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Who doesn’t love a good old MD-88 or MD-90? In May this year, we saw Delta retiring those very aircraft sooner than planned due to the pandemic. But very few people know the true core aspects of their retirement unless you work for the airline. This pandemic was extremely tough on the airline with them grounding around 600 aircraft.
These aircraft were scheduled to be retired at the end of 2020, but as well it was brought forward, blah blah blah. At the time of their retirement, they operated 47 MD-88s and 29 MD-90s across their domestic network. Known as the Mad Dog or the workhouse of some US airlines this aircraft helped keep the name of McDonnel Douglas alive well after their name fizzled out from existence. Due to their age, many of them will be getting scrapped or be used for parts since there is still some flying about the world. They began storing them in 2017, but it will be implausible that they will return, again.