KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) has issued this statement:
Yesterday (October 16) saw the symbolic transfer of the first of seven KLM Cityhopper (Amsterdam) Fokker 70 aircraft from KLM Royal Dutch Airlines to Air Niugini (Port Moresby), the national airline of Papua New Guinea.
KLM will begin phasing out the Fokker 70 in December this year, at which time it will also welcome two new Embraer 190s.
Air Niugini previously purchased a Fokker 100 and a Fokker 70 from KLM, in September 2013 and October 2014 respectively.
Boet Kreiken, managing director of KLM Cityhopper, presented the Fokker 70 PH-KZF (below) to Sir Frederich Reiher, chairman of Air Niugini’s board.
“Following a 21-year history, we now bid a fond farewell to our second Fokker 70,” said Boet Kreiken. “It is good to know that our reliable Fokker 70s will have a second life at Air Niugini. These aircraft are valuable additions to the Air Niugini fleet, and we are proud of KLM’s contribution to the deal. We are also looking forward to having a young KLM Cityhopper fleet consisting entirely of Embraer 190s and 175s. These aircraft are more economical, ensuring cost benefits as well as better environmental performance.
Boet Kreiken – Managing Director KLM Cityhopper.
The KLM Cityhopper Fokker 70s are expected to be all phased out in 2018.
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In other news, effective November 1, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will screen an innovative and unique flight safety film (below) on all intercontinental flights, inspired by Delftware decoration techniques.