The 727 program started in 1964, when PSA placed an order for 6 airframes and associated spare parts. While the existing fleet of Electras was excellent for PSA's operation, Jet aircraft were rapidly overtaking the turboprops, and the 727 was the first jetliner designed for true short-haul operations. The 727-14 was an instant success with PSA, and orders were quickly placed for the stretched -214 version as traffic was growing tremendously.

With the retirement of the Electra in 1968, the 727-214 would become the backbone of PSA's fleet for the next 16 years. The 727-14 played a supporting role in smaller markets, as well as on lease to other airlines during the 1970s. The 727-214s were the first aircraft to have Stewards in 1968, while two 727-14s were traded in as downpayment on the first L-1011 order in 1969.

With increases in fuel prices, Barkley felt PSA needed more efficient aircraft to compete and ordered the stretched DC-9 Super 80 in 1978, marking the eventual end of the 727 fleet. The last new 727s were delivered in 1978-79, and then progressively sold off to other operators, most notably Eastern and Piedmont.

The fleet statistics listed below are from PSA archives. They do not correspond with what I have seen in production list books. In this case, I have elected to use PSA data over the production list data.

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Flt #RegistrationTypeMSNLNHistory
101N970PS727-1418908133PSA 04/05/1965 - 11/30/1971
LT AS 7/30/69-8/17/69
LT MX 9/27/69-11/20/71, XA-SER
Mexicana XA-SER 11/30/71-9/9/81
Mexican Air Force XC-FAY, 10503, RR 3503 3/00
102N971PS727-1418909150PSA 05/22/1965 - 11/30/1971
LT MX 9/27/69-11/30/71 XA-SER
Mexicana XA-SER 11/30/71-9/9/81
Mexican Air Force, XC-FAZ, 10504, RR 3504 12/03
103N972PS727-1418910159PSA 06/27/1965 - 03/31/1983
LT AS 5/23/69-9/22/69, 10/20/69-10/31/70
LT ANA 1/18/73-3/74
LT MX 5/23/79-10/27/82, XA-IUP
Northwest N460US, 3/31/83-1/13/92
WFU, Thief River Falls Tech School
104N973PS727-1418911167PSA 08/10/1965 - 07/17/1969
Mexicana XA-SEA 7/17/69-9/9/81
Mexican Air Force 10505, 9/81-12/89
TAESA CVT -14F, XA-RRA 12/89-
Stored MEX 9/97, BU
105N974PS727-1418912169PSA 08/10/1965 - 03/05/1970
LT ANA 2/28/69-1/14/70
Lockheed trade-in, 3/70
LT MX 3/5/70-8/30/70, XA-SEP
LT MX 1/6/72 XA-SEP (BT 12/74)
Mexican Air Force 10501, 5/81
RR XC-FAD/3501 10/00
106N975PS727-1418990238PSA 03/07/1966 - 02/28/1972
LT ANA 4/5/69-2/5/70, 4/13/73-3/15/74
ST Lockheed, 2/28/72
LT PSA 3/3/72-4/30/74
Hapag Lloyd 3/15/74-5/24/82
Burkina Faso gvmt XT-BBE 7/88
WFU Ouagadougou
107N976PS727-1419398345PSA 12/16/1966 - 11/30/1971
LT MX 6/9/69-11/30/71, XA-SEN
Mexicana XA-SEN 11/30/71-10/20/73
WO Mazatlan 10/20/73, landed short
108N977PS727-11419815443PSA 08/03/1967 - 11/12/1969
LT MX 12/21/68-11/69, ST MX and op until 1/81
LT Aerotal 6/81-7/83 HK-2637X, HP-1001
LT Panama AF FAP501, 12/83-8/85
Jet East 8/85, LT Skybus 9/85, World 10/85-4/86
LT Avensa YV-84C 7/86, BU 10/00 EZE
SLT TAESA XA-NAD 7/10/91-4/27/93
109N691WA727-173C19505432World Airways N691WA
LT JAL 3/69-8/69, 7/70-1/73
LT PSA 3/30/76-5/27/77
Dominicana HI-312 7/30/77
Dominicana HI-312CT 1/89-10/91, WFU
BU Miami, FL 10/1/94
110N693WA727-173C19507449World Airways, LT United 10/01/1967 - 06/01/1968
LT JAL 8/69-6/70, TOA 1/73-3/75
LT PSA 3/30/76-5/30/77
LT Yemen Airways 7/77-12/31/79
Varig PP-VLW 3/80-9/91
Itepemirim Transported Aeros PP-ITM 9-91-4/99
Air Gemini S9-BAH 4/99, WFU Luanda 2/04 for spares
111N973PS727-511879790Northwest Airlines N461US
PSA 05/15/1977 - 03/01/1983
LT MX 9/1/80-10/28/82, XA-MEN
Northwest 3/83-12/91
WFU, Wentworth Tech (near Boston)
112N974PS727-511879893Northwest Airlines N462US
PSA 03/24/1977 - 10/04/1982
LT CO 6/1/79-3/31/81
Northwest 10/4/82-12/91
Air Terrex OK-TGX 9/92-10/95
Balkh Airlines YA-GAA 1/97-11/03
Kam Air 11/03-, last known existence 2006 Afghanistan
114N976PS727-5118799102Northwest Airlines N463US
PSA 05/15/1977 - 11/30/1982
LT CO 5/28/79-3/15/81
Northwest 11/30/82-5/17/91
BU Sherman-Grayson, TX 5/91
115N977PS727-5118800116Northwest Airlines N464US
PSA 06/10/1977 - 12/13/1982
LT MX 8/1/80-10/30/82 XA-MEP
Avensa YV-79C 12/82-10/90
TAESA XA-TAE, XA-ASS, WFU 11/99 MEX
116N978PS727-5118801120Northwest Airlines N465US
PSA 04/19/1977 - 10/29/1982
Northwest 10/29/82-10/91
Kabo Air, 5N-MAM, 8/92-7/95
Transafrik, S9-TBA
BU Luanda, 1996
124N124727-8118821124ANA JA8303 03/18/1965 - 05/31/1971
PSA 05/31/1971 - 12/14/1975
LT AS 6/22/72-12/14/75
AS LT MX 11/30/72-1/10/74 XA-SEB
Alaska N124AS, 'City of Valdez', 12/14/75-
CR Ketchhikan, AS 4/5/76
201N528PS727-21419683488PSA 12/19/1967 - 05/25/1972
Air Charter F-BPJU 5/26/72-6/7/92
LT Tunis Air 6/26/72-9/72
BU 6/7/92 Paris, France
202N529PS727-21419684503PSA 01/12/1968 - 11/23/1972
Air Charter F-BPJV 11/22/72-11/25/92
Air France 11/25/92
Tulsa Tech 12/22/92 N218TT, ground trainer
203N530PS727-21419685556PSA 04/02/1968 - 11/01/1985
Interior gutted in fire at LAX, 11/21/73
LT EA 9/22/80-11/85
Eastern N530EA 11/85-6/7/89
Trump Shuttle N908TS 6/89-4/92
USAir Shuttle 4/92-4/94
BU 4/94
204N531PS727-21419686570PSA 05/03/1968 - 11/01/1985
LT EA 10/7/80-11/85
Eastern N531EA 11/85-6/7/89
Trump/USAir Shuttle N909TS 6/7/89-5/94
BU Miami, FL 5/1/94
205N532PS727-21419687573PSA 05/10/1968 - 11/01/1985
LT EA 10/16/80-11/85
Eastern N531EA, 11/85-6/7/89
Trump/USAir Shuttle, 6/7/89-3/23/93
New ACS 5H-ARS 2/32/93-12/96, SLT Puntavia 2-9/95
City Express 9Q-CRS 12/96-1/97
Congo Airlines/Hewa Bora Airways 1/97-
206N533PS727-21419688589PSA 06/11/1968 - 09/25/1978
CR San Diego, CA 9/25/78
207N534PS727-21419689610PSA 07/20/1968 - 11/01/1985
LT EA 10/7/80-11/85
Eastern N534EA 11/85-6/7/89
Trump/USAir Shuttle N911TS 6/89-1/94
WFU 4/1/94 and BU
208N535PS727-21420161714PSA 04/17/1969 - 10/22/1981
LT ANA 8/31/69-1/23/70
Piedmont N858N 10/22/81-8/5/89
USAir N719US 8/5/89-1/90
BU 7/15/91 Dallas Aerospace (Dallas)
209N536PS727-21420162715PSA NTU
Frontier N7279F 4/21/69-7/71
Braniff N409BN 7/71-3/84 (B1, B2)
LT Pride Air 6-11/85, Arrow 12/85-1/86
LT Braniff 2/86-9/92 (B2, B3), Key 4-6/93
Allegro 6/93-12/94, XA-SJM; 6/99-11/00 C-GOKF
Kelowna Flight C-GOKF 10/96-
210N537PS727-21420163723PSA 05/17/1969 - 06/12/1981
Piedmont N855N 6/12/81-8/5/89
USAir N719US 8/5/89-12/91
BU 7/15/91 Dallas Aerospace (Dallas)
211N538PS727-21420164724PSA 05/23/1969 - 09/01/1981
Damaged by fire at LAX, 11/21/73
Piedmont N856N 9/81-8/5/89
USAir N720US 8/5/89-12/91
BU 7/15/91 Dallas Aerospace (Dallas)
212N539PS727-21420165725PSA 05/28/1969 - 08/20/1981
Piedmont 8/20/81-8/5/89
USAir N721US 8/5/89-2/91
BU 7/15/91 Dallas Aerospace (Dallas)
214N540PS727-21420166727PSA 06/04/1969 - 05/17/1982
Piedmont N860N 5/17/82-8/5/89
USAir N722US 8/5/89-12/91
BU 7/15/91 Dallas Aerospace (Dallas)
215N541PS727-21420167728PSA 06/06/1969 - 06/11/1982
Piedmont N861N 6/11/82-8/5/89
USAir N723US 8/5/89-12/91
BU 7/15/91 Dallas Aerospace (Dallas)
216N542PS727-21420168740PSA 07/17/1969 - 07/02/1982
Piedmont N895N 7/2/82-8/5/89
USAir N728US 8/5/89-12/91
BU 7/15/91 Dallas Aerospace (Dallas)
217N545PS727-21420169743PSA, ST ONA and LSD 6/81-7/30/82 07/31/1969 - 06/01/1981
Air National 12/82-1/84
Chancellor LT Air One 3/84-12/84
LT Skybus 1/3/86-5/87, SLT World 4/30/86-5/87
LT PA 8/1/87-12/4/91 N376PA
Aero Sur LV-WDS 12/22/93, BU EZE 8/00
218N546PS727-21420366828PSA 11/24/1970 - 01/03/1982
Piedmont N859N 1/3/82-8/5/89
USAir N729US 8/5/89-12/91
BU 12/15/91 Dallas Aerospace (Dallas)
219N544PS727-21420367832PSA 05/27/1971 - 07/23/1982
Piedmont N896N 7/23/82-8/5/89
USAir N730US 8/5/89-7/91
BU 7/91 Dallas Aerospace (Dallas)
220N550PS727-214A20678931PSA 03/30/1973 - 11/01/1984
LT CO 6/4/79-3/23/81
Pan American N373PA 11/84-12/91
Liberty Air V4-CGC, Aerosur LV-WFU NTU
Harco Air 5N-PAX 11/04, WFU MIA and SCR
221N551PS727-214A20679942PSA 05/11/1973 - 12/27/1984
Pan American N374PA 12/84-12/91
Harco Air 5N-PAL 10/94, WFU MIA and SCR
222N552PS727-2J7A20706949PSA 06/14/1973 - 06/15/1975
Sterling OY-SBA 7/75-5/76
Mexicana N552NA 6/76-10/93
Laker Airways N552NA 12/93-3/99
Aerol. Internacionales XA-TRB 4/00-9/00
WFU OPF, LIM, OPF 8/13/02, BU
223N553PS727-2J7A20707953PSA 06/21/1973 - 06/20/1975
Sterling OY-SBB 7/75-4/76
Mexicana N553NA 6/76-10/93
Laker Airways N553NA 12/93
WFU FLL 4/00, OPF 9/2/01, partially BU
224N554PS727-214A208751020PSA 03/15/1974 - 11/20/1984
Pan American N375PA 11/84-12/91
Ultrair 1/93-8/93
Capital Cargo Intl N227JL 6/95
STD LAX 4/99, in svc 2000
WFU TUS 8/31/01, JAX 3/04
225N549PS727-25420252783Mohawk NTU
PSA 1/6/70-9/81(bought for ANA lease) 01/06/1970
LT ANA 1/19/70-1/76
Eastern 9/81-6/7/89, RR N549EA
Trump/USAir Shuttle N915TS 6/7/89
BU 12/98, fus at LAX 12/01
226N384PS727-25420437798Mohawk NTU
PSA 3/17/70-8/81 (bought for ANA lease) 03/17/1970
LT ANA 3/17/70-3/19/75
Eastern 8/81-6/7/89, RR N584EA
Trump/USAir Shuttle N916TS 6/7/89
WFU Mojave 12/19/99, BU
227N536PS727-25420438799Mohawk NTU
PSA 4/9/70-10/16/81 (bought for ANA lease) 04/09/1970
LT ANA 4/9/70-4/13/75
Eastern 10/16/81-6/7/89, RR N536EA
Trump/USAir Shuttle N912TS, 6/7/89
WFU Mojave 4/8/00, BU 10/10/01
228N547PS727-25420250781Mohawk NTU
PSA 12/21/69-6/30/81 (bought for ANA lease) 12/21/1969
LT ANA 12/22/69-12/12/72
Eastern 6/30/81-6/7/89, RR N547EA
Trump/USAir Shuttle N913TS, 6/7/89
WFU Mojave 4/8/00, BU
229N548PS727-25420251782Mohawk NTU
PSA 12/29/69-6/30/81 (bought for ANA lease) 12/29/1969
LT ANA 1/4/70-1/10/76
Eastern 6/30/81-6/7/89, RR N548EA
Trump/USAir Shuttle N914TS, 6/7/89
WFU Mojave 10/21/99, BU
230N555PS727-214A215121343PSA 05/16/1978 - 10/30/1985
Donald Duck's 50th birthday aircraft (1984)
LT Piedmont 10/30/84, Sold 10/30/85
USAir N750US 8/5/89-12/95
ATA N750US 12/95-10/96
Kitty Hawk Air Cargo 10/96-10/07, STD 9/01-10/03
RIO Linhas Aéreas PR-IOA 11/25/09
231N556PS727-214A215131365PSA 07/18/1978 - 10/01/1985
LT Piedmont 10/30/84, Sold 10/85
USAir N751US 8/5/89-12/95
ATA N751US 12/95-10/96
Kitty Hawk Air Cargo 10/96-10/07, STD 10/02-10/03
RIO Linhas Aéreas PR-RLJ 4/10/09
232N791L727-2Q8A216081426PSA 12/20/1978 - 10/06/1983
Alaska, 'Seahawk One' N297AS 10/83-12/93
ATA N776AT 12/93
WFU VCV 9/3/01, ROW 5/15/02, SCR 2006
233N557PS727-214A216911480PSA 05/15/1979 - 04/19/1984
Piedmont N557PS 4/84-8/5/89
USAir N752US 8/5/89-2/22/96
ATA N785AT 2/96, WFU ROW 5/9/02-9/05
DHL/Astar 9/05-4/2/09, STD 7/23/09 IGM
234N558PS727-214A216921482PSA 05/21/1979 - 04/23/1984
Piedmont N558PS 4/23/84-8/5/89
USAir N753US 8/5/89-2/22/96
ATA N786AT 2/96, WFU ROW 4/18/02-12/17/04
DHL/Astar 12/04-4/2/09, STD 5/9/09 IGM
235N559PS727-214A219581533PSA 10/10/1979 - 02/15/1984
Piedmont N559PS 2/15/84-8/5/89
USAir N754US 8/5/89-2/22/96
ATA N788AT 2/96, WFU ROW 3/1/02-1/5/05
DHL/Astar 3/05-4/2/09, STD 5/9/09 IGM