United Airlines is retiring its ageing Boeing 727-200 fleet early due to increased fuel and labour costs. This year 25 aircraft are to go, about 12 months earlier than planned. United is taking up its options for 13 Airbus A319s and A320s to replace the noisy, inefficient trijets. Its remaining 727s will go by the end of 2003. The early retirements will slow capacity growth, with only a 2.5-3% increase expected next year.


Source: Flight International