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Why No Boeing 727's In Europe?  
User currently offlineRwylie77 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 367 posts, RR: 2
Posted (11 years 6 days ago) and read 7427 times:

It is something I have observed for a while and confirmed this morning in Flight International's recent 'census' of airlines operating which aircraft - why are there so few Boeing 727's in Europe? They are in 7th place still for the most flown aircraft (A320 family 1st, 737-300,400,500 in second closely followed by 737-6/7/8/900) but there are only a HANDFUL few of these in Europe. Is there a reason for this?

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User currently offlineBCAL From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 3384 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (11 years 6 days ago) and read 7388 times:

As a guess I would think that European noise regulations mean that for a 727 to operate within most European countries they must be hush-kited and the cost is too prohibitive for the airlines still operating this type.

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User currently offlineRwylie77 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 367 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (11 years 6 days ago) and read 7366 times:

That could be it because the only 727's in Europe were in Eastern Europe...none in Western Europe.

User currently offlineDIJKKIJK From France, joined Jul 2003, 1884 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (11 years 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 7270 times:

That could be it because the only 727's in Europe were in Eastern Europe...,none in Western Europe .

Rwylie77: Lufthansa, Sabena, Iberia, Air France... all have had 727s in their fleets.

I think the reason why there are hardly any 727s in Europe is because of noise regulations and the fact that all the European airlines have replaced the 727 with 757s, 737s, A320s and other modern aircraft.

Even world wide, there are very few 727s flying now, the few which are, are mostly freighters.

DHL still operates freighter 727s in Europe, by the way.

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User currently offlineMEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4466 posts, RR: 33
Reply 4, posted (11 years 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 7211 times:

the 727 has never been that popular in Europe compared to the US... the loads on typical short-medium haul sectors have always been a bit smaller, so while ALL the US major airlines had huge fleets of 727s, the European airlines had Caravelles and later DC-9s and 737s and now A-320s.
In the US, just a few cargo airlines like DHL, UPS and especially FedEx still have dozens, as pax airliner it is as rare in the US as it is in Europe.

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User currently offlineSATL382G From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (11 years 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 7191 times:

Although the 727 was on its way out at the time, 9/11 pretty much
finished the passenger service career of the 727 here in the US...

One day they were here and the next they were gone, or so it seemed...


User currently offlineSafetyDude From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3795 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (11 years 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 7180 times:

SATL382G got it. The 727s were going in both North America and Europe, with the exception to cargo companies, and are now all practically gone.


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User currently offlineRwylie77 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 367 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (11 years 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 7164 times:

I saw a load of United and Delta 727's parked in the desert when passing through Victorville VCV this June...

User currently offlineLVZXV From Gabon, joined Mar 2004, 2041 posts, RR: 34
Reply 8, posted (11 years 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 7144 times:

Go to Bolivia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru or Venezuela instead. You won't be disappointed...  Big grin


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User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8407 posts, RR: 54
Reply 9, posted (11 years 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 7166 times:

Europe was certainly a strong market for the 727. THAT SAID, flying in Europe isn't the same as in the US - I don't know what the average flight times are, respectively, but in the US its probably two hours or more (Atlanta to NYC, Miami to Chicago, Dallas to LA all seem typical and they're all 2 hours +) and there's the Rockies etc to cross (hence the third engine on the seven two); whereas in Europe it's close to an hour, it's a much smaller area (London to Brussels, Paris to Berlin, Vienna to Helsinki, Madrid to Rome all seem typical and they're all one hour max) and it's flat. So while the 727 was popular over here (Lufthansa, Iberia, Alitalia, Olympic, Dan Air, SAS, Sterling, Sabena), the 737 was plenty of aircraft for the job. Think of it this way: the longest scheduled flight I know of is London to Athens, and that's only three hours, well within the range of any 737. The longest flight within the US is LA to NY which is nearly double (not that a 72 or 73 could make LA-NY nonstop without serious penalties). It's a completely different mission, which is why eventually the 737 became the dominant airliner within Europe.

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User currently offlineBENNETT123 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 8624 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (11 years 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 6966 times:

One place that you might still see B727 is Malta.

When I was there in 2002, Libyan used to fly in. They also operated F28's.

Luqa is also a good airport for spotters.

User currently offlinePkk From Denmark, joined Apr 2003, 184 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (11 years 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 6772 times:

DHL no longer operates 72's in Europe. The occasional 72 might show up in BRU for maintenance but then only fly in and out during day time. DHL made a commitment to the Belgian government to stop 72 night OPS in/out of BRU by the end of 2003. All 72's has now been redeployed, sold, scrapped or donated away.

Here's what happened to the last 16:

OO-DHK Flying in Australia
OO-DHM Flying in Latin America
OO-DHN Airframe scrapped
OO-DHO Flying in Indonesia
OO-DHP Airframe scrapped in Latin America
OO-DHQ Flying in Latin America
OO-DHR Still in storage at Lasham, UK
OO-DHS Donated to WAN at Charleroi Airport
OO-DHT Donated to KHBO in Oostende, BE (Briefly reg in Spain as EC-IDQ)
OO-DHU Flying in Latin America
OO-DHV Now operated by Swiftair
OO-DHW Still in storage at Southend, UK
OO-DHX Now operated by Swiftair
OO-DHY Now operated by Swiftair
OO-DHZ Flying in Latin America
OO-DLB Flying in Australia

(source: EAT's internal magazine "Linkupdate")

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User currently offlineGerardo From Spain, joined May 2000, 3481 posts, RR: 29
Reply 12, posted (11 years 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 6740 times:

Photo taken some weeks back:
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This aircraft was operating for Swiftair out of ZRH (I guess) for a short period of time. As far as I know, it has been taken out of service again.

Listening to her take offs, one can only dream away......


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User currently offlineFLYSSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7477 posts, RR: 56
Reply 13, posted (11 years 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 6703 times:


The B727 was a great aircraft and was popular and widely operated by most of the big European airlines, beside their Caravelle, MD or B737 fleet : Air France, Alitalia, Iberia, TAP, Lufthansa, Olympic Airways, JAT, etc...

Air France started operating its first B727 (F-BOJA) on April 15th 1968 and operated the type until early 1993 ! 25 years of very reliable operation is quite important !

I think IBERIA was the last big regular European airline to operate the B727 until just few years ago.

Though not a European Airline, Air Algérie , AFAIK, are the last scheduled airline to operate the B727 to/from France.

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User currently offlineWing From Turkey, joined Oct 2000, 1588 posts, RR: 23
Reply 14, posted (11 years 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 6561 times:

727 's are banned to fly from the European airspace unless they are Stage 3 hush kitted.Until year 2000 they were not allowed to fly after 8 PM and after that(I'm not certain with the year but should be around 2000) not allowed at any time.My father was a 727 captain and they sold their airplanes and switced type to MD-88 and 737-400.

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User currently offlineRayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 8194 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (11 years 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 6515 times:

It used to be that 727's were quite common in Europe because they were perfect for the type of high-frequency operations common there.

However, with stricter noise regulations and the sheer wear on the 727 airframes, they've been pretty much replaced by CFM56-powered 737's and A319/A320 planes since the late 1980's.

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