McDonnell Douglas MD-88

McDonnell Douglas MD-88

General Information

Manufacturer: McDonnell Douglas

Role: Narrow-body jet airliner

First flight: August 15, 1987

Primary airlines: Delta Air Lines, LASER Airlines, World Atlantic Airlines 

Passenger seating: 123-155

Models:  MD-83, MD-87


  • Two Pratt and Whitney JT8D-200 series turbofan engines
  • Glass cockpit
  • Airborne wind shear warning system
  • All versions of the MD-80s aircraft are equipped with an AlliedSignal (Garrett) GTCP85-98D APU

Fun Facts

  • Delta Airlines is the largest operator of the MD-88.
  • The aircraft has a service ceiling of 37,000 feet.
  • The MD-88 has wider than usual aisles in the coach cabin at 22 inches.
  • Maximum cruise speed for the MD-88 is 543 mph, 874 km/h, or 472 knots.

Type Rating

Pilots must earn their type rating in the McDonnell Douglas MD-88 to be qualified to fly this aircraft. In most cases, the airline you fly for will get you type-rated.

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