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User currently offlineDEN-HNL From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 164 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 10 months 21 hours ago) and read 1570 times:

The 727 retirement is quickly accelerating here, as if it weren't an expected event already. I know of two in the last two days that have been prepared for retirement/storage in Victorville, CA (VCV) from DEN.

While choosing random 727's current routing, at least 25 that I looked at are being prepared for VCV, or already there since at least Sept 22. Rumor is that they'll be gone by year's end.

 Crying


John Hancock
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User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7452 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (12 years 10 months 21 hours ago) and read 1421 times:

Say it aint so-we all say this one coming. At least I still see one here in ROC from ORD and according to ual.com,I'm supposed to fly them to & from ORD on Nov1 and Nov 5 respectively. But I'm not counting on it!

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I'm glad I got to ride on two of em this year.



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User currently offlineL1011 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1670 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (12 years 10 months 21 hours ago) and read 1393 times:
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I'm booked on one on January 1 from ORD to RIC. I hope they don't take it off by then.

Bob Bradley
Richmond, VA



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User currently offlinePendrilsaint From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 685 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 10 months 20 hours ago) and read 1359 times:

Im glad I got to fly on two of them this year...They may be old looking on the inside...but man...they sure are beauties

User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 10 months 20 hours ago) and read 1356 times:

All 727s and 737-200s will be gone by Nov. 1st, 2001.

User currently offlineILUV767 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3141 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (12 years 10 months 19 hours ago) and read 1346 times:

Flyf15 wrote:

All 727s and 737-200s will be gone by Nov. 1st, 2001.


Correction...by the end of November.

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User currently offlineCcrlR From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 2233 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 10 months 19 hours ago) and read 1331 times:
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I like the 727's. I was going to ride one from ORD-PIT but I might still try them. I'll have to see which airline has the cheapest fare United or US Airways. I just don't know help me decide!


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User currently offlineMDCJets From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 175 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (12 years 10 months 19 hours ago) and read 1314 times:

It brings a tear to my eye. I was hoping to get on one one day but it looks like I won't be now. They certainly served United well.

User currently offlineDEN-HNL From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 164 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (12 years 10 months 6 hours ago) and read 1300 times:

Correction...by the end of November.

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Yes, that's what I've heard as well. Also with the guppy-200's. I'm not so affected by their retirement here in Denver, since I haven't seen one here in over a year. Didn't want to say an exact date since so many rumors are running around right now, and everything is so subject to change.

Two days ago I fueled N7458U for her trip to VCV. A sad and eerie feeling it was.


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User currently offlineAirbus380 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (12 years 10 months 6 hours ago) and read 1289 times:

I love the UA 727's. I got to fly on one in June DEN-AUS N7445U, does anyone know the status of it?


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User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7452 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (12 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1252 times:

I flew N7458U on Sep 1st! UA438 ORD-ROC. That was my last 27 flight to date.  Sad


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User currently offlineAccess-Air From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1939 posts, RR: 13
Reply 11, posted (12 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1232 times:

I too will be sad to see them go.
The first United 727 i saw was in Moline when i was in 4th grade a model 727-022C N7422U, it was one of their Quick chnage convertable models...it eventually became the first 727F added to Fed ex's fleet as N101FE.

However I have in chronological order flown on the following United 727s.....

03Jul89 727-222A N7267U ORD-DTW
29Jul89 727-222 N7626U ORD-MCI
16Nov89 727-222A N7276U ORD-DTW
29Nov90 727-022 N7011U ORD-IAD
29Nov90 727-022 N7014U IAD-MCO
22Nov94 727-222A N7268U PIA-MLI
09Mar96 727-222A N7464U ORD-OMA
17May97 727-222A N7253U ORD-ATL
and thats it so far....
this coming Oct 19th I am to step onboard one final United 727-222 bound for Omaha from OHare..it will be sad to think that they will no longer be making those thunderous takeoffs at America's airports....those of United and any other airlines finding neccessary to park the birds. Oh well I had fun on them...im just wondering which one i will fly on on the 19th!!!

Access-Air



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User currently offlineIronchain15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (12 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1202 times:

I, too, am sad to see the 727's go. They are my favorites. I flew on two UA 727's in 1999 (MCI to ORD and back). I am also very sad about how rapidly ALL of the airlines are retiring their 727's.

User currently offlineAreopagus From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1369 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (12 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1191 times:

Dang! The prettiest bird to fly ovehead will be gone. I think the 727 looks like a shark when seen from below.

Dang again! My last flight on a 727 (UAL) was aborted. It was last December, and was supposed to go from SFO to SLC, but it turned back over Sacramento, the pilot saying we didn't have enough fuel to make Salt Lake City. One of the fuel gauges wasn't working, he said, which is all right, because they have other means to verify fuel load -- but we didn't have enough: we were going to go back and tank up. So we landed back at SFO and taxied back to the gate and sat for awhile. Then the pilot announced that they were trying to barter a replacement part from another airline. After some more sitting, he announced that they weren't going to get the plane fixed any time soon, so we would have to debark and sit in the lounge. After more waiting, they started rebooking us and put us up in hotels for the night. I heard a UAL employee tell another passenger that the electrical system for the left wing was out -- ergo, the fuel in those tanks was unusable. I would have preferred them to say that in the first place instead of lying to us.

But, aside from that, my last few flights in 727s were pleasant. The planes were clean inside and out, and the windows looked new and unscratched. That's the way I'd like to remember the old girl.


User currently offlineDalmd88 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2534 posts, RR: 14
Reply 14, posted (12 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1164 times:

I to am sad to see more 727 go to VCV. They are a good tough airplane, the likes we will never see again.

To Areopagus: I don't think they ever lied to you. The true answer was likely the fuel quanity system for that wing tank was dead. Many times the true technical problem gets simplified by the time it gets to pax sitting in the gate. Each time the cause gets told to another person it gets garbled. A tank quanity system isn't something a gate agent is very knowlegable about. Don't expect a very technical answer. The techs working the flight hoped they could fix it by just changing a component. A quick fix if you troubleshoot correctly and you have one. Somedays it just doesn't work that way. Chasing a bad wire can take forever.

I can remember when I worked for a little commuter airline we got these two used aircraft. They both had reoccuring electrical problems. One was a nusiance fault, an erratic flap indicator passing through ~8000ft. It had been happening for months before we got it. We took two months to finally figure it out. The other plane lost all AC power as soon as we got it. Looking through the log it was intermittent. We grounded the plane for three days until we found it.

In your case it didn't matter what the problem actually was. The out come was the same, and it sounds like UAL did take care of you.


User currently offlineOrdual24 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 60 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (12 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1144 times:

these loud 737's will be gone soon also.....

User currently offlineClassic707 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 548 posts, RR: 13
Reply 16, posted (12 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1120 times:

My first last and mostlikely only trip on the 727 as back in August between Denver and Austin on United's N7279U. The aircraft was clean and very comfortable. When we landed in Austin, I got to take some shots of the cockpit. I consider my self damn lucky to have gotten the opertunity.

User currently offlineAreopagus From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1369 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (12 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1111 times:

In your case it didn't matter what the problem actually was. The out come was the same, and it sounds like UAL did take care of you.

Yes, they did. As far as I could tell, all the passengers took a better-safe-than-sorry attitude, although some evidently let their frustration show at the hard-working rebooking agent. When she was almost finished with my arrangements, she thanked me for my smile and cheery manner. I replied that since it was clear that she was abundantly aware that we were being inconvenienced, there would be no purpose in trying to make the point further.

I didn't mean to leave the impression that I was angry at them; but I did wish there had been better communication as to the nature of the problem.


User currently offlineLonghaul747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 173 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (12 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1102 times:


In theory I am scheduled to fly on a UA 727-200 this coming Saturday October 6th. I was really looking forward to flying on a classic 727 for one of the last times. In fact I booked United because I got my first 777 ride coming and will get a 727 on my flight back. I was booked on flight 1429 SAT-DEN-PDX. SAT-DEN was scheduled to be a 737-500 and then we had change to a 727-200 to PDX. According to United.com flight 1429 was replaced by flight 1451. Flight 1451 has the same times as 1429 but according to United.com it is a 737-300 from SAT-DEN and a 737-300 from DEN-PDX. So it looks like United retired the 727-200 from that route as well. Why they changed the flight number I have no idea. In fact I am not totally sure how the flight number change effects my reservation. I will call United later today. One would think all who were booked on 1429 would just be booked on 1451.

Chris


User currently offlineRayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 7989 posts, RR: 5
Reply 19, posted (12 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1085 times:

I knew that the 727-200's in the AA, DL and UA fleets were going to disappear over the next few years because they couldn't meet ICAO Stage III noise standards and with seat-mile fuel costs 35-45% higher than an A320 or 737-800.

The economic downturn has just made it more convenient to park them all by the end of this year.


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