Delta's MD-88 and MD-90 Completed Farewell Flight

Today marks the official retirement of Delta Air Lines MD-88s and MD-90s aircraft from their fleet. Both aircraft types completed their final flight today.


Delta's MD-88 and MD-90 Completed Farewell Flight
Delta's MD-88 and MD-90 Completed Farewell Flight Photo: Flickr

Delta's MD-88 and MD-90 flew their final scheduled flights before heading to Blytheville, Ark, for their well-deserved retirement. Both aircraft types operated across much of Delta's domestic route.


Delta's MD-88 and MD-90 operated their final flight with unique flight number for the occasion:


  • DL 88 operated by N900DE, departed from Washington (IAD) at 8:41 am and landed in Atlanta at 9:56 am. This very MD-88 was delivered to Delta Air Lines back in March 1992 and is currently 28-year-old.

  • DL 90 operated by N925DN, departed Houstan (IAH) at 6:05 am and landed in Atlanta at 8:39 am. This aircraft was delivered to Delta Air Lines in July 2010, after China Eastern Airlines took its delivery back in 1998. The aircraft is 21 years old, slightly younger than the MD-88. 

Delta's MD-88 and MD-90 Completed Farewell Flight
Delta is the last U.S. MD operator Photo: Delta Air Lines



Delta Air Lines is the last U.S. passenger airline to operate these aircraft, which will be badly missed and also will never be forgotten. Both have been workhorses for the airline for several decades.

During their operating lifespan, these aircraft carried more than 750 million passengers across Delta's flight network. They have been steady workhorses for the domestic network.

Delta's MD-88 and MD-90 Completed Farewell Flight
Delta's MD fleet have flown over 750 million customers Photo: Delta Air Lines



Regarding Delta's MD fleet and their importance, Delta's spokesperson said:

"Even now, the MD-88 and MD-90 retirement marks a special moment in time for Delta, as the airline looks to evolve into a stronger, better, more nimble company amid the COVID-19 pandemic."

Delta's MD-88 and MD-90 Completed Farewell Flight
Delta used to operate majority of domestic routes in MD fleet Photo: Delta Air Lines



These final flights are two more milestones in a historic year for aircraft retirements, as the three major U.S. carriers trim fleets in response to the corona virus pandemic. 



Delta has a long history with McDonnell Douglas over decades. Delta took delivery of its first "Mad Dog" in 1988. Over a lifespan of 33 years, Delta operated a total of 120 MD-88s.

Delta was the launch customer for the 158-seat MD-90 aircraft. It took delivery of its first MD-90 in 1995. Delta operated a total of 65 MD-90s aircraft during their lifespan.

Delta's MD-88 and MD-90 Completed Farewell Flight
Delta has operated a total of 185 Mad Dogs. Photo: Getty


Over three decades, Delta's MD aircraft have operated over 600 different routes in America.

Have you ever flown the Delta MD-88 or MD-90? Feel free to share your experience in the comments below:


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