A few weeks ago I had the chance to fly for the very first time an iconic
aircraft, a McDonnell Douglas MD-11 on the San Francisco-Amsterdam Schiphol
First, and, very likely last time for me, as well, because there are just
four of them operating commercially and the only airline that operates
them, the Dutch flag carrier KLM, plans to withdraw them by the end of
The MD-11, a more modern derivative of the DC-10 (that has also recently
withdrawn from commercial service by the last airline operating it, Biman
of Bangladesh) his easily recognizable because of its 3-engine
configuration, that gave it a very characteristic shape.
A closer view of the KLM MD-11 that flew us from San Francisco, here at
Amsterdam Schiphol airport shortly after landing
Although it might not be as efficient or lack the amenities of more modern
wide-body aircraft, I am sure, the three-engined airliner is going to be
missed by the aviation enthusiast community!