Avion346 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 184 posts, RR: 1 Posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2816 times:
Just curious as to why the 727 was retired when it was, while aircraft of equal age in design continue to operate on a daily basis (i.e. DC-9). I apologize if this was already discussed, but I did try several searches. People around here tend to bite heads off if a topic is repeated.....Heaven forbid!!
BR715-A1-30 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2652 times:
Not only was the engine a factor, but the 737-800 and A320 holds just as many people if not identical amount, and it requires one less flight crew member, and one less engine and is much more economical (Hence the reason why AA, CO, DL, and NW got rid of their 727s.
DeltaMD11 From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 1701 posts, RR: 34
Reply 4, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2613 times:
The 727 (Queen of the Skies from where I'm sittin') is proving to be a very very viable cargo aircraft and we should expect to see them with cargo operators well into the 21st century. In terms of being a pax hauler---see the explanations above. Shame that such a wonderful aircraft is being removed from passenger service at the rate she is :'(
Too often we ... enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought. - John Fitzgerald Kennedy
CanadianNorth From Canada, joined Aug 2002, 3395 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2374 times:
Why was the 727 retired from so many fleets these days?
-Takes an extra crew member to operate = they gotta pay more people
-Burns more fuel = they need to pay for more fuel
-Needs more maintenance = adds cost
-Makes more noise = Hush kits are expensive and aint always worth it
-Many where getting on in years = every aircraft gets retired eventually
-Better a/c availible = A320s and 738s can do the job just as good if not better
-Makes a good cargo hauler = time to move on from the pax routes and into cargo