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American MD-80 retrement?

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I was thinking about this yesterday. I thought I heard that American Airlines was retiring their Super 80 (MD-83's) fleet as of last year and replacing them with more B737-800's? I just looked at KDFW on Flightaware.com, and they're still going strong! Does anyone know the scoop on this?

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>I was thinking about this yesterday. I thought I heard that>American Airlines was retiring their Super 80 (MD-83's) fleet>as of last year and replacing them with more B737-800's? I>just looked at KDFW on Flightaware.com, and they're still>going strong! Does anyone know the scoop on this? Oh yes AA still has a ton of them. When I go up to KSTL that's about all I see there...AA MD-8x's and the regional jets they use (CRJ's?).All I know is, the MD's are getting some age on them and AAL's 737-800 fleet keeps getting bigger. I'm more worried about Northwest's DC-9 fleet which is even older, some of them are ex-Republic aircraft!The American MD's are based out of their Dallas hub.What's interesting to me is that American does not fly many MD's out of Miami. The east coast is mostly 737-800's for that size aircraft. Not sure why...but:I surmise that it may be because all of the maintenance staff at DFW and STL are used to working on MD's/DC9's from the TWA days. ??I know for a fact at St. Louis, the mechanic labor force is very used to DC-9/MD-80 series. I guess eventually that work force is going to have to re-tool for the 737.RhettAMD 3700+ (@2310 mhz), eVGA 7800GT 256 (Guru3D 93.71), ASUS A8N-E, PC Power 510 SLI, 2 GB Corsair XMS 2.5-3-3-8 (1T), WD 250 gig 7200 rpm SATA2, CoolerMaster Praetorian case

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