Time is running out for the MD-11 as a passenger aircraft on scheduled services. KLM Royal Dutch airlines is phasing out its last MD-11s, although the process is slowed by the lack of replacing aircraft. The MD-11 was to be replaced by the Boeing 787, but as the delivery date of the Boeing was pushed back and safety issues emerged, the Dreamliner became more of a Nightmare. KLM's MD-11 PH-KCK was scheduled to be the last MD-11 to leave the fleet in October 2013, but last week five MD-11s (PH-KCA/B/D/E/K) were still active on routes to Canada (Toronto and Montreal), with PH-KCE even operating a (farewell?) flight to London Heathrow. The last KLM MD-11 to be phased out so far was PH-KCC in September 2013. The only other company now operating the MD-11 on passenger services is World Airways, which carries out charter flights. Prior to ordering the MD-11 KLM operated the Douglas DC-10, receiving the first one in 1972.
This image shows McDonnell Douglas MD-11P c/n 48555 (l/n 557) PH-KCA "Amy Johnson" being pushed back at Schiphol Amsterdam airport in The Netherlands (EHAM) to operate flight KL671 to Montreal on 31 July 2013 .
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