American Airlines retired 20 MD-80s on Aug. 23 as it continues to wind down an aircraft type that was once a fleet workhorse. The Dallas/Fort Worth-based airline plans to have just 52 MD-80s left at the end of 2016—at one point, the airline had more than 350 of the type in its fleet. While the aircraft, which have an average age of over 20 years, are ultimately being replaced by newer Boeing 737s and Airbus A320s, the 20 MD-80s grounded in one day are not being replaced on a ...

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