American Airlines has announced bordbar is delivering 9,000 Aviationtags crafted from the Mad Dog MD80 aircraft that gained cult status at American in the 1980s and 1990s, the company said.
At the height of this career, the twinjet, with its distinctive rear engines and aluminium finish was the backbone of all American Airlines short and medium-haul flights. Following the success of the test phase, the airline had ordered 260 Mad Dogs in the early 1980s. At the turn of the millennium, these were joined by another 103 aircraft from the takeover of Trans World Airlines, and from then on, around a third of all versions of this famous plane ever produced flew for American Airlines.
From 2003 onwards, the airline slowly but surely sent the planes into their hard-earned retirement. The unconventional geometry that made the Super 80 so popular had reached new lim-its when it came to efficiency. The last 26 planes were finally taken out of circulation simply be-cause their useful life was at an end. The last passenger flight of an MD80 took to the skies from Dallas/Fort Worth on 4 September 2019 with flight number AA80, flying to Chicago O´Hare.
The MD80 fuselage is being given a new purpose: as an Aviationtag edition limited to 9,000 unique tags. The edition is officially licensed by American Airlines.