The retirement of the American Airlines MD80 has been written about extensively and covered across all sorts of media. I am didn’t find the event nearly as momentous and many did, but there were plenty of celebrations as the plane made its last commercial flight – AA80 – from Chicago O’Hare to Dallas Fort-Worth and then media took a trip on an MD80 to park the aircraft in the desert.
While I’ve read reports that American sent the last of its MD80s to Roswell, New Mexico in fact there’s still an MD80 sitting in Dallas and it’s going to stay there.
The aircraft will be used for de-icing training. So while passengers will no longer benefit from 2-3 seating (only one middle seat per row) and up to 40 inches from seat back to seat back in first class, American Airlines employees will still play with the aircraft.
Ironically one of the things American is having issues with its mechanics union over is that they want to outsource de-icing at some of the stations where it’s still done in-house.