The final DC-10 — a plane built in Long Beach — will be removed from commercial service next month after a Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight from Dhaka to Birmingham. UK. And Biman is milking it for all it’s worth.
“Retirement is an emotional time for anyone and no less for us, as we prepare for the withdrawal from service of not only our last DC-10, but the world’s last operational passenger DC-10,” the airline wrote recently in a letter to customers. “Having flown the skies since 1971, 446 DC10s were built and this aircraft was one of the last to come off the Long Beach, California production line in 1988.”
The airline is selling special tickets to customers who want to book the last flight. I believe the official last flight is already sold out, but if you find yourself in Bangladesh or or Kuwait next month, but you might check out the airline’s website. You can see Biman appears to be using the last flight to make some extra cash.
“The last commercial flight will be on Thursday, Feb 20 when flight BG1015 takes to the skies at 0830 from Dhaka enroute to Birmingham in the United Kingdom,” the airline wrote. “Operating via Kuwait this flight will arrive in Birmingham the same day at 1620. Priced at only ₤ 600 (plus taxes) for a window seat or ₤ 500 plus taxes, for all the other seats, we have kept the pricing at minimal levels to ensure the flight is accessible to as many as possible.”
But wait. There’s more. Because let’s face it. There’s more money to be made.
“Due to an overwhelming response from aviation enthusiasts from around the world, we are going to operate scenic flights on the weekend of Feb 22, 23 and 24 from Birmingham airport. The first flights to go on sale will operate on the Monday, Feb 24th at 0900, 1200 and 1500 with a block time of an estimated one-hour.”
If you want to see a DC without flying around the world, you might simply drive to LAX to see FedEx’s fleet. Technically, these are not DC-10s. While they were built as DC-10s, they’re now called MD-10s. The changeover happened when the airplanes were retrofitted to have much more modern, two pilot, flight decks. (According to Boeing, which bought McDonnell Douglas, the final DC-10 rolled off the line in 1989.)
I hope at least one L.A. Airspace reader will be on one of the final Biman flights. Anyone planning to go? We’ll want a full report.