727 Retirement

Mon Apr 23, 2001 10:53 am

when will the 727's retire? i thought i heard this year but i may be wrong. also, if and when they do retire will some keep them around for charters???

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RE: 727 Retirement

Mon Apr 23, 2001 11:05 am

Depends on what airline you are talking about.
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RE: 727 Retirement

Mon Apr 23, 2001 11:34 am

Hi everyone!
As for my country, Mexico, I can tell you that Mexicana is already looking to retire or sell their last 22 B727´s. Actually, they already sold some planes to Allegro, another mexican airline. That is why Mexicana already operates the A320, so they can eventually replace their 727´s as well as their F100´s. The airline already operates 16 A320 and 8 more are expected to be delivered soon. However, I think they might use some of the 727´s on their regional airlines: AeroCaribe and AeroCozumel.
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RE: 727 Retirement

Mon Apr 23, 2001 11:50 am

If my memory is correct, final retirement for the 727 at AA is late 2003.
Other contributors on here have more info on UA,DL & NW. But safe to say that by 2004 or 5 they will all be gone.
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RE: 727 Retirement

Mon Apr 23, 2001 11:53 am

NWA recently shifted delivery dates for their current order of A320's to an earlier time to speed up retirement of their remaining 727's.

RE: 727 Retirement

Mon Apr 23, 2001 11:54 am

United is retiring the 727 at a rather rapid rate (25 a year) and the last batch will leave in the year 2003.

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RE: 727 Retirement

Mon Apr 23, 2001 12:35 pm

Does anyone recall when the first 727 was introduced?


RE: 727 Retirement

Mon Apr 23, 2001 12:55 pm

It will be sad to see the 727s go.  Sad

I think most of them will be gone in 2004-6.  Sad

I am going to have to book flights to get on NWA, AA, DL, and UA 727s before they're gone.
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RE: 727 Retirement

Mon Apr 23, 2001 12:57 pm

The late 60s (maybe 1965?)
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RE: 727 Retirement

Mon Apr 23, 2001 2:12 pm

The 727 was first rolled out in 1963, and first entered service with Eastern Airlines
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RE: 727 Retirement

Mon Apr 23, 2001 2:26 pm

United Airlines began retiring the 727-222A's in Febuary. This move will help United Airlines to drive down costs, and eliminate the only 3 person cockpit aircraft left in our fleet.

The 727 retirment is going at a rate of about 25 planes per year, over the next 3 years. In January of 2001, there were 75 727s in the fleet, there are now either 71 or 73. The retirment process has been placed on a temporary hiatus as there are not enough planes to compinsate for the retirement yet. This will be ending shortly...if it already has not.

By the end of 2003, all 727s will be eliminated from United's fleet. Certain markets will recive the 757 and the 737-300/500 as a replacement, while others recieve the A320. Some cities will see the end of main-line United service with the 727 and the 732 retirements comming up.

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