On 23 August, American Airlines will retire 20 MD-82 and MD-83 aircraft to Roswell, New Mexico, one of the largest single-day aircraft retirements in airline history. American is retiring a total of 45 MD-80 series aircraft this year, leaving 52 in the fleet at the end of 2016. At one point, the American MD-80 fleet numbered 370.

Tracking into Retirement

The aircraft bound for Roswell will be departing from all over the US, including Chicago, Salt Lake City, Tampa, Minneapolis, Raleigh, Pittsburgh, and Dallas-Fort Worth. 17 of the aircraft were originally delivered to American Airlines, while 3 were acquired from TWA. The average age of the aircraft being retired tomorrow is 28 years old.

You can track the aircraft via the registrations listed below, or use a combination callsign (AAL) + airport (in=ROW) filter to follow all the flights.

RegistrationTypeYear Delivered
N403AMD-821986
N436AAMD-821987
N477AAMD-821988
N479AAMD-821988
N481AAMD-821988
N482AAMD-821988
N485AAMD-821989
N486AAMD-821989
N493AAMD-821989
N499AAMD-821989
N564AAMD-831987
N565AAMD-831987
N569AAMD-831987
N570AAMD-831987
N571AAMD-831987
N70504MD-821989
N7520AMD-821990
N9401WMD-831993*
N9402WMD-831993*
N9404VMD-831993*

*Originally delivered to TWA.

Upon arrival in Roswell, the aircraft will be processed by two American Airlines employees and then transferred to third-party contractors for storage, lease returns, aircraft sales, and parts. If you’re looking to purchase a used MD-80, now may be good time to visit Roswell, New Mexico.

An overview of Roswell Industrial Air Center
An overview of Roswell Industrial Air Center

 

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Ian Petchenik’s love of aviation began at an early age growing up next to Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. As Flightradar24’s director of communications and co-host of the AvTalk podcast Ian now gets to share that passion for aviation with millions of Flightradar24 users and listeners around the world.

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