The Year of '80
The years aircraft: The McDonnell Douglas MD-80
Summer 1980 – The British Aerospace Sea Harrier enters operational service with the Fleet Air Arm, providing the British Royal Navy with its first high-performance fixed-wing aircraft capability since the retirement of the aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal in December 1978
July 17 A Vickers Viscount of the charter airline Alidair lands safely in Devon, England, after suffering damage to all four engines.
November 1 – British Airways terminates Concorde services to Bahrain and Singapore.