Airlines who still fly the MD-80 series

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Asia, Bulgaria, Denmark, Eastern Europe, Iran, Italy, Middle East, North America, South America, Taiwan, USA, Venezuela, Western Europe | Posted on 09-11-2013

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MD80 FATAnother aircraft I noticed that is starting to slip from the radar (SAS retired their last example last month after a long association with the type) is the McDonnell Douglas MD-80 series. This stretched variant of the ubiquitous DC-9 was very popular with mainline and charter airlines from its first appearance in the 1980s.

Today only a handful of airlines are still flying the aircraft (which makes it a candidate for a future update of Last Chance to Fly!). Luckily some of these carriers are easily accessible and have the type in larger number.

I’m only looking at the older MD-80/81/82/83/87 variants here. MD-88s and -90s are a bit more common for the time being.

The main airlines still flying the aircraft are:

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The airline’s MD-80 fleet was once one of the largest in the world, and is still found in decent numbers on its domestic network. However the type is steadily being replaced by modern Boeing and Airbus aircraft, so catch one while you can!

Allegiant Air
Another of the largest operators of the type, Allegiant Air flies MD-82, -83 and -87 aircraft on leisure and low cost schedules and charters across America.

Aeropostal
The Venezuelan carrier has a number of MD-82 and -83 aircraft which it flies from its Caracas base.

Iran Air Tours
This airline flies ten MD-82s from Tehran on scheduled services. It used the aircraft to replace its older Tupolev TU-154s.

Danish Air Transport
A scheduled and charter airline flying a couple of MD-80 series aircraft from Denmark.

Meridiana MD-80Meridiana
Italy’s second-largest airline, based in Olbia, Sardinia, flies ten MD-82s, which are likely to be replaced in the near future with more modern aircraft.

Bulgarian Air Charter
This airline operates charter flights across Europe with a fleet of 13 MD-82/83 aircraft.

Far Eastern Air Transport
This troubled Taiwanese carrier recently returned to the skies and is now equipped with a fleet of eight MD-82/83 aircraft. It flies them from Taipei to destinations across the Far East.

Which airlines have you flown an MD-80 series aircraft of? When was the last time you flew one?

SAS buys A350s and more A330s

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Western Europe | Posted on 25-06-2013

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A350-900 SAS (c) AirbusSAS Scandinavian Airlines has placed an order for Airbus A350XWB and A330 aircraft.

The order comprises eight A350-900s, and four A330-300s.

Currently, SAS operates a fleet of 19 A320 Family aircraft, four A330s and seven A340s. The new wide-body aircraft will fit seamlessly into the airline’s fleet and deliver operational efficiencies and cost savings due to the commonality across the fleet, a feature unique to Airbus.

Qatar Airways 787s coming to Scandinavia

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Denmark, Middle East, Norway, Qatar, Spotting News, Sweden, Western Europe | Posted on 13-06-2013

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Qatar 787Qatar Airways has announced that it will introduce its Boeing 787s on services from Doha to Copenhagen, Oslo, and Stockholm Arlanda.

The flights commence on 1st August to Stockholm, and 1st September to both Copenhagen and Oslo.

Flights will operate daily.

Keep an eye on our 787 Routes Page for destinations you can see the Dreamliner.

SAS to retire last MD-82 in October

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Denmark, Norway, Spotting News, Sweden, Western Europe | Posted on 06-06-2013

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SAS MD82SAS Scandinavian Airlines has announced that it will retire its last McDonnell Douglas MD-82 aircraft in October.

It will reduce its remaining fleet of nine aircraft between now and 26 October, when the final flight will take place between Stockholm Arlanda and Copenhagen Kastrup.

Prior to this final flight, a special tour of the three Scandinavian capitals will depart from Copenhagen, and include flying over the Arctic Circle in Norway and a fly by of Bodø Airport. A farewell ceremony will also be held at Copenhagen.

TUI orders 60 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, UK, Western Europe | Posted on 02-06-2013

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Thomson 737TUI Travel, which operates leisure airlines in the UK, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Scandinavia, and France, has announced a commitment to purchase 60 Boeing 737 MAX 8 and 9 aircraft.

This order will allow the company to expand and upgrade the fleets of its various airlines, and will primarily be used for flights to Europe and Africa.

“Boeing and TUI Travel airlines have a relationship which goes back almost 50 years” said Todd Nelp, vice president of European Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “TUI Travel’s airlines currently operate more than 135 Boeing airplanes and the commitment for 60 737 MAXs marks the next chapter in their continued fleet expansion, ensuring unrivalled efficiencies and superior passenger comfort. All of us at Boeing could not be more proud to see our relationship extended for years to come.”

Aviation in Denmark

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airport Spotting Guide, Denmark, Western Europe | Posted on 26-04-2013

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Copenhagen AirportI’d like to take a look at the country of Denmark and what aviation opportunities exist for aviation enthusiasts.

Airports

The main airport gateway to Denmark is Copenhagen Kastrup Airport, situated close to the city and only a short distance across the water from Malmo in Sweden.

Copenhagen is one of the main bases for SAS, and is also a hub for Cimber Air and Norwegian.no. Other principal airlines operating there include easyJet, Widerøe, JetTime, Thomas Cook Scandinavia and TUIfly Nordic.

Interesting and unusual airlines operating to Copenhagen are Air Greenland, Emirates, Qatar Airways, and Atlantic Airways with the Airbus A319 link to the Faroe Islands.

By far the most popular spotting location at Copenhagen is the Flyvergrillen cafe, located alongside Runway 22R/04L. It has a dirt mound alongside which offers views over the movements on the runways and taxiways. It is acceptable for photography on afternoons. To reach the spot, walk out of Terminal 1 and turn left at the catering buildings. You can also drive this route. It takes 30 minutes to walk.

Other airports in Denmark include:

  • Aalborg, with flights by Norwegian, KLM and SAS
  • Aarhus Tirstrup, with flights by British Airways/Sun Air, EuroLOT, Ryanair, and SAS
  • Billund, which is the country’s second busiest, with flights by Air France, British Airways/Sun Air, Norwegian, Ryanair, and Turkish Airlines
  • Esbjerg, with flights by bmi Regional
  • Karup, with flights by Norwegian
  • Odense, with flights by Malmo Aviation

SAS 737

Aviation Attractions
Danish Technical Museum
Located at Helsingor, to the north of Copenhagen, this museum has a decent collection of around 30 aircraft. These include a SAS Sud Aviation Caravelle, DC-3, DC-7 cockpit, and a de Havilland Dragon Rapide, amongst a number of military aircraft.

Danish Collection of Vintage Aircraft
A museum of over 60 historic aircraft at Stauning Airport on the west coast of Denmark. Open daily.


Slagelse
Former British Airways and European Aviation BAC 1-11 G-AVMN is preserved outside a technical museum around 55 miles west of Copenhagen.

 

SAS retiring the MD-87 in September

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Denmark, Italy, Miscellaneous Spotting, Spotting News, Western Europe | Posted on 29-07-2012

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SAS MD-87SAS Scandinavian Airlines System are to retire their last McDonnell Douglas MD-87 aircraft in September.

The airline currently only has one example still flying - OY-KHU (MSN 53336). However, historically the airline operated a large number of the type from all of its hubs to destinations around Europe. Some were also leased to Spanair for a time.

The final flight is scheduled to be SK2692 from Venice Marco Polo Tessera (VCE) to Copenhagen Kastrup (CPH) in the evening of September 1.