I can certainly wait to see a 717 in AA colors- especially if they put them in the interim TWA-AA colors. See the other posts.
BUT- I am surprised at this news. However, we have been hearing that the F100 was not a reliable plane. I don't mean reliable in terms of 'dispatch reliability' but in terms of longevity. So now this goes together- unreliable planes need a spare for parts. Hey- that works.
That is what BA and AF did with their Concordes. There were several on the ground being used for parts long before all were grounded.