This month 25 years ago, American Airlines placed a large order for 110 Fokker 100s, 757s and 767s.
American Airlines ordered 75 Fokker 100s, partly to replace some of its aging 727-100s, in March 1989. Deliveries began in July 1991 and continued until June 1994. American Airlines operated the type until September 2004 when it pulled the last one from service.
Most of these aircraft continued to see service with other carriers, particularly in Europe and South America. According to Aviation Week Fleet Intelligence Network's database, 53 of these Fokker 100s are still around today with the remaining 22 having been permanently retired.
American Airlines also ordered 25 757s and 10 767-300ERs in an effort to continue modernizing its fleet. Both types remain a large part of American's fleet today. Interestingly, American Airlines ordered 15 757s powered by the PW2037 in 1981 only to cancel that order a few years later. American ordered the 757 again in May 1988, but this time with RB211s, and eventually ordered a total of 126 of the type through January 2001.
Other orders from March 1989 include:
Air Europe - 11 Fokker 100s (8 later cancelled)
Alitalia - 10 MD-82s
GPA Group - 1 MD-11 (later cancelled)
Aeromaritime - 2 737-300s
Air UK Leisure - 2 737-400s
Hispania Lineas Aereas - 2 757s (later cancelled)
UPS - 10 757-200Fs
Air Zimbabwe - 1 767-200ER
VARIG - 4 767-300ERs
Europe Aero Service - 2 A310s (later cancelled)
Air Malta - 1 A320
La Tur Charter Airlines - 2 A320s (later cancelled)
Ansett Australia - 3 A320s
TAP Air Portugal - 2 A340s