Hi folks - quick question. Just got back from a trip across the U.S., flying two legs each way on AA - through DFW there and ORD on the way back. Equipment was 738, 752 and MD-80. Of those, the MD-80 felt the most comfortable, followed by the 752 and then the 738 (all things being reasonably equal, like wind conditions, etc). All were cramped, uncomfortable experiences, but par for the course - seat pitch & width in line with most airlines in North America.
Anyways, point being, I can understand why AA isn't in a hurry to replace those workhorse a/c - the Super 80s, and the 752s (w/o winglets, btw). They're smooth-riding and do the job well (of all the planes on the trip, it was the 738 that had a mechanical problem that lead to a delay..). That said, where does AA sit with replacing these in the fleet? Has anything been announced, or are we still in the rumour stage of things?