With so much of my family in western Sweden, and being a Delta / Skyteam flyer, I have flown the KLM Fokker F-70 any number of times connecting between Amsterdam and Gothenburg airport. If you have not seen one, and are in Amsterdam, you can go up to the observation deck as they have hoisted one up onto the roof!
KLM on their news site has posted the final flight(s) for the F-70 and it seems they are going to make it a real social media sendoff for the jet. I will not be making the trek over to fly the final flight as, for now, I plan to be flying the inaugural Delta A350 flight to Japan on October 30th and don’t want to pop back and forth across the Atlantic the day before.
One of the things I really liked about flying the F-70 was the seat map that is 2-3 configuration. While there is no real business class on these they do block the middle seat and if you are flying solo you can get an extra seat for yourself (most times).
We Delta flyers have the B717 that is, at least from a passenger perspective, a similar jet in number of passengers and also with a 2-3 seat configuration in coach and real 2-2 up in business class. But considering the average age of these jets they got from AirTran / Southwest is ~16 years, my guess is we are slowly nearing the end of life for this jet as well.
But that brings us to the CS100 jet that soon will start flying for Delta and with 108 seats will make all things old new again. We will enjoy a modern new jet with 2-3 seating in coach (with a larger middle seat) and 2-2 up front. I can not wait!
So you tell me. Will you be sad to see the F-70 no longer in the skies above Europe? Are you going to try to fly the final flight? What about the Delta B717 – are you a fan? Excited about the coming CS100s? Let us know in the comments below. – René
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