Delta’s MD-88 and MD-90 aircraft will never be seen at Providenciales International Airport again as the airline bade farewell to them. Nicknamed the Mad Dogs, Delta made 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 have been in Delta’s fleet for 30 years and prior to the COVID-19 epedimic, were scheduled for retirement at the end of 2020.
The new more efficient Airbus A220s will replace the Mad Dogs. The aircraft used for the final two flights will join several others already parked in Blytheville, Arkansas where they will be parted out or sold.