These days we’re down to just one passenger airline operating the McDonnell Douglas MD-11 on scheduled services, and that’s KLM. World Airways also have some in passenger configuration, but these are only used for charter work, and usually carry troops.
I’ve had the fortune to fly on the type twice as a passenger – once with American Airlines in 1995 from JFK-LHR, and once with KLM in 2007 from SFO-AMS. Like it’s older brother, the DC-10, I found the MD-11 very spacious and comfortable to travel on.
KLM are likely to operate the type for another another few years. They operate 10 of them currently, and have announced the following routes by the MD-11 from their Amsterdam Schiphol base this winter:
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
San Franciso, USA
In addition to passenger operators, a large number of cargo examples are still flying. The largest numbers can be found with:
EVA Air Cargo (Taipei)
FedEx Express (Memphic, Paris CDG, Tokyo)
Lufthansa Cargo (Frankfurt)
UPS (Louisville, Cologne/Bonn)
What are your memories of the type – did you fly it?