, the S80 has the best lav in the entire domestic fleet. It's MASSIVE compared to what you get on an AA 738.
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Old Jan 31, 19, 4:27 pm
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Originally Posted by no1cub17 View Post
Come on up to OKC. Most people are pleasantly surprised when they visit. I guess people don't expect much because it's Oklahoma, IDK. And if you're into basketball, our Thunder seem to be getting it together...
I surprisingly enjoyed Oklahoma City. I drove up there one day on a whim. (You can see signs for OKC from Denton, so I figured "How long could it possibly take to drive up there?" Yeah...it's not close at all, lol.) I would like to spend a weekend there proper at some point.
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Old Jan 31, 19, 4:32 pm
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Why is AA allocating the rest of their MD-80s for DFWMFE? Wouldn't it make more sense for them to farm that off to Envoy?
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Old Jan 31, 19, 4:42 pm
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Originally Posted by Aselwyn View Post
N501AA was the one sitting at the gate for my flight monday to YYZ that would have made it even slightly cooler with it being slightly shorter. but 83/88's are basically the same just Delta's vs AA's and some newer items for Delta's order. so will probably try and find a well priced trip this summer but wonder how i would position my self for many of these flights out of Toronto since i would not want to fly AA out of YYZ on there 737 Max they now seem to have scheduled in 14 days from now.
If you're happy with Delta MD-88s as a substitute there's no hurry: DL still has 80+ of them and some will be flying all thru 2019 and into 2020 - but not beyond.

I have many, many miles in the 3-side, aisle, 2nd wing exit on AA MD-80s from when I was too cheap to buy stickers.
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Old Jan 31, 19, 5:16 pm
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Does anybody know which the specific route is that? Where I can be on last MD80 aircraft?
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Old Jan 31, 19, 11:34 pm
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Does anybody know which the specific route is that? Where I can be on last MD80 aircraft?
Not yet.
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Old Feb 1, 19, 4:38 am
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Originally Posted by carlosnunez.dfw View Post
It's not the same. (a) Delta flies the MD-88 and the 717; AA flies the OG S80. (b) The interior of the AA S80 hasn't changed at all (or has changed very little) since TWA and AA got them. I think flying on them is a throwback to what it must have felt like to fly in the 90s before 9/11 did a number on the industry. (c) Surprisingly, the S80 has the best lav in the entire domestic fleet. It's MASSIVE compared to what you get on an AA 738.
ya its true it would be nice to get a AA MD-80 but just looking at the slim pickings of routes, my already failed attempted, the cost for what is just a fun flight, and the fact my base looses them in 10 days changing to a 737 max that i definitely don't want to fly makes it almost impossible for me to get on the original AA MD-80's. there is a charter company in Bulgaria that seems to also fly the MD-82 and has 10 of them so may find a flight in Europe there helping fly. or i guess theirs Laser in Venezuela...
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