McDonnell Douglas MD-80



Detail name: McDonnell Douglas MD-80

ICAO type designator: MD81

ICAO type description: L2J

Wake turbulance category: M

Max operating level: FL 370

Typical cruising speed: Medium

Climb performance: Good

Approach category: C

Nice to know:

PAX: 155

MTOW: 63.500kg


  • MD81: MD-81,
  • MD82: MD-82
  • MD83: MD-83
  • MD87: MD-87
  • MD90: MD-90
  • B712: Boeing 717-200 (When McDonnell Douglas and Boeing merged in 1997, the new MD-95 was sold as a Boeing 717)

What to look for:

  • Rear-mounted engines
  • T-tail
  • Much larger than aircraft with similar design (T-tail/engines)
  • 1 Eye-brow window
  • No winglets

Special Remarks:

Note that there is actually no aircraft versin named MD-80. The MD-80 expression is a family name only. The MD 90 has got larger engines.