Ckfred From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 4927 posts, RR: 1 Reply 8, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 2450 times:
If Fokker hadn't gone bankrupt, then AA would probably still be flying the Fokkers. According to a friend of mine who works at AA, there were a number of factors that led to retirement of the fleet. But the factor that sealed the fate of the F100 was the Fokker bankruptcy. With limited sources of approved, reasonably priced parts, AA was forced to manufacture many of its own parts. This was extremely expensive.
The Fokkers were good planes to fly and very fuel efficient. But they had a low max. landing weight, which made them difficult to schedule for short hops, and they were more difficult to maintain than the Boeing and McDonnell Douglas fleets.
ORD777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 258 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks ago) and read 2412 times:
I've had quite a lucky streak lately. I saw over my house one of the last AA foker's to fly and then one of the last Swiss international MD-11's and one of the last AC 747 (10-30) at FRA. Don't think i'll have such a chance in the near future.