Delta teams in several cities across the system celebrated the final flights of the MD-88 and MD-90 jets as they made their way to Atlanta Tuesday morning. In particular, Delta flight 88 from Washington-Dulles and Delta flight 90 from Houston Intercontinental carried numerous aviation enthusiasts as they eagerly took part in the last flight of the Mad Dog.
While COVID-19 and the resulting impact on the Delta business meant a more traditional aircraft retirement celebration wasn’t feasible or appropriate, the workhorse narrow-body aircraft still got a worthy send-off.
“Even though they did have to go a little early, I feel like we did them right and sent them off the way they should be,” said Atlanta-based flight attendant Ross D.
The Mad Dogs that retired on Tuesday joined several others already parked in Blytheville, Arkansas and will be parted out or sold.