Date: 07 Aug 99 01:22:49 From: email@example.com (Chuck Till) Organization: MindSpring Enterprises References: 1 Followups: 1
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Fleet commality was a drawback from the airlines' perspective; Fokker didn't make anything larger than the F-100. Also, some operators were probably scared away by reduced residual values of Fokker aircraft in the residual market if Fokker hit financial trouble, which it did. I have read speculation that Fokker offered such a low price to American for the 75 F-100s that that financial trouble was nearly assured. On the other hand, I don't know that Fokker management had much choice at the time.