For more than 3 decades, the iconic McDonnell Douglas MD-80 has flown millions of passengers. Picture: Instagram/Delta Air Lines.
For more than 3 decades, the iconic McDonnell Douglas MD-80 has flown millions of passengers. Picture: Instagram/Delta Air Lines.

LOOK: Bittersweet farewell for Delta’s 'Mad Dog'

By Travel Reporter Time of article published Jun 9, 2020

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Delta Air Lines bid farewell to the iconic McDonnell Douglas MD-80 last week. But the moment has been bittersweet for many passengers. In a note on the airline’s official Instagram page, flight attendant Haley S revealed the experience to be bittersweet. 

"Today is so bittersweet, it’s the last time I will work and board the MD88/90 before we officially retire our remaining McDonnell Douglas fleet.

⁣“This fleet holds a lot of firsts for myself and many of my colleagues & for that I am forever grateful. My first service flight in training, my first trip I ever flew as working crew to Montego Bay, 7 years ago, and many many more.

“Mad Dog, thank you for being the 'workhorses' for this company. We will miss you dearly. ❤️✈️" she said (sic). 

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"Today is so bittersweet, it’s the last time I will work and board the MD88/90 before we officially retire our remaining McDonnell Douglas fleet. ⁣ This fleet holds a lot of firsts for myself and many of my colleagues & for that I am forever grateful. My first service flight in training, my first trip I ever flew as working crew to Montego Bay, 7 years ago, and many many more. ⁣ Mad Dog, thank you for being the 'workhorses' for this company. We will miss you dearly. ❤️✈️" - Haley S. - Flight Attendant, #ATL Earlier this week we bid farewell to the MD-88 and MD-90, but the contributions of these aircraft to our past and future will last forever. Photos: @diecastryan, @Drew_Fellers_Studios

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According to CNN, the fleet flew 750 million passengers and around 12 million hours in the air in over 33 years. The MD-88 aircraft known as the "Mad Dog" has been at the forefront for decades. 

Instagram followers honoured the fleet with warm messages. User @rizzlybearnyc posted: “I’m gonna miss the sweet smell of combusted jet fuel that seeps into the back rows of the plane.”(sic) User @ltaelor posted: "I’m going to miss those planes", while another @charlie_graham87 posted: "I am going to miss hearing those Mad Dogs flying over on approach to 6 at BHM... that plane has a special history is the long time relationship between Delta and Birmingham." (sic)

User @sbizzzzz posted: "I’ve flown to so many destinations on those model planes. Always smooth and safe travels." User @luccacerminaro suggested that there be a "Mad Dog" museum. "I will always love and miss these planes please make a mad dog museum with these planes. I rode on these planes it’s beautiful," the user posted. 

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