The Fokker 70 is a 70 seat, twin engine aircraft and is designed as smaller version of the Fokker F100 aircraft. Fokker started development of the F70 in November 1992 in order to replace the aging fleet of Fokker F28 Fellowship aircraft by a more fuel efficient and modern airliner. The newly designed F70 prototype flew for the first time on April 4, 1993 with the first production aircraft taking to the skies in early July 1994. The aircraft was granted certification on October 14, 1994 with the delivery of the new to its first customer, Ford Motor Company, taking place only a few weeks later. Since Fokker ceased production of its aircraft, the final Fokker F-70 was delivered in April 1997. In total, 48 aircraft have been build including one prototype.
Although Fokker officially ceased operations in 1997, many attempts have been made to restart the production line again. Under the name of Rekkof (Fokker spelt backwards), negotiations between the company and potential customers took place. Despite these plans and even a proposal for an upgraded aircraft with superb fuel effiency and performance, Rekkof is still yet to re-open production of either type. Besides, KLM decided to replace its Fokker fleet by new Embraer aircraft which indicates that a possible re-start of "Fokker" will not be the case in the short term.
The aim that Rekkof has is to resume production of both the Fokker 70 and Fokker 100. As said, discussions with a number of airlines have resulted in significant changes to the original concept. Compared to the basic aircraft now being operated, the Fokker 70/100 NG will be significantly updated with changes in the design in order to reduce operating costs and production redesign to reduce the manufacturing costs.