KLM to Retire Last Fokker 70 in 2017

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KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will phase out its final Fokker 70 on Oct. 29, 2017, ending 20 years of service.

KLM began flying F70s in 1996 and, with a current fleet of 14 aircraft, it is the biggest user of the Dutch-manufactured twinjet.

However, the Fokker fleet is now 20 years old, with each aircraft having performed around 38,000 flight hours. As a result, KLM is replacing them with more cost-efficient Embraer E175s and E190s.

KLM took delivery of its first E190 in December 2008 and launched E175 operations in April this year.

After KLM receives all its E-Jets in 2018, the fleet will comprise 17 E175s and 30 E190s, making it the largest Embraer operator in Europe.

KLM has been a long-standing Fokker operator. It performed its last F50 commercial flight in 2010 and the Fokker 100s left the fleet in 2012.

Source: atwonline.com