cbphoto wrote:TYSflyer wrote:cbphoto wrote:MD-80 retirement update!!! So it looks like some of you will get your wish. November 28th will have a special commemorative MD-80 Flight LAS-FAT-LAS. November 26th is the final day of scheduled MD-80 service, with a retirement ceramony in SFB on the 27th.
Do you know if this dispels the rumor that a few MD-80s were going to stick around for a few months after November to act as subs for the Airbus fleet until G4 gets a few more aircraft?
The way it was worded actually adds more fuel to the fire, as it specifically stated that the last “scheduled” flight was the 26th of November. They could easily keep a few more around for a few weeks for spares.
Yes, it does add more fuel to the fire. It would be cheap to keep a small pool available as spares, all it costs is paying a pool of pilots to sit around on standby.
Note: I assume F/As are in a jointly certified pool and yes, there will be a maintenance bill too (but not much). IMHO, the Airbus fleet should be flown 100% (or as close as possible on a leisure schedule) with the MD-80s on backup.