The McDonnell Douglas MD-80 series, dubbed the "Mad Dog", was the modern successor to the popular Douglas DC-9 series of jets, which were was one of the best selling airliners in the world for it's time. The first variant of the MD-80 produced was the DC-9-81 "Super 80", which was essentially a stretched DC-9 with some new features and avionics. The DC-9-81 first flew in 1979, out of the McDonnell Douglas factory in Long Beach, California. The following year in 1980, Swissair, who was also the launch customer for the type, put the first example into service. The type was renamed the MD-81 soon after the first batch of deliveries. The avionics were updated to include new electronic displays and performance was enhanced on a new model called the MD-82, which was first put into service by Republic Airlines in 1981. Further changes including extra auxiliary fuel tanks for greater range were made to create the MD-83, which was introduced in 1985 by Alaska Airlines. To compete with the greater range offered by rival Boeing's new "Classic" generation 737s, McDonnell Douglas made an extended range and better short field performance version called the MD-87, capable of crossing most of the country and operating out of short runways like Orange County (SNA) with the ability to continue on to Chicago with a full payload. Austrian Airlines introduced the MD-87 in 1987, ideal for some of the short mountainous runways used by the carrier. This specialty variant had the fewest orders, and production only continued until 1992. The final MD-80 variant was the MD-88, utilizing the latest in technology for it's electronic flight instruments and boosting the MD-83 range slightly. Like the MD-87, the MD-88 also first entered service in 1987 with Delta Air Lines, who would become the largest operator of the type. In the early 1990s, McDonnell Douglas created a new aircraft called the MD-90, with even more modern flight instruments, brand new quiet and fuel efficient engines, greater range than previous models. The first example entered service with Delta Air Lines in 1995, who like the MD-88, became the largest, and eventually final operator of the type. The MD-90 was designed as a direct replacement for the MD-80 series, and soon after it's introduction, the MD-95 was launched as a shorter version of the MD-90 as a direct DC-9 replacement. The MD-95 offered a faster turnaround time than any of it's competitors thanks to it's low cool down requirement for the engines between flights. Valujet Airlines was the launch customer of the type, but Boeing purchased McDonnell Douglas in 1997 ahead of the first delivery, at which time the MD-95 became the Boeing 717 and Valujet became AirTran Airways before putting the first example into service. Though the last MD-83 was built in 1999 and delivered to TWA, Boeing saw the MD-90 and Boeing 717 as hindering 737 sales and decided to prematurely close down the Long Beach plant. The last MD-90 was delivered to in while the last 717 was delivered to AirTran in 2007, just over 7 years after production began. Today, MD-80s mostly fly in cargo roles and in 3rd world nations, though in the 2000s American Airlines had over 400 in their fleet at one point. Delta retired the last active MD-90s in 2020 and most airlines have disposed of their 717s due to the increasing difficulties in getting new parts or adding more planes to the fleet. Delta Air Lines and Hawaiian Airlines are the largest remaining operators.
As of now, there are no high quality MD-90s for any modern flight simulator, and we do not have any 717 qualified pilots available.
Currently, the following realistic add-ons are available for this aircraft:
Leonardo SH Fly The Mad Dog X MD-80: Prepar3Dv1-5/Microsoft Flight Simulator X
Commercial Level Simulations MD-80: Prepar3Dv1-3/Microsoft Flight Simulator X
Pro-Rotate MD-80: X-Plane (made from scratch, not an update of the default MD-80)