Sleekjet, I'm sorry but I'm gonna have to disagree with you. The Boeing 727 is one of the most beautiful bird mankind has ever built. I can understand your concern about safety but I'm against your idea and I'm going to explain why. You'd gladly avoid flying on a 727 because they have so many cycles, well to answer your query I don't know how many they have now. But having many more cycles than newer aircraf types doesn't mean the aircraft is unsafe. The 727 is a very safe aircraft, in its close to 40 years of operation, very few were involved in accidents, I think you have enough fingers to count them.
I would gladly fly on a 727 anytime while they are still around. You must understand that the 727's are on their way out, do you know that American will phase out its last 727 in two years and a half from now? Whenever I can fly on a 727, I do it. I do it because I know that it may be the last time in my life I fly on one. It's now or never (like Elvis Presley used to sing, remember?). If you can fly on a 727, DO IT. DO IT NOW BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE !!! When I book a flight, I look if I can get a 727 regardless of the time. If I can fly on one, then I don't hesitate to do so.