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Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727

Sun Jan 13, 2019 7:47 pm

Iran Aseman Airlines today flew its final 727 passenger with EP-ASB and will retire after flying for 39 years.

It is also final passenger carrying flight for the 727.

https://twitter.com/babaktaghvaee/statu ... 20992?s=21
 
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Re: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727

Sun Jan 13, 2019 8:01 pm

Wow, respect. I had only like 2-3 flights in my life on this bad boy. Happy retirement.
 
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Re: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727

Sun Jan 13, 2019 8:07 pm

Kind of reminds me of the '50's cars in Cuba.
Engineering acumen, tenacity, determination, on the part of the Iranians, and the excellent design of the Boeing 727 team.

I saw my first Boeing 727 on the ramp in front of the EA hanger at ATL in the fall of 1963.
It was awesome and resplendent in the EA Golden Falcon colors of the era.
Inside the open hanger doors was a DC-7B and a fairly new Lockheed Electra.
They looked like what they were, dinosaurs of a bygone era.

Now the Boeing 727 fades away. Great memories and countless trips.
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Re: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727

Sun Jan 13, 2019 8:15 pm

ikolkyo wrote:
Iran Aseman Airlines today flew its final 727 passenger with EP-ASB and will retire after flying for 39 years.

It is also final passenger carrying flight for the 727.

https://twitter.com/babaktaghvaee/statu ... 20992?s=21


Always loved flying on the 727. Both 100 & 200/200ADV models with TWA & American
 
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Re: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727

Sun Jan 13, 2019 8:59 pm

rbavfan wrote:
ikolkyo wrote:
Iran Aseman Airlines today flew its final 727 passenger with EP-ASB and will retire after flying for 39 years.

It is also final passenger carrying flight for the 727.

https://twitter.com/babaktaghvaee/statu ... 20992?s=21


Always loved flying on the 727. Both 100 & 200/200ADV models with TWA & American

I loved them as a kid except the smell on entering. All sorts of toxic fumes were circulated on the ground while emplaning. Once in the air the bleed air was a bit cleaner but still ingested engine smells (though the smoking section didn’t help much either). Air sickness was much more common back then and not just during heavy turbulence. I’m sure it was due to the poor air quality inside these older 60s designs combined with cigarette smoke.
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Re: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727

Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:10 pm

The 727's career is not over yet - 5Y-JIB is apparently still active in pax service and have been operating flights for Air Djibouti.
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Re: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727

Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:13 pm

I flew many times on the Pan Am 727's doing the German domestic flights in & out of Berlin in the 1970's and early 1980's.
Was great boarding and deplaning via the rear steps, with the noise under the THF roof from the running APU being amplified.
 
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Re: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727

Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:20 pm

Congrats to the Iranians for keeping those old birds going. I always liked the 727. I've flown them at AA but also as a passenger on BI, CO, DL, TW and Key Air as well as Champion Airlines.

I always liked the look of the 727 and also the Trident. All good things...
 
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Re: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727

Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:28 pm

Worked for many years on the 727-100 and then the -200. That baby was built like a tank. I still remember using up runway, trying to take off from DEN Stapleton on a hot summer day! I miss it except for 1. the mid-galley on the -100 and 2. No meal carts
 
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Re: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727

Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:30 pm

My first flight was back in the dark ages(read 1964) from SFO to LAX on a 727. I had no idea what I would feel. Kids are naive. I remember taxing and being very excited as the engines came to life, the plane sped up, and we were free from the ground. I think I still flew on some 727s in the 90s but it may have been the late 80s.
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Re: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727

Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:31 pm

Ah. Memories.

My first ever flight was on a 727.

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Re: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727

Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:45 pm

ImperialEagle wrote:

Now the Boeing 727 fades away. .


Interesting statement, considering that it was the Boeing 757 that pushed the 727 way. And now it's that second generation 757 that is slowly, but surely, starting to fade away. Here's to the third generation - the Boeing - if ever they actually decide to build it - 797.
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Re: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727

Mon Jan 14, 2019 12:10 am

I have many fond memories of flying on the B727.

- A milk run on Eastern from MIA-TPA-THL-ATL.
- Iberia from MAD to LHR and an arab sheik with hareem of about 12 handing out wads of 20 pound notes to each one before landing at LHR.
- Flight on a combi 727 of SAM from GUA to SJO.
- Flight on a PANAM 727.
Plus many flights on AA 727.
 
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Re: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727

Mon Jan 14, 2019 3:33 am

This is sad news for me. My very first commercial flights was on an AA 727 ORD-DCA and DCA-ORD when I was 13. It was a school trip to Washington, DC. That experience sparked my interest in commercial aviation and my love for the 727. The following year, I even wrote a research paper in school about the 727. It was a beautiful airplane.

I have flown on many 727s over the years and worked them in my airline career. When I once flew GDT-MIA on Pan Am, it was interesting to see all of the locals come to the airport and line up at the perimeter fence just to watch the 727 land and take off.

I felt a bit of sadness when NW retired its last 727 (DEN-MSP). I happened to be in MSP when the flight arrived and enjoyed a bit of the celebration.

For the rest of my days, I will have very fond memories of the Boeing 727.
 
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Re: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727

Mon Jan 14, 2019 3:50 am

Had the pleasure a few times

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Remind me to send a thank you note to Mr. Boeing.
 
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Re: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727

Mon Jan 14, 2019 4:01 am

A sad day indeed. The TWA 727 in the original twin-globes livery was always one of the best looking plane out there (in case you couldn't tell by my username :D ), back to my first trip on one as a wee lad. I looked forward to riding on them every chance I could.
 
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Re: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727

Mon Jan 14, 2019 4:01 am

Did I fly on this plane? I wish!

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Re: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727

Mon Jan 14, 2019 4:04 am

Rest In Peace. Never get to fly them.
Iranians must have hated US for embargoing them planes for so many years that the new fleet only consist of 11 planes.
Regardless, those Mahan Air A343s (aka 5apu) are rare anywhere in the world.
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Re: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727

Mon Jan 14, 2019 4:32 am

I wish I had $5 for every time I rode one. Last time was April 1999 UA DFW-SEA. It rattled the whole way.
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Re: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727

Mon Jan 14, 2019 4:34 am

kilroyguy wrote:
I wish I had $5 for every time I rode one. Last time was April 1999 UA DFW-SEA. It rattled the whole way.
 
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Re: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727

Mon Jan 14, 2019 4:58 am

I did fly on a Southwest 727! My first flight on a 727 was with AA, LGA - ORD in 1967. My 82nd and final flight on this great aircraft was again with AA, CUN - DFW in 1996. There were flights with 14 different airlines on 4 different continents, with one intercontinental flight on CO from MAR to MSY. Love that plane.
 
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Re: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727

Mon Jan 14, 2019 5:14 am

I flew 727's more than years ago on Jatayu 727 from Jakarta to Medan. Yes 727 in the 2000's was a rare sight especially in Indonesia.
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Re: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727

Mon Jan 14, 2019 6:27 am

I spent many an hour on NW 727-200s. Never flew on a -100 (AFAIK). The coolest thing about them is when you sat near the front, much like the Mad Dogs, you could barely hear the engines, so it was like God's own hand was pushing you down the runway and into the sky.

From outside, it was quite a different story. Pulling up to the old Berry terminal at DTW in the 1980s and early 1990s, every few minutes there would be a deafening roar so loud that skycaps would have to stop talking to arriving passengers until the roar abated. Another NW 727 had departed. I lived under an approach path to DTW and those 727s (and DC-9s) on approach sure were loud, even 30 miles away from the airport.

And then sometime between 1996 and 2000, they were gone. My last flight on a 727 was in 1998 or 1999 from STL to DTW on a TW 727-200.

Today, I was in my back yard when I new WN 737-MAX8 departed out of OAK (we're just east of the departure path). It was so quiet it was eerie. Had it been a 727, it would have been deafening.
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Re: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727

Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:17 am

I began flying on B727s in 1972, mostly with EA (-025, -025QC, -225, -225A) and my very last flights on her were in 1999 on CO, flying CUNIAH and IAHPHX. After the B737, I've probably spent more hours on the B727 than any other commercial transport.
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Re: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727

Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:31 am

Lucky me to have been on that exact plane little over two years ago flying from Tehran to Shiraz. It sure showed its age, but never felt unsafe on it. Kudos to Iran Aseman for keeping it in the air for so long despite all adversities.
 
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Re: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727

Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:45 am

PlymSpotter wrote:
The 727's career is not over yet - 5Y-JIB is apparently still active in pax service and have been operating flights for Air Djibouti.


The aircraft belonged to Silk Way Business Aviation, operating in full BusinessClass configuration with VIP compartments. So it is highly doubtful, that such equipped aircraft is operated on passengers services ex Djibouti, unless it was reconfigured. Different sources pointing out, that despite the "AirDjibouti" sticker on the frame, the a/c is operated exclusively for the government of Djibouti - as replacement for Boeing 727-191 J2-KBA.
AirDjibouti is believed to be a sole Fokker100 operator in the moment:

https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/up-f1009
 
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Re: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727

Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:53 am

Isn't the zero-G plane technically flying passenger flights? It's a 727.
 
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Re: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727

Mon Jan 14, 2019 2:34 pm

Last 72S flight...DL from AUS to DFW in Jan of 2002...sat in the back just ahead of the engines just to listen to the lawnmower one last time.
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Re: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727

Mon Jan 14, 2019 2:41 pm

Feeling old now. Flew many T-Tail tri-jets in my life.
HS121 Tridents of BA/CAAC
Tu154 of CAAC
B727 of DL/EA/IB/LH/AZ/UA/US/Piedmont/AA/Mexicana/etc.

Last flight on 727 was on Delta ORF-ATL (2002 I believe)
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Re: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727

Tue Jan 15, 2019 2:11 am

Flying on one today would be like riding a time machine to the 70s. Would be a nice experience.
 
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Re: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727

Tue Jan 15, 2019 2:16 am

planecane wrote:
Isn't the zero-G plane technically flying passenger flights? It's a 727.



Now this question came straight from left field. I mean, you're not wrong....
 
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Re: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727

Tue Jan 15, 2019 2:19 am

Flew many of these on UA SFO to PHX back in the late 80’s early 90s. My last 727 flight was ATL - ALB in July 1999. Wild to think that’s coming up on 20 years ago.
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Re: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727

Tue Jan 15, 2019 2:23 am

I think my last ride on a 727 was later than most (especially for a -100...and a combi to boot!). My final flight was on First Air in May 2004
 
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Re: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727

Tue Jan 15, 2019 2:30 am

I'm older than most of you guys. Worked for Braniff in the mid 1970's and that was our mainstay, the 727-100, 727-100QC, 727-200, and 727-200 Adv. Also flew on them on Alaska, American Continental, Delta, Eastern National, Northwest, Pan Am, TWA, United, and Western, as well as Peruvian domestic carrier Faucett and also Mexicana.
 
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Re: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727

Tue Jan 15, 2019 2:38 am

Thinking back, last 727 I flew in was probably Sun Countrys in March of 2001 from MSP to ORD for St Paddys day.
 
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Re: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727

Tue Jan 15, 2019 2:40 am

I too have fond memories of the 727... I felt like a rich man on it. There was this one beautiful night over SW Washington in particular.... anyways, I remember the rear stairs being quite useful!

So long old bird.
 
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Re: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727

Tue Jan 15, 2019 2:41 am

Dominion301 wrote:
I think my last ride on a 727 was later than most (especially for a -100...and a combi to boot!). My final flight was on First Air in May 2004


Same here! First Air 727-100 combi. Worked on many 727 freighters over the years but that was the only one I was ever a passenger on.
 
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Re: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727

Tue Jan 15, 2019 2:57 am

Back in the old days, Boeing allowed groups of employees who were being recognized for something or other to ride on 727 test flights... Off we went (a group of 70 or so) flew around the sound and mountains for about 2 hrs. while the flight crew was doing tests.. then a fuel vent valve stuck open and we did a sudden retreat to Boeing Field complete with fire engines waiting.. did a normal rear air-stairs exit. Anyway it was memorable and nobody would allow such today.
 
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Re: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727

Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:11 am

Flew on several of them in Piedmont colors in the 1980s. They took us to Grandma's house for Christmas and/or Summer vacation.
 
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Re: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727

Tue Jan 15, 2019 5:12 am

My first and last 727 flights were also my first flights ever. A Champion Air round-trip MSP-PVR-MSP in March 2001 for spring break. The planes were showing their age for sure, but the take-offs felt like rockets (similar to 757-200s on shorter trips).
 
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Re: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727

Tue Jan 15, 2019 7:15 am

I wish I could have caught a flight on one. Sigh.
 
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Re: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727

Tue Jan 15, 2019 7:42 am

PlymSpotter wrote:
The 727's career is not over yet - 5Y-JIB is apparently still active in pax service and have been operating flights for Air Djibouti.

Alas it’s only flying cargo, mostly qat leaves
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Re: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727

Tue Jan 15, 2019 8:57 am

Ah, the 727. Growing up in Chicagoland in the 90s with my mom being a United FA based at ORD I was lucky enough to ride these planes all the time. ORD's other hub carrier AA also had lots of 727s in those days, but you had to venture down to MIA to enjoy them. At ORD, AA typically operated MD-80s or F100s on the various short and medium haul domestic/transborder routes that saw UA 727s.

If only I still had my scrapbook of boarding pass stubs! In the early 2000s, UA publicly announced an accelerated retirement schedule for this aging, noisy fleet type that required 3 pilots. Even the youngest 727 in the UA fleet had been delivered in 1980. The shock of 9/11 and resultant drop in demand for air travel meant that UA's 727s were all unceremoniously retired by the end of 2001 rather than soldiering on until 2003 as planned. IIRC, my last flight on a UA 727 was YYZ-ORD in the chaos just after 9/11. My one and only ride on an AA 727, MIA-RDU, may have been before that UA flight or perhaps thereafter. AA's very last 727 operation just so happened to be on the MIA-RDU route in April 2002. All I remember was landing at a very snowy RDU and being told that North Carolina typically did not see a foot of snow. This was hard for a young Chicagoan to understand!
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Re: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727

Tue Jan 15, 2019 1:44 pm

Non hush kit 727's were a blast...literally, miss that.
 
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Re: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727

Tue Jan 15, 2019 2:25 pm

My last was Mach 2003. Delta N8890Z ATL-ROC. Booked it just for that plane.
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Re: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727

Tue Jan 15, 2019 2:50 pm

PlymSpotter wrote:
The 727's career is not over yet - 5Y-JIB is apparently still active in pax service and have been operating flights for Air Djibouti.

Are you sure? I thought it is still in Nairobi for maintenance, and should then operate for the Government of Djibouti.
Is there any evidence it has been flying for Air Djibouti? Just asking because I will be there soon :sly:

Thanks,
Loran

EDIT: Should have read all replies before responding. Seems others already pointed it out.
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Re: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727

Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:04 pm

Hard to believe. I did a lot of business flying in the '80s, '90s and early 2000s and most N. American flights I was on were either 727s or DC-9s. AC even used them transcon YUL-YVR. Good quiet ride, but tricky to land smoothly as more than one 727 pilot has told me. Flew on AC's until the A320s replaced them, flew on AA's, Delta's, Ladeco's (Chile, a -100), Eastern, Pan Am. Interestingly the first "disposable" Airbus that replaced them at AC are now coming up on 30 years old. The 727s first joined AC in 1974 and started to leave in as early as 1984, with the rest of the fleet gone by 1993, only 10 years from delivery to first retirement and not even 20 years for the entire fleet. So while it may have been built like a tank (the AC fleet soldiered on at FeEx for many more years), the economics of newer technology caught up to them fairly quickly.

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Re: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727

Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:13 pm

The sexiest 727 of all time was the MX in the black and gold livery. I grew up vacationing in Mexico 2-3 times a year thru the 80’s and 90’s and flew on these birds more times than I can count into MEX/GDL/SJD/CUN/CZM

Other than that flew on NW 727’s and UA’s.

I flew on a UA 727 that was being retired after my LAX-SEA segment. The captain made a long announcement after we reached cruising altitude. My favorite memory of that flight was the signature heavy climbout in which it took minutes to feel like you were even gaining altitude. I remember being miles out of LA, looking out the window and still distinguishing plastic grocery bags from 2 liter Coca Cola bottles floating in the pacific from the storm the night before.
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Re: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727

Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:17 pm

kanban wrote:
Back in the old days, Boeing allowed groups of employees who were being recognized for something or other to ride on 727 test flights... Off we went (a group of 70 or so) flew around the sound and mountains for about 2 hrs. while the flight crew was doing tests.. then a fuel vent valve stuck open and we did a sudden retreat to Boeing Field complete with fire engines waiting.. did a normal rear air-stairs exit. Anyway it was memorable and nobody would allow such today.


It's too bad those kinds of events don't happen any more, but there's a prudent reason behind it. "Let's take all of our high-performing employees and stick them on one test flight." :o

I've always liked the 727 but I don't recall ever being on it. I would have been young at the time, and probably would not have noticed the significance of being on it. Now I would.
 
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Re: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727

Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:26 pm

The 727 will always be one of my all time favorites. I didn't fly on it much, 2 possibly 3 times, I remember 2 for sure. I was always happy to see when I was going on one. To me it always had a powerful feel to it, and it it always felt like the climb out a bit steeper than the most of the other flights. Interesting that it is Iran flying the last one, just a few years ago they were also flying a 707 and were the last to retire it from pax service.

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