For someone like Seiple who does not know much about the economics of the 717, I can say that if they would have kept the 717s, They would have saved more money on maintenance, and fuel costs in 5 years than they would have with Maintenance, Fuel, AND PASSENGER Costs on the F100s. The 717 would have been a much better choice for AA. Even though the F100s are fairly new, they are GETTING old, Passengers do not like them (Just ask Justin Cederholm who has actually flown on one), and Now that Fokker is out of business, It will soon be hard to find parts for them. Seeing that the 717 will be around for a long time (Or Boeing will), The 717 will have parts available for some time to come. In 5-6 years, they would have already saved billions on operating costs, but what am I talking about, Why would I WANT AA to save money, They like to hoard it all from other airlines.
Wow, what a post. :rolleyes:
I have unfortunately ridden on board the F-100 multiple times (only with two airlines though: American and Mexicana). I dislike it. I have flown the B717 on several occasions with TWA/American and found it comfortable in both First and Coach.
The lease terms on the B717s that TWA had were fairly poor, IIRC. When it comes down to it, they paid too much for the aircraft. American saw it economically wise to cancel the leases and return the aircraft. They already have established themselves with the F-100. Additionally, they have similar capacity aircraft coming in through American Eagle with CRJ-700s. Keeping the 717s was just not economically sound. Yes, operationally they are more economical, but not when you have a cruddy lease deal and are established with another aircraft that makes it redundant.
As far as just because Fokker no longer exists and they no longer make the aircraft so no more parts.... McDonnell Douglas no longer exists and they no longer make the MD-80. Whoops, I guess all those MD-80 operators are S.O.L.
I also seem to recall the B717 program being in danger of cancellation due to a non-abundance of orders.
One minor point of basic economics: Just because one company makes a lot of money, it doesn't mean others can't make a lot of money too.