Posted on: 12 September 2017
KLM is ramping up the nostalgia as it nears the end of a 97-year partnership between the airline and Fokker.
The airline says it “wants to reflect in appropriate style on the end of the 97-year partnership between KLM and Fokker. The phasing out of the Fokker 70 at KLM Cityhopper marks the end of an extraordinary period for the Dutch airline industry”.
The planned final Fokker flight will be out of London Heathrow on 28 October this year, with KLM saying that with so many KLM fans wanting to be aboard one of the last flights, it is publishing the schedule for its last few Fokker flights that day from various routes so the few remaining seats available can be booked.
They include flights from Düsseldorf (KL1862), Norwich (KL1512), Hannover (KL1912), Brussels (KL1732), Luxembourg (KL1746) and London (KL1070), all heading back to Amsterdam.
“That the very last commercial Fokker flight will depart from London is no coincidence. Soon after the first passenger flights took place on 17 May 1920, two Fokkers joined the KLM fleet as the first passenger aircraft to be owned by KLM: these Fokker IIs bore the registration numbers H-NABC and H-NABD. The first commercial flight with a Fokker II was on 15 September 1920 to London. The arrival of the Fokker 70 from London on 28 October will complete the circle,” it said.
KLM Cityhopper began replacing its Fokker fleet with Embraer 190s and Embraer 175s in 2008.