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How Many 727s Still Flying?  
User currently offlineMham001 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3521 posts, RR: 3
Posted (5 years 9 months 2 hours ago) and read 7106 times:

I'm reading an analyst report on a bond for ILFC which claims that 961 727s are still in service. Where would one find out the truth or does anybody here know?

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User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (5 years 9 months 2 hours ago) and read 7105 times:

Well most all of those would be with FedEx, DHL and other cargo operators......

[Edited 2008-10-13 19:04:24]

"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog"
User currently offlineTb727 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1572 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (5 years 9 months 2 hours ago) and read 7090 times:

I would be very surprised if there are that many flying. UPS retired their 727's already. I know my airline has 3 in freight still going strong with another coming back online soon.

Too lazy to work, too scared to steal!
User currently offlineRFields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7494 posts, RR: 32
Reply 3, posted (5 years 9 months 1 hour ago) and read 7012 times:

Wikipedia has an article listing 81 B727-100 and 419 B727-200 aircraft still in airline service - referencing the numbers to an article by Flight international called "World Airliner Census" dated 19-25 August 2008.

Since I don't subscribe, I can't comment on the veracity of the information.

The Wiki article list the following carriers with several aircraft - these numbers seem to be close
FedEx - 86
Astar Air Cargo - 25
Capital Cargo International Airlines - 13 - Maybe 14 - being purchased by ABX Holdings - parent of ABX
Kelowna Flightcraft Air Charter - 13 - maybe 15
Cargojet Airways - 12
Transmile Air Services - 5 or 6

The article also list some closed airlines
Champion Air - 16 - ceased operations 31 May 2008
Kitty Hawk Aircargo - 16 - ceased operations in Jan 2008

Other carriers who may have the B727 in inventory - Syrian Arab Airlines (2), Air Libya (2), Varig Logistica (3), TAF Linhas Aereas (1), Total Linhas Aereas (4), Interair South Africa (3), Asia Pacific Airlines (3), Amerijet International (10), Aerogal (1),

DHL owns the some of the Transmile aircraft according to several sources, and additional B727 aircraft based in Panama (4), Venezuela (3), Saudia Arabia / Bahrain (6), South Africa (1 ?), Australia (1),

UPS website list they own 2 B727 aircraft which are leased to other carrier(s)

You can do some more research on this list - scroll down toward the bottom to see the active registrations by airline - and the subsequent pages


Edit - looks like 8 still in Iran, and don't for get Con Air - the two B727's owned by the US Marshall's Service flown as JPATS. The Mexico Air Force has several, as quite a few nations around the world.

Don't forget there are more than two dozen in private hands, with winglets, stage 3 engines and expensive interiors.

Jack Roush has two nice ones, but not high end executive, flying mostly for NASCAR charters.

[Edited 2008-10-13 19:50:08]

User currently offlineUSAFDO From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 443 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 9 months 1 hour ago) and read 6985 times:

Donald Trump B-727-100...

This is not related...but I cannot find any interior pics of D.Trump's 727, stats, or any other information on that bird.

Does anyone out there know anything out it?

User currently offlineRFields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7494 posts, RR: 32
Reply 5, posted (5 years 9 months 1 hour ago) and read 6975 times:

The US FAA database list almost 400 active B727 registrations


Not saying that many are actually in service / flying - but the registrations are still being paid/ have not been cancelled.

User currently offlineADent From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 1356 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (5 years 9 months ago) and read 6896 times:

Looked like The Amazing Race had competitors deplaning from a 727 in LaPaz, Bolivia.

User currently offlineTZTriStar500 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1450 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (5 years 9 months ago) and read 6888 times:

The aerotransport data bank www.atdb.org which I find highly accurate though largely a pay site shows 377 total active 727s worldwide (67 -100s and 310 -200s)

35 years of American Trans Air/ATA Airlines, 1973-2008. A great little airline that will not be soon forgotten.
User currently offlineYZFOO7F From Canada, joined May 2005, 158 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 6599 times:

A small contributor, but First Air has two left in service. G-GXFA and C-FUFA, both 727-200s.

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