Boeing 720

Fri Apr 02, 1999 3:29 am

What's a Boeing 720? Is it like the 707? Do they still operate them? Has anyone ever been on one?

Ciao-- Jack

RE: Boeing 720

Fri Apr 02, 1999 4:09 am

The B720 was a smaller version of the B707, It was designed to be used at smaller airports with smaller runways and pax loads. I am not at all sure but I think that UA was the first operator. I know that Pan Am operated them as well; although briefly. The B720 was quickly dumped after the 727 arrived. It was called B720 because UA did not want customers to here 707-X as (Boeing was planning to call it) and think that they were boarding an inferior type of B707.
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RE: Boeing 720

Fri Apr 02, 1999 6:50 am

As NYC Int'l has stated the 720 was a smaller version of the 707. You may have heard 707 Astrojet. This is what American used to refer to the 720 so as not to confuse the customers.
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RE: Boeing 720

Fri Apr 02, 1999 7:50 am

Most airlines operated the Boeing 720B, which was the fan-jet version, but Eastern had the Boeing 720. Theirs were never converted to fans.

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RE: Boeing 720

Fri Apr 02, 1999 9:51 am

In answer to your other question- I don't believe any 720s are still flying. Although there may be a few private ones in use. One of the last operators was MEA who used them up till the 1990s. Chris

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