Fokker 70 General
Aircraft
Fokker 70
Type
Short to Medium range jet
Crew
2
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Fokker 70 Program Milestones
First Flight
April 4, 1993
First Delivery
October 1994
First Customer
Ford Motor Company
Primary User
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Total Produced
47 + 1 Prototype
Last Delivery
April 1997


Fokker 70 Aircraft Dimensions
Wing Span
92 feet 2 inch (28,08 m)
Length
101 feet 5 inch (30,91 m)
Height
27 feet 11 inch (8,51 m)
Wing Area
Unknown

Fokker 70 Weights
Empty Weight
27.602 lb (12.250 kg)
Loaded
41.000 lb (18.600 kg)
Maximum Take-off Weight
45.900 lb (20.820 kg)
Maximum Landing Weight
44.160 lb (20.030 kg)
Maximum Zero Fuel Weight
41.655 lb (18.900 kg)

Fokker 70 Powerplants
2 x PW Canada PW125B
2.500 hp (1.864 kW)

Fokker 70 Performance
Typical Range
1.085 nm (2.040 km)
Service Ceiling
35.000 feet
Maximum Speed - Altitude
743 km/h

Fokker 70 Unit Costs
Model out of production - No price current

Fokker 70
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.

A KLM Fokker F70 commences taxi at AMS
A KLM Fokker F70 while landing at Amsterdam
Tight close-up on the F70 while the right gear touches the runway

Fokker 70 Design
The aim when developing the Fokker 70 was to retain as much commonality with its larger brother, the Fokker 100, as possible. These resulted in almost identical airframes (except for fuselage length and number of overwing emergency exits), wings, and systems and EFIS flightdeck. Basically, the Fokker F70 was offered to customers with two flightdecks, one that was optimised for regional airilne operations while the other was practically the same compared to that of the Fokker F100 to give operators of both types commonality.

Proposed designs of the Fokker 70/100NG included one that had additional wingtips installed in order to increase fuel efficiency, which was a key feature with the new design. Furthermore, its looks would remain pretty much the same as was demanded by potential customers and investors.

Fokker 70 Accidents
On the 5th of January 2004, an Austrian Airlines Fokker 70 flying from Vienna to Munich suffered a loss of power at 12.000 feet. After the captain reported the problem to Munich radar a emergency landing was attempted on runway 26R at Munich airport. As the aircraft was unable to reach the airport, the captain tried to land in a field approximately three miles away from the runway. As the aircraft touched down the gear collapsed and the aircraft skidded about 500 meters to a stop. Several occupants sustained minor injuries while no fatalities were reported.

An Austrian Airlines F70 crash
An Austrian Airlines F70 crash
An Austrian Airlines F70 crash