Delta Retires Last McDonnell Douglas Aircraft Written 3 June 2020


Delta McDonnell Douglas MD-90 | Eddie Maloney; Wikipedia;  CC BY-SA 2.0

CNBC reports that on Tuesday, Delta Air Lines planned to make the last flight of its McDonnell Douglas aircraft. Delta “expected to retire the twin-engine MD-88s at the end of this year and the MD-90s by the end of 2022, but a sharp drop in travel demand has prompted it to idle more than 600 planes and retire some of its older jets early.” Delta “is the last U.S. airline to operate the planes after American Airlines retired its MD-80 fleet in September. The retirement also ends the chapter of the McDonnell Douglas name, the company that The Boeing Company acquired in 1997.” Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Delta “is forgoing the usual fanfare of an aircraft retirement, but a spokesman said dozens aviation enthusiasts bought tickets for the final flights.” 
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