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End of an era: American Airlines makes its last scheduled flights with MD-80s

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Dallas, Texas - End of an era in American Airlines. The airline made its final scheduled flights with the McDonnell Douglas' iconic MD-80s.

On September 4, the last MD-80 (Flight AA80) took off from Dallas Fort Worth at 9 a.m. local to carry its passengers to the Chicago O’Hare International for the last time.

After the flight, the plane was ferried to the aircraft boneyard in Roswell like other MD-80s of American that retired on the same day.

The McDonnell Douglas MD-80, which is also known as the ‘Super 80’ or ‘Mad Dog’, became the workhorse of the US carrier on its regional routes throughout the 1980s and beyond.

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The first three MD-80 entered into service with the American in 1983.

The MD-80 was one of the most fuel-efficient planes of its time when it was introduced to the market. The aircraft made its first flight on October 18, 2019.

American Airlines was the first US carrier to include the MD-80 in its fleet. Overtime, 362 Super 80 joined the airline's fleet.

The aircraft has still been operated by another major US carrier Delta Air Lines. The airline operates 64 MD-88 along with 32 MD-90.