A Fokker 70 owned by KLM flies over Bristol, England, Aug. 2005 (Adrian Pingstone/Wikimedia) - Credit: A Fokker 70 owned by KLM flies over Bristol, England, Aug. 2005 (Adrian Pingstone/Wikimedia)
Tuesday, 7 June 2016 - 17:00
KLM phasing out last Fokker plane next year
Airline KLM is saying goodbye to its last Fokker 70 plane on October 29th next year, thereby putting an end to a 100 year period of Fokker planes in the KLM fleet, NU.nl reports. The last Fokker 50 disappeared from the KLM fleet in 2010 and the Fokker 100 planes were phased out in 2012. KLM currently still has 14 Fokker 70's in its fleet. From November next year, the KLM and KLM Cityhopper fleets will consist solely of Embraer 190's and 175's. According to Boet Kreiken, director of KLM Cityhopper, these planes fuel-efficiency is better for the environment and a significant cost advantage. Dutch aircraft manufacturer Fokker went bankrupt some 20 years ago. The Fokker 70's are among the last planes still in use.