In a nod to the T-tail jet’s name, Delta Flight 88, a McDonnell Douglas MD-88, will depart on its last scheduled revenue flight on the morning of Tuesday, 2 June 2020, from Washington-Dulles International Airport to the airline’s hub in Atlanta (ATL). Earlier that same morning, Delta Flight 90, operated by an MD-90 aircraft, will fly from Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston to ATL.
Once on the ground in Atlanta, the two planes will join several other MD-88s and MD-90s as they fly to Blytheville, Arkansas, where they will be stored and officially retired from the fleet.
Last month Delta had announced its plans↗︎ to retire the MD-88 and MD-90 fleet earlier than previously planned due to the low travel demand caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a reaction to the public health crisis, Delta has parked up many of its aircraft. On top, the airline is considering early retirements of older, less efficient airplanes. Delta says it is continuing to evaluate its broader fleet plan and will consider additional aircraft retirements to focus on a more modern and simpler fleet.