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Aircraft codes FKF and FJF

Thu May 27, 2021 11:02 pm

I have come across the aircraft codes "FKF" and "FJF" in some French timetables from the 1980s for what must have been aircraft of the Fokker 27 / Fokker 28 families or aircraft. They also appear in some more recent documents by Aéroports de Parts alongside the aircraft codes F27 and F28. Anyone able to shed some light into that? These are, to the best of my knowledge, neither official (current) IATA nor ICAO codes
 
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Re: Aircraft codes FKF and FJF

Fri May 28, 2021 11:56 pm

FKF=Fokker Friendship (F27)
FJF=Fokker Jet Fellowship (F28)
 
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Re: Aircraft codes FKF and FJF

Sat May 29, 2021 12:05 am

Thanks. That confirms my assumption. I was wondering if it referred to a specific subvariant or was just a generic code for all subtypes.
 
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Re: Aircraft codes FKF and FJF

Sat May 29, 2021 8:54 pm

vfw614 wrote:
I have come across the aircraft codes "FKF" and "FJF" in some French timetables from the 1980s. These are, to the best of my knowledge, neither official (current) IATA nor ICAO codes


vfw614, many years ago when airlines published their own timetables, they were not bound by either IATA or ICAO protocols to use the official designations within their own published document. While many did, it was not unusual for airlines to make up their own aircraft codes.

For example, while the official designation for the Boeing 707 was “707,” for all series, some airlines would occasionally use B3F to identify flights operated with Boeing 707-320B or -320C fanjet equipment, as well as B2F for flights scheduled with Boeing 720B equipment.

Similarly, DC8 was the original, official designation for the DC-8, but when airlines started to re-engine from pure turbojet to turbofan powerplants, some carriers started using D8F to highlight this enhancement. D8S became the IATA identifier for all DC8-60/70 variants; the S meaning “stretch, even though the DC8-62/72 had very little “stretch” (approximately 7 ft / 2 m) from the original design. Perhaps stretch in this case referred to “range.”

Published timetables were certainly an interesting look into the operation of an airline back then.

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Re: Aircraft codes FKF and FJF

Mon May 31, 2021 8:50 pm

vfw614 wrote:
I have come across the aircraft codes "FKF" and "FJF" in some French timetables from the 1980s for what must have been aircraft of the Fokker 27 / Fokker 28 families or aircraft. They also appear in some more recent documents by Aéroports de Parts alongside the aircraft codes F27 and F28. Anyone able to shed some light into that? These are, to the best of my knowledge, neither official (current) IATA nor ICAO codes


I have been thinking about this as I remember these codes from 1980s timetables (BA, KL, AF etc.) I don't know when that changed though because I would instinctively write F27 and F28 now...

I wonder if it had anything to do with the introduction of the Fokker 50 and Fokker 100: F50 and F10 respectively...that seems to be about the same time that FKF and FJF fell out of use

edit: is my memory faulty? was the F100 code simply; 100?
 
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Re: Aircraft codes FKF and FJF

Tue Jun 01, 2021 12:27 am

LHRBFSTrident wrote:
vfw614 wrote:

was the F100 code simply; 100?


LHRBFSTrident, you are correct. The IATA identifier for Fokker 100 is "100."

IATA / ICAO:

Fokker F50: F50 / F50

Fokker 100: 100 / F100

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