Fokker 50 – Building on Success

Part of a bold plan to reinvigorate the Dutch m anufacturer’s fortunes, the Fokker 50 entered a m arketplace crowded by offerings from ATR, British Aerospace and de Havilland Canada. Stephen Skinner explains.

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Avianca accepted ten F50s from Dutch lessor Aircraft Financing and Trading (AFT) betw een M ay 1993 and July 1994. Later re-registered HK-4481, PH-AVH w as the third exam ple received by the Colom bian airline. Key Collection

O ver the decades since its introduction, Fokker had m ade gradual im provem ents to its successful F-27 Friendship to ensure it m aintained com petitiveness.

However, by the early 1980s, the aircraft was beginning to show its age. Having rst own in October 1955, its noisy and uneconom ical Rolls-Royce Dart turboprops needed replacing, but there was no successor on the engine m aker’s drawing boar

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