The Boeing 727 was born out of a compromise between United, American and Eastern Airlines over their requirements for a jet with fewer passengers to serve smaller cities that had shorter runways. The 727 enjoyed success around the world, carrying passengers from large cities to smaller airports found in many tourist destinations.
It is, however, one of the noisiest commercial jetliners; as a result Australia banned it from some airports in 2010.
The only unsolved airline hijacking in American history occurred in a 727, when an unidentified man, infamously referred to as D.B. Cooper, hijacked one in 1971 and parachuted out while it was flying over the Pacific Northwest.