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.