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Delta Air Lines says goodbye to its entire McDonnell Douglas fleetDelta Air Lines will soon say goodbye to its entire McDonnell Douglas fleet. Delta's MD-88s have already been planned to leave the fleet in 2020, but the carrier wants to phase out its MD-90s as well sooner than expected. Paul Jacobson, Chief Financial Officer of Delta, said that the airline would provide more information within a few months as to when the MD-90s will be dropped from the service. Delta Air Lines currently operates a fleet of 37 MD-90 that is 22 years old on average. (airlinerwatch.com) More...
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Lease them to American until the 737 mess is fixed. The capacity of the planes is similar to the 737 and more expensive gas is still cheaper than losing all the income from the cancelled flights.
since American just"retired"recently all of its md 80's,they may still be able to put some of them back into service if not sold or parked in the desert or dismantled..they would not need to lease from delta..
Wrong. American still has 80's flying.
there are 28 md-80's still in service systemwide with aa out of 42 earlier..they all were to be retired by the end of 2019..
That is correct... They fly them out of KSTL. I not sure to what extent, but they RON at least 3 a night and keep a spare a/c there as well.
Even if "mothballed" in the desert, it doesn't take a ton of work to get them airworthy again usually. That's probably even more true with the AA fleet because there are probably plenty that haven't been sitting there long.
Not sure but the 88/90s are probably more cost effective to operate but then juggling cost of returning to service the Super 80s vs leaseknv 88/90 from Delta ð¤·♂️