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The Fokker 100 is a medium-sized, twin-turbofan jet airliner from Fokker, the largest such aircraft built by the company.

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The Fokker 100 is a medium-sized, twin-turbofan jet airliner from Fokker, the largest such aircraft built by the company before its bankruptcy in 1996. The type possessed low operational costs and initially had scant competition in the 100-seat short-range regional jet class, contributing to strong sales upon introduction in the late 1980s.However, an increasing number of similar airliners were brought to market by competitors during the 1990s, leading to a substantial decline in both sales and long-term prospects for the 100. Fokker also encountered financial difficulties and was bought up by Deutsche Aerospace AG, which in turn had financial troubles of its own, restricting its ability to support multiple regional airliner programmes. Accordingly, in 1997, production of the Fokker 100 was terminated after 283 airframes had been delivered.In 1983, what was initially known as the Fokker F28 Mk 0100 program was announced as an updated replacement for Fokker's popular, but superseded, F28 Fellowship jet airliner. Subsequently, marketed as the Fokker 100, the design was based on the original F28, but featured modern avionics, a pair of new-generation Rolls-Royce Tay turbofan engines, and a redesigned wing. However, the most noticeable difference was the longer fuselage, which had increased seating by 65 per cent from 65 of the original F28 series to a maximum of 107 in a three-by-two single-class arrangement. The new wing was claimed by Fokker to be 30 per cent more efficient in cruise, while still retaining the simplicity of a fixed leading edge. The cockpit was updated with a Rockwell Collins DU-1000 electronic flight instrument system. Like the Fokker Fellowship, the Fokker 100 retained the twin rear fuselage-mounted engines and T-tail configuration, a similar arrangement to that of the Douglas DC-9 family. The Fokker 100 does not have eyebrow windows above the main cockpit windows as on the Fokker F28.

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In 2003, a Fokker 100EJ (Executive Jet) variant was introduced, these were remanufactured aircraft produced by Fokker Services as conversions from used Fokker 100 airliners. Priced at around $12 million, the Fokker 100EJ seated between 19 and 31 passengers in three different luxury configurations, all which featured galleys, while two were outfitted with shower-equipped master suites; additional features include an auxiliary fuel system to extend the aircraft's range by roughly 1,600km. By late 2009, a total of six Fokker 100s were in VIP service, while a further two were used in a 50-seat corporate layout

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Although the Fokker 100 itself proved to be popular and an effective success in the marketplace, Fokker had remained a loss-making business for several years. In 1996, the accumulated losses contributed to the collapse of Fokker. During early 1997, production of the Fokker 100 was wound up.

 

Fokker F100 Fellowship: Specifications

  • History

    Role Narrow-body Regional jet airliner

    National origin Netherlands

    Manufacturer Fokker

    First flight 30 November 1986

    Introduction 3 April 1988 with Swissair

     

  • Primary User

    Status In service

    Primary users Alliance Airlines

    Virgin Australia Regional Airlines

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    Iran Aseman Airlines

    Iran air

  • Variants

    Produced 1986–1997

    Number built 283

    Developed from Fokker F28

    Variants Fokker 70

     

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By July 2016, a total of 116 Fokker 100 aircraft remained in airline service with 26 airlines around the world. Although airlines are currently retiring the aircraft, there are still large numbers in operation in both Australia and Iran.

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