KLM has unveiled a special farewell livery to commemorate the phasing out of its remaining Fokker 70 aircraft.
The Dutch carrier currently has nine Fokker 70s in service, which are gradually being phased out as the airline takes delivery of new Embraer 175 and 190 jets.
One of the remaining Fokker aircraft (PH-KZU) has been painted with the face of Dutch aviation pioneer and aircraft manufacturer Anthony Fokker, and will fly with the special livery until it takes its last flight on October 28.
In a statement KLM said that “The farewell livery is a symbol of thanks to everyone involved in the Fokker’s operation and to all who made a contribution to this bit of Dutch heritage”.
“With the help of this livery, KLM Cityhopper is celebrating the 97-year partnership between KLM and Fokker: KLM is a staunch Dutch company and aviation pioneer, and Fokker is the Dutch manufacturer of the aircraft with which KLM made its first flights.”
Business Traveller most recently reviewed a KLM Fokker 70 flight in 2013, on the carrier’s Amsterdam Schiphol to London Heathrow route – to read this review click here, and for Tried and Tested reviews of other Fokker flights and operators, click here.
By 2018 KLM Cithopper’s fleet will consist of a total of 47 Embraer 175 and 190 aircraft, giving KLM the largest Embraer fleet in Europe.