Quickmover From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2508 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 2132 times:
VJET placed the original order for what was then the md95. As for the desert, I don't think there is one 717 out there. FL took almost all of the former TWA birds when they accelerated the dc-9 retirement in 2002. The rest went overseas.
SafetyDude From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3795 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 2113 times:
I assume American was operating them for at least a little while, no? How many of them were painted in AA colors?
None of the 717s were painted in full AA colors, but rather had the TWA/AA scheme. For those interested, the safety cards were marked "TWA" but also had "An American Airlines Company" markings.
The 717s and other TWA planes were most likely operating under the AA/TWA airline. I believe that it was only a few months ago that TWA was completely over. It was not mentioned that much on the news, but I remember a big topic about it.
PHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7568 posts, RR: 23
Reply 7, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 2108 times:
haha, 9/11 was not the reason TWA did not survive.
True, the AA/TW merger was consummated about 2 months before 9/11. The original plan was to retain the TW brand (w/ the hybrid livery) for a couple of years. The economic downturn following 9/11 caused AA to scrap the TW brand altogether.
As it was stated previously, AA ditched the 717s because of the hideous lease rates that Boeing gave TW.
"TransEastern! You'll feel like you've never left the ground because we treat you like dirt!" SNL Parady ad circa 1981