KLM announced that its final Fokker 70 flight will take place on October 28th, ending a 97-year partnership between the airline and Dutch aircraft manufacturer Fokker.
Six flights have been published in the schedule with KLM, all arriving the evening of October 28th. KLM says that seats are still available on some of these flights, bookable at www.klm.com.
- Düsseldorf – Amsterdam, KL1862, arrival Amsterdam 19:05
- Norwich – Amsterdam, KL1512, arrival Amsterdam 19:15
- Hannover – Amsterdam, KL1912, arrival Amsterdam 19:15
- Brussels – Amsterdam, KL1732, arrival Amsterdam 19:15
- Luxembourg – Amsterdam, KL1746, arrival Amsterdam 19:35
- London Heathrow – Amsterdam, KL1070, arrival Amsterdam 20:30
KLM’s first Fokker flight took place on September 15th, 1920, when one of two Fokker IIs in the airline’s fleet took off to London’s Croyden Airport. Since then, the airline’s Fokker fleet has spanned the globe, being the airline’s choice to operate the airline’s flagship route to the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia) in the 1920s and 1930s, and operating KLM’s first transatlantic flights to Curaçao in the mid-1930s.
In June, KLM began its Fokker 70 phase-out with the unveiling of a special farewell livery. PH-KZU was painted with special “Thank you Fokker” titles, and the KLM logo on the tail was replaced with the face of Anthony Fokker, the founder of Fokker Aircraft and a Dutch aviation pioneer.
KLM or its subsidiaries have operated nearly every type of Fokker aircraft produced, and KLM’s subsidiary KLM Cityhopper has flown the Fokker 70 since 1996. KLM began replacing its Fokker 70 and Fokker 100 (a longer version of the Fokker 70) fleet back in 2008 when it took delivery of its first Embraer E-Jet aircraft. By 2018, the airline will be operating almost 50 Embraer E-Jets, and will have the largest fleet in Europe.
In addition to commercial service, KLM also operates one Fokker 70 as a VIP transport for the Dutch Government; the aircraft will be replaced by a Boeing 737 BBJ. The aircraft will be outfitted by GKN Fokker with 24 seats, however interior and livery renderings are unavailable.
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