Delta Airlines had already decommissioned some of its DC-9 aircraft way back in 1993. Today the last DC-9 is to take to the skies for one final journey from Minneapolis to Atlanta.
This is the last trip the DC-9 will be making so it’s bon voyage! The plane was introduced to the world in the mid 60s. It remained in working order till the early 80s. While many airlines did scrap their bevy of McDonnell Douglas’s, Delta Airlines decided to hold on to its fleet for some time longer. It had acquired quite a repertoire of these aircraft from Northwest Airlines and it valued them.
The DC-9 remained a hardy aeronautical machine till the end. In memory of the year when the aircraft was a takeoff candidate for McDonnell Douglas, this flight has been termed 1965. And although it is a farewell to the DC-9 that we are witnessing, in fact they may be used infrequently later on.
However, for those who want a ticket from here to there on the DC-9, the time has passed for such a chance. The aircraft will only get employed for substitution purposes. The MD-80, MD-90 and Boeing 717 all basically take their inspiration from the DC-9.
Now, even Biman Bangladesh Airlines has relieved its DC-9 array from service. The DC-3 is the kissing cousin of the DC-9 in today’s world. And the Canadian, Buffalo Airways employs the DC-3 regularly in its flights.