Last Saturday, October 28, KLM performed its final commercial passenger service operated by a Fokker aircraft. This ended a 97-year association with Fokker.
The airline’s last six inbound F70s arrived in Amsterdam from Dusseldorf, Norwich, Hannover, Brussels, Luxembourg and London Heathrow in the space of a one-hour period.
The final passenger F70 departure/arrival, KL1070, took place between London Heathrow and Schiphol. This was carefully planned because KLM’s first passenger service using Fokkers operated to/from London in 1920.
For the many avgeeks who traveled to witness the event were rewarded with a near one-hour flight in a specially painted aircraft – PH-KZU – which carried a portrait of the aviation pioneer Anthony Fokker on its tail and the words “Fokker – Thank you” on its fuselage.
Here’s a video of the time when KLM ended use of the Fokker 50.
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