A Look At The Airlines That Still Fly The Fokker 70

Dutch manufacturer Fokker produced 47 examples of its Fokker 70 regional jet during the 1990s, alongside a single prototype. This aircraft, along with the larger Fokker 100, has its roots in the company’s earlier F28 Fellowship, which shared its rear-engined configuration. But where can you find active examples today? Let’s take a look and find out.

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The Fokker 70 had a maximum five-abreast capacity of 85 passengers. Photo: Getty Images

The largest operator

According to data from ch-aviation.com, there are presently 21 active examples of the Fokker 70 left in the world. These aircraft are spread across seven operators, although by far the largest is Australian regional carrier Alliance Airlines. It presently has 12 active examples in its fleet, alongside two that are inactive. Their average age is 26 years old.

The majority of these aircraft fly for Alliance itself. However, it is interesting to note that four operate on an ACMI basis for Virgin Australia. Alliance’s youngest Fokker 70 was also the first of its remaining active examples that it acquired. VH-QQX is 25.4 years old, and joined in June 2011. Beforehand, it had flown for Malev Hungarian Airlines.

At the other end of the scale, Alliance’s most recent acquisition in terms of active Fokker 70s was VH-NUO. This 26.71-year-old 80-seat regional jet came to Australia in February 2019, having previously flown for Sempati Air, Tyrolean Airways, and Austrian Airlines.

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Alliance Airlines flies 12 of the 21 remaining active Fokker 70s. Photo: Alan Wilson via Flickr

Other airlines

Four other airlines also have active examples of the Fokker 70 in their present fleets. Two examples belong to Air Niugini, Papa New Guinea’s national airline. The carrier also has four inactive examples, and its Fokker 70 fleet as a whole is 25.6 years old on average.

You can also find two active examples at Suriname’s Fly All Ways Airlines. These twinjets make up two thirds of its fleet, with the carrier’s only other aircraft being a leased Dash 8.

There are also two airlines that each operate a single Fokker 70. One such carrier is JetAir Caribbean, which flies PJ-JAC, and also has an inactive example in the form of PJ-JAB, which is currently in maintenance. Finally, Kenya’s Jetways Airlines flies a single 80-seat example of the Fokker 70. It bears the registration 5Y-JWF, and is 24.5 years old.

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The Kenyan Air Force still flies a single Fokker 70 today. Photo: Oyoyoy via Wikimedia Commons

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Military examples

Away from commercial aviation, the remaining three active Fokker 70s belong to military operators. One of these is the Kenyan Air Force which, as seen above, operates a single example under the registration KAF308. It is 26.1 years old, and seats 26 passengers in a VIP configuration. It has belonged to Kenya’s government since entering service in 1995.

The other two active Fokker 70s belong to the Myanmar Air Force. Simply registered as 002 and 003, these twinjets are 25.12 and 25.62 years old respectively. Unlike their Kenyan counterpart, they do not have VIP configurations, and instead each seat 80 passengers like many airline versions did. They entered service with KLM Cityhopper back in 1996.

What do you make of the Fokker 70? have you ever flown on it with one of these operators? Let us know your thoughts and experiences in the comments!

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