And the LAB 727 was recieved new 40.1 years with the same operator!!!
Close, but CP
-1223 actually joined LAB's fleet in 1975, at about the same time as their first batch of -200s. The one you were probably thinking of was its sister, CP
-861, which has loyally served LAB and LAB only since 1969. Some of Vasp's 732s could boast similar "loyalty", but with them now gone, and plenty of other late '60s-build airframes being retired en-masse
-861 could well end up serving its initial customer longer than any other aircraft (once NW
's DC-9s are all grounded...).
Photo © Oliver Salinas
The good news is, according to this site's most reliable source from Bolivia, both CP
-861 and CP
-1223 have been repainted in LAB's new colours, and there are no immediate plans to replace them as of yet. This, plus the fact that LAB is in the process of receiving about another 5 727-200s could possibly be the happiest twist in the story of the venerable Boeing 727 as it enters the autumn of its long and distinguished life.
Photo © Juliano Damásio
I think the title should be revised as "...with a pressurised hull".