The Fokker company tested several F100 modifications, including the 80-seat Fokker 80 and the enlarged Fokker 130, but in 1992 it settled on the 70-seat Fokker 70. In terms of size, this aircraft with Tau 620 engines corresponded to the F28-4000 model. It could become the foundation of the Fokker JetLine family of regional jet aircraft. However, the company got bogged down in discussions with its new owner, DASA, as a result, the development and marketing of the F70 were complicated, and there were no new orders from air carriers.
The second instance of the F100 was cut to assemble the prototype F70, which first took off on April 2, 1993. The F70 program was officially launched at an air show in Paris in June 1993, when the Indonesian airlines Sempati Air and Pelita Air Service placed a combined order for 15 aircraft with a possible delivery of five more aircraft. The first European customer was the British Midlands. On November 16, 1993, she signed a long-term lease for five F70s and four F100s, replacing the old DC-9s. The first American customer is Mesa Air. On December 10, 1993, she acquired two airliners with an option for another six aircraft.
In 1994, the F70 successfully passed the flight test program, turning out to be even faster and less noisy than expected. FAA and Holland certification was obtained on October 14, 1994. The first production aircraft was delivered on October 25, 1994, to Ford Motor Company in a 48-seat corporate version. On March 9, 1995, the first deliveries of Sempati Air began.
On June 9, 1994, Fokker delivered its 250th aircraft to the United States, which is also the 75th aircraft for American Airlines. But after the transition under the control of the DASA concern, the company’s affairs went worse. Market overcrowding and fierce competition have undermined the sale of its good but expensive aircraft. In 1996, half of the staff had to be fired to cut costs and try to remain competitive. But in January 1996, Daimler-Benz (formerly DASA) withdrew its investment. There were no other buyers to save the company, and on March 15, Fokker announced its bankruptcy. The completion of unfinished aircraft continued for some time, but with the end of the company, the era of jetliners Fokker ended. The last F100 was delivered to the Brazilian company TAM on March 21, 1996. KLM received the las F70 on April 18, 1997. In total, 280 F100 and 45 F70 aircraft were assembled.
The aircraft is equipped with an EFIS digital avionics system manufactured by the American company Collins with six color displays to display information about the flight and operation of the on-board systems and power plant. There is a built-in system for diagnosing the condition of on-board systems. All avionics comply with the ARINC 700 standard. 2 Rolls-Royce Tay Mk.620 turbofan engines (6,290 kgs thrust) are installed. It was mass-produced in 1994-1996. By September 1995, 67 aircraft were sold. Serial production ceased due to the bankruptcy of Fokker.
- Modification F.70
- Wingspan, m 28.08
- Length of the aircraft, m 30.91
- The height of the aircraft, m 8.51
- Wing Area, m2 93.50
- Weight kg empty aircraft 22780; maximum take-off 36740
- Fuel, l 9640
- Engine type 2 turbofan engine Rolls-Royce Tay Mk.620
- Thrust, kgs 2 x 6290
- Cruising speed, km / h 850
- Range, km 2000
- Practical ceiling, m 10700
- Crew 2
- Payload: 70-79 passengers or 9190 kg of cargo.