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Fokker 70

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Fokker 70
KLM CityHopper Fokker 70 shortly after takeoff
Type Airliner
Manufacturer Fokker
Maiden flight April 4 1993
Introduced October 1994 with Ford Motor Company
Primary users KLM Cityhopper
Austrian Arrows
Malev Hungarian Airlines
Austrian Airlines
Number built 47 + 1 prototype
Developed from Fokker 100

The Fokker 70 is a 70 seat, twin engine jet airliner developed as a smaller version of the larger, 100 seat Fokker 100 jetliner.


The Fokker company of the Netherlands started to develop the airliner in November 1992 with an aim to replace its aging Fokker F28 airliner, with a more modern and fuel efficient aircraft. The Fokker 70's first flight occurred on April 4 1993 and the first production aircraft flew for the first time in July 1994. Certification was granted on October 14 1994, while the first delivery of a Fokker 70 to a customer, Ford Motor Company (in an "Executive Jet" configuration), occurred later in the same month.

Most Fokker 70 aircraft were delivered for service in Europe, but in 1995 two aircraft were delivered to America West Express as part of an effort to try to introduce the Fokker 70 to the United States.[citation needed] Although the earlier Fokker 100 did moderately well in the United States with orders from American Airlines and USAir (now US Airways), only two aircraft were ever delivered for service in the United States.[citation needed] After Fokker's bankruptcy in 1996 ended any hopes of further production for the United States, the two America West Express aircraft became an expensive subfleet and were sent to Europe in 1997, ending the very short tenure of Fokker 70 operation in the United States.[citation needed]

The last ever Fokker 70 was delivered in April 1997, when the production line closed following Fokker's bankcruptcy the previous year, in March 1996. Over the 70's short production life, 47 were built.

Although official production of the Fokker 70 is completed, rekkof ("Fokker" spelt backwards) has, since 1999, tried to negotiate the re-opening of both the Fokker 100 and Fokker 70 lines. Despite these plans, however, Rekkof is still yet to re-open production of either type.


Of the 47 Fokker 70s ever built, in May 2007 a total of 39 Fokker 70 aircraft remain in airline service around the world, operating for the following airlines:

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General features

  • Max. passengers: 80
  • Max. capacity: 8,300 kg (18,300 lb)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 38,100 kg (84,000 lb)
  • Max. engine thrust: two engines, each 6,300 kgf (13,850 lbf, 62 kN)
  • Wingspan: 28.08 m (92 ft 2 in)
  • Length: 30.91 m (101 ft 5 in)
  • Height: 8.51 m (27 ft 11 in)
  • Wing area: 93.5 m² (1006 ft²)
  • Operating empty weight: 22,673 kg (49,985 lb)


  • Cruise speed: 743 km/h (Mach 0.75)
  • Max. range: 2,040 km (1,085 nm)
  • Service ceiling: 35,000 ft

Specs source: The Fokker 70


  1. Flight International, 3-9 October 2006

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