The Fokker 50 has been around for quite a number of years. These days they are mainly retired, though you can still get on board one. Adelaide to Olympic Dam is one such route.

Alliance Airlines in Australia operates a fleet of Fokker aircraft. These are available for charters and the jets operate services around the country. The turboprop F50 is available to fly on just the one route bookable by anyone.

Adelaide To Olympic Dam, Where’s That?

Adelaide is the state capital of South Australia and Olympic Dam is a mine. For those wishing to visit somewhere a bit out of the way, the Fokker 50 will get you there.


Seating looks pretty comfortable and is, of course, all economy class. Aviation types will be able to bag a ticket, but it will cost you. The minimum ticket price for a return is A$289.18, with prices ramping up from there.


They serve the route up to four times per day, so it’s quite possible to go out and back in a day. Head up there, turn around and boom, you have two flights on a Fokker 50 under your belt.

Overall Thoughts

Australia has become Fokker heaven, with various airlines operating the Fokker 70, Fokker 100 and of course the Fokker 50. Fans of Dutch built aircraft should head on down under if they want to get on these increasingly rare aircraft.

While Olympic Dam may not be a tourist destination, it would be worth the flight. I think I’d like to try it sometime, and I’d better do it sooner rather than later, because who knows when it will be retired?

Have you ever flown the Fokker 50 from Adelaide to Olympic Dam? If so, what was it like? Ever chased down a specific plane and booked a ticket just to get on it? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.

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