First flying in 1986, and entering service with Swissair in 1988, the Fokker 100 is now an ageing and rare airliner which is getting harder and harder to find a flight on.
Along with its Fokker 70 sister, the 100 was heralded as a modern, quiet and efficient regional jet with seating for up to 100 passengers.
Only 283 examples were built, but some major airlines operated the type, including American Airlines, KLM, Air France, British Midland, Austrian, Swissair and USair.
Today only a handful of airlines are still flying the Fokker 100, with few operating in the western world.
Who still flies the Fokker 100?
Based in Kazakhstan, the airline has around 9 examples in its fleet.
Along with Fokker 70s, the 100 is operated on regional routes out of Port Moresby.
Alliance AirlinesOne of the largest operators of the Fokker 100, Australia’s Alliance Airlines has around 25 of the type, plus over ten Fokker 70s
Another larger operator of the Fokker 100, Iran Air acquired many second-hand examples for domestic flights out of Tehran.
Also operates the Fokker 100 in Iran.
Virgin Australia Regional AirlinesThe Perth-based regional airline has a fleet of 14 Fokker 100s in Virgin colours, operating within Australia.
Network Aviation operates a fleet of Fokker 100s in Australia, mostly on behalf of QantasLink.
Air PanamaA regional carrier in Central America, Air Panama has a handful of Fokker 100s in its fleet.
Still operating a single example.
Romania’s regional airline has a few Fokker 100s operating on its scheduled and charter operations.
Croatian airline Trade Air has two Fokker 100s operating mostly on charter services.
Australian mining services operator Skippers Aviation has two Fokker 100s.
Lazaros327 [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)]The Cyprus airline has two Fokker 100s.
Another Iranian operator, Qeshm Air flies the Fokker 100 on domestic routes.
German charter operator Avantiair has three Fokker 100s which it often uses on behalf of other airlines.
Many second-hand Fokker 100s made their way to Iran. Kish Air is another airline with a couple of examples in its fleet.
Another Iranian airline with a few Fokker 100s.
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