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Rytis Beresnevicius

Last bark: Delta retires MD-88s and MD-90s “Mad Dogs”

June 2, 2020, will mark the date that the last Mad Dogs barked in Delta Air Lines' fleet, as the airline is set to retire both the MD-88 and the MD-90. The DC-9 derivatives served in the airline's fleet for more than 25 years. But Delta's story with McDonnell Douglas' aircraft is not over yet....


Zivile Zalagenaite

Delta to accelerate MD-88, MD-90 and Boeing 767 retirements

Facing a significant travel demand drop and other COVID-19 pandemic-caused challenges, Delta Airlines CEO Ed Bastian said the airline would accelerate retirements of its remaining McDonnell Douglas MD-88 and MD-90 fleets, as well as some older Boeing 767s. ...


Clement Charpentreau

Caspian Airlines MD-83 skids off runway, ends up across highway

A Caspian Airlines McDonnell Douglas MD-83 suffered a runway excursion at Bandar Mahshahr Airport (MRX), in Iran. The aircraft, with 135 passengers on board, ended its course in the middle of a highway....


Rytis Beresnevicius

Why is the “Mad Dog” MD-80 still barking?

American Airlines have retired their MD-80, but Delta Air Lines still operates them. Why did the Mad Dog bark on for over 30 years, flying through the skies since the 1980s?...


AeroTime Team

American Airlines waves goodbye to its 80s workhorse

American Airlines is retiring its last remaining McDonnell Douglas MD-80 in its fleet. The carrier, which once operated around the third of world’s Super 80 fleet, is now set for the final commercial flight of the aircraft, often called ‘Mad Dog’ or ‘Silver Bullet’, on September 4, 2019.  ...


Ruta Burbaite

Delta plane’s engine seen falling apart mid-flight [Video]

A Delta Air Lines flight was forced to make an emergency landing on June 8, 2019, due to engine failure mid-flight. The incident may not have made the news if not for the terrifying video footage taken by passengers on board the aircraft, showing one of the MD-88’s engines falling apart while the plane was in the air....


Ruta Burbaite

American Airlines to bid farewell to its MD-80 fleet

U.S. top carrier, American Airlines, is bidding farewell to its last 26 McDonnell Douglas MD-80s. The company announced on June 24, 2019, it will retire the aircraft by September 4, 2019, and has published a schedule of the final MD-80 revenue flights....


Clement Charpentreau

Allegiant Air caught in chaotic fleet transition

While progressively retiring its aging fleet of McDonnell Douglas MD-80, Allegiant Air is affected by delays in delivery of second-hand Airbus A320s. Nevertheless, the company reported its 62nd consecutive profitable quarter for the second quarter of 2018, with a net income of $50 million....


Safety concerns revealed at Allegiant Air
Clement Charpentreau

Safety concerns revealed at Allegiant Air

Investigations by the United States media revealed what appears to be multiple technical and safety problems inside Allegiant Air....