End of the KLM-Fokker Era

KLM Fk70 PH-KZU in Fokker Farewell schemeOn Saturday October 28 KLM performed its last commercial passenger service operated by a Fokker airliner, thereby marking the end of its 97-year association with the Dutch aircraft manufacturer.
To mark the phasing out of the Fokker 70, the airline’s last six inbound Fokker 70s arrived at their Amsterdam home from Dusseldorf, Norwich, Hannover, Brussels, Luxembourg and London Heathrow in the space of a 1hour 25minute period.
The final passenger Fokker 70 departure / arrival, KL1070, took place between London Heathrow and Schiphol. This was no coincidence as the airline’s very first passenger services using Fokker aircraft types had operated to/from London in 1920.
Many airliner fans travelled from several different countries to get a seat on the final Fokker 70 flight from Heathrow, including groups from China and Argentina. They 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.