By: AirTravellerPH Staff
The end of an era for the tri-jets. The last ever MD-11 aircraft, an MD-11F which rolled out from the McDonnell Douglas final assembly line in 2001 has been retired. Lufthansa Cargo MD-11F with registry number D-ALCN had indeed carried out its last flight. Lufthansa is phasing out its MD-11F fleet in favor of the twin-engine Boeing 777F. The German airline operated MD-11s for two decades.
The MD-11 is a derivative and longer version of the Douglas DC-10. It was intended to address the airlines's need for an aircraft smaller than the Boeing 747 but larger than the DC-8 and which can fly medium haul routes. The MD-11 later on came about as a newer and longer version than the DC-10. The production of the MD-11 ended when airlines started shifting to long range twin engine aircraft like the Boeing 777.
Philippine Airlines also operated two MD-11s which were wet-leased from World Airways in 1997.