American Airlines, my carrier of choice, will finally replace its fleet of awful MD-80s, many of which it inherited from TWA:
The acquisition of 76 Boeing 737-800s through early 2011 represents a doubling of that airplane model flown by Ft Worth-based American.
All the new planes will be based at O'Hare International Airport.
The move also will lead to the eventual retirement of American's McDonnell Douglas MD-80s--a reliable but noisy aircraft that gulps 35 percent more fuel than the 737-800.
American plans to phase out its 280 MD-80s over about 10 years, said Dan Garton, the carrier's executive vice president of marketing.
"All of the new planes will be based at O'Hare..." Sigh. That makes me so happy.