Farewell KLM Fokker 70 Flight
The sad farewell of the KLM Fokker 70 fleet is upon us, ending a long history between the Dutch national carrier and the now-defunct manufacturer.
At one time Fokker was behind some of the world’s most innovative aircraft, produced at Amsterdam Schiphol airport, until its demise in 1996.
KLM and its Cityhopper subsidiary have been long-standing supporters of these home-grown aircraft, but all good things must come to an end. The remaining fleet of Fokker 70s have steadily been sold off or retired over the past couple of years, and 28th October 2017 marks the final flight of the type with the airline, operating from London Heathrow to Amsterdam.
My Final Fokker 70 Trip
With these Fokker 70s being a regular sight at my local airport, I was lucky enough to fly them one last time on my own farewell flight.
Flying a day trip to Amsterdam Schiphol from Durham Tees Valley airport I was able to experience the ‘pocket rocket’, which is still immaculate inside – a testament to the care KLM takes of its fleet.
PH-KZB was our aircraft out to Amsterdam, taking around an hour and fifteen minutes, owing to landing on the “Polderbaan” runway which is a long taxi from the commuter ramp.
Once off the aircraft I was able to take some photographs before taking the bus to the terminal.
After a day enjoying the sights of Amsterdam Schiphol, including time spent on the Panorama Terrace, and an hour or so spent on the Behind the Scenes Tour which offers an insight into the airport and its workings, it was time to check-in again and see what was visible from inside the terminal.
Our flight home was on PH-KZS, which was again in great condition and still has some years left in it by the looks of it (most of KLM Cityhopper’s Fokker 70s have been sold on to other carriers in Asia and the Caribbean).
Taking off from Amsterdam in the dark, I took this video of my final Fokker 70 flight. You can see how powerful it is on takeoff:
We arrived back at Durham Tees Valley an hour later, taking one last picture of the aircraft.
By November KLM Cityhopper’s Fokker 70 routes will be flown by Embraer 175 and 190 aircraft which are much newer, more technologically advanced and efficient. However, these older aircraft will be missed a great deal from our skies, and fondly remembered.