American 767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3518 posts, RR: 13 Posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2875 times:
I didn't know that, until three days ago when I read the last issue of Airways. There is in Airways an article about Detla's 727 retirement, it tells the whole story of the 727 at Delta, from the beginning 30 years ago to the final flight this year 2003. It starts by saying that Detla acquired its first 727's in the early 70's by taking over Northeast yellowbird which had 727's both 100 and 200 series. So I asked myself if Delta ever operated any 100's in its history because I had never seen any in pictures, I thought they had 200's only. It is true they never ordered 100's from Boeing.
Tango-Bravo From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3777 posts, RR: 30 Reply 6, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2707 times:
The post of Luv2fly states: IMHO - I think any airline that flew 727-200's started with the 100's
Not quite true. There were several airlines who operated the 727-200 in significant numbers who bypassed the -100 altogether. Some that come to mind are Air France, Alitalia, Iberia, Olympic and THY Turkish in Europe, plus Royal Air Maroc, Air Algerie and Tunis Air across the Mediterranean. In the U.S., Western had a large fleet of -200s but never flew the -100. North of the border, Air Canada started with -200s in 1974 and flew -100s later in all-cargo configuration for a very short time in the early 1980s.
Boeingfan From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 385 posts, RR: 1 Reply 7, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2616 times:
727-100's were former NE (Northeast) yellow birds. They only flew on for a couple of years, and were retired when a new batch of 727-200's arrived.
Trivia - NE flew the 727-100's on the MIA LAX route awarded to them in 1971. DL/NE merger was conditional that the MIA LAX route was not included in the deal, as DL had SFO MIA DC-8-61 nonstop service then.
DL aquired more 727-200's in the 1987 WA (Western) merger, one of the smoothest mergers in airline history, as both airlines employees embraced the marriage of the two quality carriers. "The only way to fly, ready when you are"