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  •  Mostly it's the fuel cost (8+ / 0-)

    Fuel is a big expense for an airline and the newer planes are much more efficient.

    Noise is another issue. 727s have a tough time meeting the newer noise rules for some airports.

    Age is also an issue. You can keep a plane flying for a very long time, but it gets to be more and more expensive as it gets older.

    At some point it's cheaper to buy a new(er) one.

    If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!

    by Major Kong on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 12:05:22 PM PST

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    •  It might be fuel today (2+ / 0-)
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      but back in the mid-late 60's both the 737 and DC-9 were introduced with 2 man cockpits.

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      by markdd on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 01:26:39 PM PST

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      we had a retired airline pilot call in to the San Bernardino Int'l airport complaining about our 747-8 test AC coming in to land with the engines off ... we were laughing our asses off, he couldn't hear em!

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      by FreeTradeIsYourEpitaph on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 02:09:25 PM PST

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