American may not have had a 747 to retire like Delta and United, but the airline put together one heck of a tribute to its MD-80s on their last day in revenue service. Though I was invited, I wasn’t able to make the trip, so I had to live vicariously through others. The #Super80Sendoff hashtag on Twitter was full of great coverage, but I’ve decided to devote this week’s links to some of the more interesting stories I saw.
This week’s featured link:
American Air Says Goodbye to MD-80 Jet After 36 Years – Bloomberg
Much of the coverage was full of nostalgia, but Mary Schlangenstein took a more balanced look at the airplane. Of course the MD-80 had its issues, and there’s no reason to gloss over them.
Two for the road:
Images and a special video: A Nostalgic Goodbye to the American Airlines MD-80 – Andy’s Travel Blog
Remember how I said much of the coverage was focused on nostalgia? I didn’t say that’s a bad thing. Andy put together a heartfelt post with a tribute video about the airplane. He also posted some excellent photos, many of which were taken back in February when we were both up all night with American. This one is for the geeks.
American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Press Kit – AA Newsroom
I know it says it’s a press kit, but American put together one heck of a treasure trove. Sure there are press releases, but there is also video from the events. You’ll also see a bunch of historical photos and marketing materials. You can get lost on this page for an hour.