The MD-88, registration N900DE, was one of seven inbound MD-88 flights operating to Atlanta on Tuesday morning. DL88 was the last of those to depart. “It’s a sad moment,” Delta captain Jim Hamilton, who piloted DL88, told TPG prior to the departure. “The aircraft never let me down in 27 years.” Get Coronavirus travel updates.How many MD-88s has Delta flown?
Delta has flown as many as 120 MD-88s and 65 MD-90s since 1987, according to the Delta Flight Museum. The former was an upgraded version of the standard MD-80 while the latter was a stretched variant designed to compete with the Boeing 737-800 in the mid-1990s.Is the MD-80 the same as the DC-9?
The MD-80 family, and DC-9s before it, have graced U.S. skies since 1965 and formed the backbone of many airlines’ domestic fleets at one time or another. The exception being the Boeing 717, which began life as the MD-95 but was rebranded after Boeing and McDonnell Douglas merged in 1997.