LVZXV From Gabon, joined Mar 2004, 2041 posts, RR: 36
Reply 3, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1969 times:
Some Dutch firm (with an unpronounceable name!) is still providing spares for and maintaining Fokkers worldwide, based in Woensdrecht (excuse my spelling!). Indeed, all Fokker types are still flying, but with all their quirks, I doubt any 1st World carriers will be operating Fokkers by 2010. Even TAM of Brazil, after losing 5 Fokker 100s (3 had fatalities), is already beginning to phase them out, while AA and USAir are in the process of retiring theirs'. They became temperomental, and so did the Fokker 50. Air Nostrum of Spain phased them out in favour of the Dash 8. TAT and Air Inter used operate a few F-100s in France, but I'm not even sure if the latter's are still flown by Air France. The Fokker 70 has maintained a low-profile in all this, and I haven't heard of any (of the few) being returned. The F27 is on its last legs, but I guarantee some will make their 50th birthdays, while the F28 may reach 40 in some cases. They're a close cousin of the DC-9 in that sense!