Meridiana is to operate its final scheduled Being MD-80 flight at the end of the month.
The Italian carrier says the jet will be used to operate a domestic service between Rome Fiumicino and Sardinian city Olbia on 31 October before exiting scheduled operations – though it will remain available for "single specific rotations" until spring 2018, when replacement of MD-80s with Boeing 737 is completed.
Flight Fleets Analyzer shows that Merdiana has four MD-80s – three MD-82s and one MD-83 – and eight 737NGs in a fleet that also includes four 767s.
The Olbia-based carrier first began operating the MD-80 type in September 1984, when two MD-82s (registered I-SMEL and I-SMEM) joined the fleet of Alisarda, as Meridana was known until 1991.
Its MD-80 fleet would grow to comprise 17 aircraft: nine MD-82s and eight MD-83s.
Flight Fleets Analyzer shows that I-SMEL and I-SMEM are among the MD-80s that Meridiana has already retired. Both were withdrawn last year.