Alaska Airlines is paying off its final MD-80s or “Mad Dogs” as they are nicknamed by some, and has just announced the final services will be this coming Sunday, 24 August. The carrier, which has flown its Long Beach, Calif. built twinjets for 23 years on routes all around the Pacific rim from Magadan, Russia, to Mazatlan Mexico, will operate the aircraft on two final flights from San Jose and Sacramento, Calif. at the end of the weekend. Flight 331 will depart San Jose at 7:50 p.m. and Flight 363 will depart Sacramento at 8:20 p.m. The final flights represent Alaska’s transition to an all Boeing 737 fleet.
As of 4.15pm PDT on 19 August Alaska was saying seats were still available.
The glory days at Long Beach with MD-80s rolling off the line.
(credit. Geoff Thomas)