07 Jun KLM To Phase Out Fokker Fleet In 2017
KLM Cityhopper, the regional subsidiary of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, will be completely phasing out its remaining 15 Fokker 70 aircraft by October 2017. The phase out of the F70 will finalize the fleet restructuring for KLM Cityhoppper. The phase-out has been pulled forward one year to cut costs related to the fleet restructuring.
Fokker disappears from KLM fleet
With the latest 15 F70s leaving the fleet there comes an end to 26 years of Fokker aircraft in the KLM Cityhopper fleet. The phasing out started in 2009 when KLM Cityhopper started taking deliveries of the Embraer 190 replacing the F50 and older F100 jets. In 2010 the last Fokker 50 was removed from service, followed by the F100 in 2012. With the accelerated phase out of the F70 to push fuel costs and phase-out related costs there comes an end to Fokker aircraft in the KLM Cityhopper fleet and KLM Cityhopper becomes an all-Embraer fleet. The future Cityhopper fleet will consist of the Embraer 190 equipped with 100 seats and the Embraer 175 equipped with 88 seats. The airline currently has 18 Embraer 175 aircraft on order, which will bring the future fleet to 49 aircraft (19 Embraer 175s and 30 Embraer 190s).