Brett80211 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 266 posts, RR: 1 Posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 954 times:
I was standing on my back porch in Denver at 11:00am mt, and I heard a loud aircraft flying over head it sounded like a 727. I ran out back looked up and to my surprise it was a United Airlines 727. Whats going on?-Brett
PSU_DTW_SCE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 822 times:
Yeah, two weeks ago the UA 727's were still in service. No more REVENUE service after 10/30. It will take some time before they are all stripped and parked in the desert. Retiring 40 some a/c doesn't just happen overnight.
Afay1 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 1293 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 819 times:
I must have taken one of the last 727 flights then without realizing it. I flew from BOS to IAD last week. It was interesting that on United's website and itinerary, they didn't list the 727 as the aircraft, the space was just blank. It was a pleasant flight. The plane was clean, hush-kitted, and had the Economy Plus seats added. It didn't look appreciably older than the 757 I returned to BOS on. I actually was in line for check-in with a UAL 727 pilot who was returning home. He said that it had been a great aircraft and could fly faster, landing and taking off from shorter runways than its successor (the 757). My guess would be that its 35% higher fuel burn are what did it in. An end of an era...