The Fokker 70 is a short-range twinjet powered by two Rolls-Royce Tay 620 turbofans. Manufactured by the Dutch Fokker company, the aircraft first flew on 4 April 1993 and entered airline service with Sempati Air in March 1995.
A total of 4.62 metres was removed from the Fokker 100 to create the plane, which has a maximum capacity of 85 passengers. It can fly up to 3,410 kilometres or 2,119 miles.
Fokker 70 Videos
Following on from the last video about the French Latécoère 631 flying boat, this time we stay in Europe to look at the Fokker 70. The promotional video, called “Fokker 100 The Market Strategist” is produced by the manufacturer. Everything in it applies to the F70 as well.
There is quite a good flavour of the 1990s airline operations, with big hair and moustaches on the USAir staff! I also enjoyed the interesting close up shots of the aircraft, which are certainly worth seeing. And is that narrator Australian? Now for a quick two minute look at the actual Fokker 70.
Some excellent shots of the aeroplane in that one, and when you compare the videos, you can see clearly that they are very similar all round.
Due to Fokker going bankrupt, only 48 Fokker 70s were produced between 1992 and 1997. Most of them still exist, with the largest concentration located in Australia at Alliance Airlines, who have 16.
Other than that, you would be hard pressed to find them, since airlines like KLM have retired the aircraft from active service. Even so, they are going strong, for now.
Have you ever been on board a Fokker 70? What was it like? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.
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