Adipasqu From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 238 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (7 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3804 times:
Because it was a completely different type AA didn't already have and the associated costs with such a small subfleet would have made incorporation very expensive. Reno's MD-80's, however, were incorporated into the fleet quickly.
PSU.DTW.SCE From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 7185 posts, RR: 29 Reply 2, posted (7 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3733 times:
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Reno's fleet was integrated in the short-term, hence the white-birds.
However, their aircraft were all of different varients including a mix of MD-82's, 83's, 87's, and '90's. All have many differences from AA's MD-80's and were not cost effective to keep in the fleet. There only 5 MD-90's anyways, and those aircraft were subject to many maintenance issues.