Delta bade farewell to the Mad Dogs in their fleet with the final flights of the MD-88 and MD-90 jets as they made their way to Atlanta Tuesday June 2, 2020. 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 are being replaced with the new more efficient Airbus A220s, joined several others already parked in Blytheville, Arkansas where they will be parted out or sold.
The first US made A220-300 with Delta livery made its first flight on Tuesday. As of April 30, Delta has taken delivery of 31 A220-100s.