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Aircraft operating data: Boeing 727-200, 757-200, 767, British Aerospace 146.

This comparison of 100- to 200-seat aircraft highlights the differences between the economics of old technology versus new. The industry Boeing 727-200 workhorse continues to show its staying power compared to new technology aircraft. As long as fuel prices remain at reasonable levels the 727 appears to have a longer life expectancy than many previously anticipated. The current trend in wage reductions and efficiency further support this possibility.

The two-crew, two-engine Boeing 757s and 767 exhibit outstanding economics of new technology. Crew costs per block hour, based on weighted averages, are 14.43% and 2.29%, respectively, less than the 727, Maintenance costs per block are 76. …

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