Air Niugini, the national airline of Papua New Guinea, is the new user of seven ex-KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Fokker 70s. The two-engine short-haul jetliners will be phased out starting in December 2015, when the first new two KLM Embraer 190s arrive at Amsterdam-Schiphol IAP.
Air Niugini has been adopting ex-KLM machines before. In September 2013 a Fokker 100 was transferred, followed by a Fokker 70 in October 2014.
The Fokker 70 – one of the last types of commercial airliners developped in the Netherlands – has served KLM for 21 years. The KLM Cityhopper fleet will in the future consist entirely of Brazilian made Embraer 190s (30 aircraft) and 175s (15 aircraft), making KLM the largest Embraer E-Jet user in Europe.
KLM took its first Fokker 70 into service in 1994. Between 1994 and 1997, a total of 47 Fokker 70s were built, as well as one prototype. The F70 was operated by 15 different carriers worldwide. KLM Cityhopper has the biggest F70 fleet, operating 18 of these aircraft through December 2015. Together, the Fokker 70 and its bigger brother, the F100, have racked up more than 10 million flight hours for KLM. The Fokker 100 was phased out of the KLM fleet in 2012. KLM also operated the turboprop Fokker 50, until 28 March 2010.
The average age of the Fokker 70 is almost 20 years, with each aircraft having operated an average of 37,000 flight hours and as many take-offs and landings.
Source: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
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