| The EAC Fokker 100 aircrafts are fitted out
in a 82 seat arrangement offering a generous seat pitch of 107cm
The Fokker 100 flew for the first time in November 1986
and is the penultimate development of the Fokker F.28 series of regional
airliners. The. Dutch Certification was received on November 20th 1987.
Although a development of the Fokker F.28 4000 the aircraft has many
changes. The fuselage is stretched by 5.74m (18ft 10in), the aircraft
features a completely new wing with integral fuel tanks, a modern six
tube EFIS glass panel, new cabin interior, a host of systems changes
and new Rolls Royce Tay turbofan engines offering greater efficiency
and also lower noise pollution.
First customer deliveries were made in February 1988, to Swissair, with
the first European Airways Company delivery taking place in April of
the same year.
European Airways Company operate 49 Fokker 100. All of the EAC aircrafts
have been refitted according guidelines set down by EOAC regarding seating
arrangements. The EAC Fokker 100 aircrafts are fitted out in a 82 seat
arrangement offering a generous seat pitch of 107cm (42ins). Meals are
served on many flights.
...Fokker had really received orders for a further 49 Fokker 100 from
a single large airline?
Total orders would have been about 350 and the additional revenue may
have kept Fokker afloat for slightly longer but the manufacturers problems
were a little greater than just a lack of orders. The real 'what if'
would have been the proposed Fokker 130 a proposed stretched version
had been launched. This aircraft would have seated 130 passengers (about
100 with the EOAC seating arrangements) with new engines and (another)
new wing. EAC would have ordered at least 50, maybe more than 150 over
time. It certainly would have competed with both Airbus and Boeing.
But then again EAC wanted the BAC 3-11 back in 1970...