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„Super 80 Send Off“: #AmericanAirlines retired 20 #MD80´s in one day

American Airlines retired 20 of their remaining MD-80s on August 23rd, 2016, reducing the official size of their MD-80-fleet to 61 aircraft. The company gradually retired a large number of MD-80, but the retirement of 20 aircraft within one day is seen as a remarkable move.

The fleet will be reduced to 53 aircraft at the end of the third quarter of 2016 and it is believed that a small number will remain until the summer of 2018.

Allegiant Air orders twelve new A320s

Allegiant Air has placed an order for twelve new Airbus A320s. This marks the first order for new aircraft in the history of this company. Deliveries of these A320s will take place between 2017 and 2018.

Allegiant plans to replace their MD-80-fleet by 2019 with a mix of Airbus A319/320s. The small Boeing 757-fleet will also be retired.

Hawaiian Airlines expands B717-fleet by two additional aircraft

Hawaiian Airlines stated on July 21st 2016, that an agreement was reached for two additional Boeing 717-aircraft. Both aircraft will be delivered in early 2017 and the aircraft will allow Hawaiian Airlines „to add capacity during peak travel periods“.

Both aircraft will be leased for six years and both frames are currently in service with Volotea Airlines.

Up to 125 CSeries-jetliners for Delta as MD-88-replacement

Several sources claim that Delta is finalizing a huge order for up to 125 Bombardier CSeries-aircraft. It is very likely that the new aeroplanes will replace the MD-88-fleet. Delta continues to operate 115 venerable 149-seat MD-88s.

#Delta reportedly close to announce an order for narrowbodies

Delta Air Lines is reportedly looking to place an order „for dozens“ of new narrowbody aircraft. Potential candidates are Boeing 737s in addition for their currently operated 737s or the Bombardier C-Series. It appears that this new order will enable Delta to start the retirement of their MD-88-fleet.

#Delta #MD88 skids off runway at New York La Guardia

A Delta Air Lines McDonnell Douglas MD-88 (N909DL) skidded off a runway during landing at new York La Guardia. All 125 passengers and 5 crew were able to exit the aircraft via emergency exits. Additional information are provided here:

http://avherald.com/h?article=482b659f&opt=0

http://www.jacdec.de/2015/03/05/2015-03-05-delta-mcdd-md-88-hit-dike-on-landing-at-new-york-la-guardia-airport/

Eine Delta Air Lines McDonnell Douglas MD-88 (N909DL) ist bei einer Landung in New York La Guardia von der Landebahn gerutscht. Alle 125 Passagiere und fünf Crew konnten evakuiert werden.

#AmericanAirlines aims to retire remaining #MD80´s by 2018

According to official information, American Airlines aims to retire their last MD-80s by 2018. The following downsizing of the fleet calls for the following size at the end of each remaining year:

At the end of 2014, American Airlines operated 139 MD-80s and this number will decrease to 96 at the end of 2015. 60 MD-80s will be operational at the end of 2016 and 34 aircraft at the end of 2017. It is likely that the remaining 34 MD-80s will be retired during 2018.

Offiziellen Informationen nach, plant American Airlines die Ausmusterung ihrer verbliebenen MD-80-Flotte bis 2018. Die folgenden Angaben geben die geplante Reduzierung zum Ende der verbleibenden Einsatzjahre an: Ende 2014 setzte American Airlines 139 MD-80 ein und diese Anzahl wird Ende 2015 auf 96 Einheiten sinken. 60 MD-80 werden Ende 2016 noch aufgelistet und 34 Flugzeuge Ende 2017. Es ist wahrscheinlich, dass im Laufe des Jahres 2018 die letzte MD-80 ausgemustert wird.

#HawaiianAirlines adds up to ten seats into their #B717s

There are reports that Hawaiian Airlines plans to install new (thinner) seats into their Boeing 717s with the aim to put up to ten additional seats into each aircraft for a new capacity of 128 seats. The current configuration is for 118/123 passengers.

Here  is an article:

http://www.staradvertiser.com/news/breaking/20141203_Hawaiian_joins_other_airlines_in_adding_seats.html?id=284634971

Last #MD80 Of #SAS Leaves European Soil

As mentioned in the MD-80-Forum, on facebook and Twitter before, the last MD-82 of SAS (SE-DIR) left European soil for her last journey to the USA. This ends an important chapter in Scandinavian aviation due to the long association of the DC-9/MD-80/-90 with SAS Scandinavian Airlines.

Hawaiian Airlines checks ten #B717s after reports of corrosion

Inspectors of the FAA discovered corrosion on two Boeing 717-aircraft of Hawaiian Air. As a precautionary measure, Hawaiian Air decided to check eight additional 717 for potential corrosion on panels under the wings.  It´s important to know that the FAA asked Hawaiian Air to take a closer look at the problems of two aircraft and the voluntary measure by Hawaiian Airlines to check eight other aircraft.

Approx. 40 flights were delayed or cancelled as a result of the inspections. Some B717-flights were substituted with far bigger Boeing 767s to cope with a higher demand of passengers due to the inspection showed that the other aircraft were not affected by corrosion-problems.

Hawaiian Airlines´s inter-island services are mainly operated by 18 Boeing 717s.