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Delta confirms last DC-9 flight will be Minneapolis-Atlanta on Jan. 6

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Updated: Dec 28, 2013 09:06 AM EST

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Delta confirms last DC-9 flight will be Minneapolis-Atlanta on Jan. 6
Delta Air Lines announced today that its DC-9 will fly for the last time come Jan. 6 from Minneapolis/St. Paul to Atlanta, USA TODAY reported Dec. 27.(Photo : YouTube)

Delta Air Lines announced today that its DC-9 will fly for the last time come Jan. 6 from Minneapolis/St. Paul to Atlanta, USA TODAY reported Dec. 27.

According to the report, Delta has officially confirmed that its final DC-9 flight will depart Minneapolis/St. Paul at 4:20 p.m. on Jan. 6 and will arrive in Atlanta perhaps a little before 7 p.m.

Delta recognizes the DC-9's retirement, which is now tagged DL2014, by noting the final year of service of the said aircraft. Additionally, the preceding flight from Detroit to Minneapolis/St. Paul is tagged DL1955 to commemorate the aircraft's initial year of service.

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Multiple sources and even Delta Air Lines said that this will be the last scheduled commercial flight of the DC-9 by a major U.S. airline.

"The DC-9 has been a workhorse in our domestic fleet while providing a reliable customer experience," Delta Air Lines' VP-Fleet Strategy Nat Pieper said in a statement. "The aircraft's retirement paves the way for newer, more efficient aircraft."

Delta records reveal that a total of 305 DC-9s have been flown by the airline since 1965.

Alongside the announcement of the retirement of its last DC-9 jets, Delta has noted that it has already removed or retired over 350 aircraft from its fleet since 2008. Other aircraft that were phased out from Delta's fleet include CRJ-200s and Saab 340s.

Meanwhile, as replacement to the retiring jets, Delta has already added "economically efficient, proven-technology aircraft such as the Boeing 777-200LR; two-class, 65 and 76-seat regional jets and variants of the 737 and 717, largely on a capacity-neutral basis."

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