Chi-town From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 972 posts, RR: 5 Posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 4759 times:
I heard a rumor on this message board that AA will be replacing their F100's w/ S80's at MDW in the upcoming future. I was just curious to see if this was true. If so, when will the S80's be operating at MDW?
Ssides From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4059 posts, RR: 19
Reply 1, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 4732 times:
It's old news that AA is completely phasing out its F100s. I would assume that MD-80s or CRJs will be replacing them everywhere; I think the goal is to have this done by the end of 2004, but I am not certain of this time frame.
Ckfred From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 5632 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 3970 times:
I'm a little surprised that AA will be using the Embrears on MDW-LGA, but it could be that there aren't enough MD-80s to go around, and there are routes that are better able to fill the MD-80s.
As for why AA is retiring the Fokker, there are several reasons.
Although the plane is very reliable, mechanics don't like to work on them. They just are not as easy to service and repair as Boeings, the A300s, and the MD-80s. Also, since Fokker went bankrupt, parts and customer support have been very difficult.
Scheduling hates them, because their MLW is low compared to their MTOW. The Fokkers were bought with the plan to fly short routes like ORD-MKE and DFW-AUS. Instead, they wound up flying routes like ORD-SAT and DFW-ATL.
Some flight attendants aren't fond of the plane, because there is no rear hatch or stairs, unlike the MD-80 and 727. And since it seats less than 100 passengers, AA only puts 2 F/As aboard. So one F/A has to work the coach section alone. On a full plane, that's 79 passengers to serve drinks. With 2 F/As on a MD-80, 2 F/As spilt 115 coach passengers.
The plane does have its good points. The pilots love flying the Fokker, and it's incredibly fuel efficient. Before MRTC, if the plane had 35 to 40 passengers with a decent revennue yield, it broke even. So, a plane that was half full made a good profit, and a full plane made an incredible amount of money.