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AA737-800 Compared To AA727  
User currently offlineFuelhog From United States of America, joined Feb 2003, 50 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 3053 times:

I was wondering what American Airlines 737-800 were like flying on compared to the 727.I've never been on one,but would like to fly on one.They look similar on the outside in overall shape and length.Unfortuntally, not of lot them fly out of D/FW to hitch a ride.

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User currently offlineAApilot2b From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 586 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3027 times:

The last word I heard, AA had retired all its 727s. I flew on one a few years a go. It had the older Boeing cabin but was still in very good condition. Come to think of it, my first flight on American Airlines was on a 727-200. They were great planes but less economical than today's types.

User currently offlineAirbus Lover From Malaysia, joined Apr 2000, 3248 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3023 times:

They look similar on the outside in overall shape and length  Confused

OK......  Yeah sure

How can a B738 look similar in overall shape and length to a B727? B727 is t-tail with 3 engines in the back and B738 is the conventional wing design with two engines...!  Insane

User currently offlineATA L1011 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1456 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3010 times:

And to add to Airbus Lover the 738 is some 24 feet shorter 129ft vs 153ft for the 72S.

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User currently offlineGigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16347 posts, RR: 79
Reply 4, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2944 times:

Wow that's some interesting trivia actually... I didn't realize the 727 was only 2 feet shorter than a 752.

But of course, a lot of that is the engine exhaust nozzle and so on. In terms of cabin space I believe the 727 and 738 are very comparable.

The Boeing website lists the 727's capacity as 149-189 and the 737-800's 169-189.


User currently offlineTranStar From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 530 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2873 times:

I have flown a 738 on Continental. I would compare it in cabin size definitely to a 727. Also, it flies, at least as a passenger, similar to a 727. I definitely don't feel like I'm on a 737 on board a 738.

User currently offlineDeltaMD11 From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 1709 posts, RR: 30
Reply 6, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2866 times:

Can you say slow? I think 73NG's are absolutely attrocious aircraft *OPINION*, and cannot compare diddly to flying on a 722. Try 5 hours PHL-SLC with a good headwind in a 738-I have never wanted to get off of an aircraft so quickly in my life. They're slow, uncomfortable, and quiet. What could be worse??

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User currently offlineKevi747 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 1058 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2816 times:

All of our 727's have been retired. The 737-800 is a much nicer, newer airplane. Passengers really seem to like them. The 727 had no inflight entertainment, and the 737 does. The 737 has more F/C seats than the 727 did (20 vs. 12). However the seating is still arranged the same (2/2 in F/C and 3/3 in Y/C). The 727 also required a 3rd cockpit crewmember (F/E) and the 737 does not. I'm sure that AA likes that due to cost saving. And F/A's like that because you have one less overly-macho guy up there with a fragile ego playing "who's got the biggest pee-pee". (727 cockpit crews were the worst!) But the minimum F/A crew is the same: 3 F/A's. 737's can be kind of choppy toward the rear of the airplane, though not as bad as the 757's.

I don't like to fly purser on the 737's because the F/C galley is so small. You have less room to work than on a MD-80!! The aft galley is nice, though. It's very similar to a 757's aft galley.

Sometimes I miss the 727's purely from a nostalgic point. I think the best thing about the 737 is that they're so new. Oh yeah, and we used to have a lot of engine decompressions with the 727, something about the #2 engine having to suck air down that "S" tube on takeoff. Those were scary, especially if you were the #2 or #4 F/A strapped to that rear exit door!!

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User currently offlineAmerican 767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4643 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2768 times:

Yes, all of the 727's have been retired. I flew on the final flight about a year ago, that was AA765 from TPA to MIA. The F/O told me that he was getting ready to switch on the 737 at American. Yes, indeed, the 737-800 IS the 727 replacement. American ordered the type back in 1996 when at that time they still had a lot of 727-200's but knew that they would be phased out by the early 2000's.
I flew twice in First Class on the 737-800 from ORD to LGA, it is a nice aircraft. The only thing that wasn't very pleasant compared to the 727 or the Super 80 was the engine noise on take off. You do feel the tremendous power during take off and you do hear the noise well but it gets quieter once reaching cruising altitude. Nevertheless, I like it.

Ben Soriano
Brussels Belgium

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User currently offlineBrett80211 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 266 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2689 times:

I have flown an AA 737-800 twice from ORD-DEN and DEN-ORD. It's a great plane, nice seats that are pretty comfy, and nice legroom. AA MD-80's dont even compare to the 738 try to fly one as soon as you can. You wont be dissapointed. -Brett

User currently offlineAlexchao From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 688 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2668 times:

I have to agree that the 738s are really nice. I've only had the opportunity to fly them on short AA flights, but they were great!


User currently offlineBWIA 772 From Barbados, joined May 2002, 2202 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2667 times:

I have flown the 737 from Barbados to Washinton DC (BGI- IAD) and JFK to Barbados. I hate the 3-3 lay out but on the flight to IAD it was nice as it was only be and my brother so he sat at the ilse seat and I at the window which was by the flaps which my favourite place to be on any aircraft. JFK to Barbados was hell our seats were befor the emergency exist so they could not recline. Like DeltaMD11 I could not wait to get off the damn plane my seat was up write for over 4 stinking hours wid the woman infront seat all reclined making it difficlut for me to get to my bag under the seat nearly buse she tail pon that flight.

About the noise thing I dont find it that quiet sure the Md 80 was louder but I find the 738s to be nice except for the seats that cant recline.

Eagles Soar!
User currently offlineJe89_w From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 2368 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2651 times:

CO used their B727s on the island hopper route––and you know the runways of most of islands on the island hopper route were rough and not maintained. The B727s were like tanks . . . it survived the runways with no damage. Now the B738s are being used for that route and are practically being TORN apart!

I believe the B757 was made from the B727. A B757 is nothing but a modified B727 . . . that's why the length is almost the same.

The B727 is indeed a great aircraft! One part of the B727 (part of the wing or something) were used on the B737-B767 aircraft. Can't quite remember what that part was.


User currently offlineTan flyr From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 1984 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2561 times:

I wish I could count all the 727 flights on AA I have taken since 1976. She was the queen of the skies for a long time. I tend to recall the First Class seats being a bit more roomy than the ones on the 738 or even the 757. Just my memories!

The 727 could be a rocket on t/o with a light load and a hot rod at the controls! It could also be a long flight..one the longest in my memory was on one from ORD-SFO with what must have been one heck of a headwind. Seems it took well over 5 hrs.

No doubt the 727 was built like a tank..look at some of the abuse they have taken over the decades...TWA 847 wandering the middle east for over 2 weeks in 85, the TWA that had a small bomb on a FCO-ATH flight..EAL had a few belly landings in them as well, and the NAtional that went into Pensacola Bay and was rebuilt for a Middle east kingdom.

Anyway, time marches on...

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