Farewell to the Fokker

The long-standing association between Dutch flag carrier KLM and Fokkerproduced airliners ended in October. Tom Allett joined the last commercial flight

IN OCTOBER 2017, KLM reached the end of one of the longest airline/aircraft manufacturer partnerships in aviation history. In 1912, Dutch aircraft designer Anthony Fokker (1890–1939), started a company that, apart from a break between 1946 and 1966, went on to provide the Dutch flag carrier with airliners for 97 years. This remarkable run started with the five-seat Fokker II on September 15, 1920, and stretched through to the last of a long line, the 80-seat Fokker 70 regional jet.

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