The MD-11 aircraft is reaching a milestone: its first retirements. The aircraft due to be retired were operated by World Airways, which is being restructured under parent Global Aviation Holdings’s Chapter 11 filing. Aviation Week fleet data show that seven of Worlds’ MD-11s, two of which were passenger aircraft, are parked. McDonnell Douglas built the original aircraft starting in 1988 as a DC-10 replacement, and after it merged with Boeing in 1997 the Seattle airframer continued ...
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