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What is your opinion of the Fokker 100?
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Wednesday, 27 August 2008 23:34

Hello Captain Lim,

What is your opinion of the Fokker 100? Are they considered to be old aircraft or still in its prime?

Thank You

Dmitriy

Hi Dmitriy,

The Fokker 100 was a popular aircraft in the late 1980s but the improved models of the Boeing 737 and Airbus A319 soon affected its sale and Fokker became insolvent thereafter. The last production of the plane ended in 1997 and up to August 2006, only 229 Fokker 100s remained with around 47 airlines around the world.

How old can an airplane be considered as old? (See previous posting here). There was no consensus but manufacturers came up with a figure of twenty years as the intended economic life.  Soon, twenty years became the average age of US fleets. Today, manufactures and airlines refuse to agree on when old is too old because the life span of an airplane can be extended.

All aircraft components have a lifespan that is monitored very closely by maintenance. When they are due for replacement, the components must be changed and the licensed aircraft engineers are under a duty to certify its replacement. Unlike a car where most people only replace a particular part when it breaks down, a fully serviceable component in an aircraft must be replaced when the life, measured in terms of hours are due.  Therefore, an older aircraft with new components after a major overhaul is almost just as good as ‘new'.  Hence there is a reluctance to establish a definite age for a plane when it can be considered as a geriatric jet!

Now, even though regulations are in place to ensure planes are well maintained, there is the element of good supervision. So, provided the airlines operating the Fokker 100 have good safety records, I would not consider the plane as being in its "prime" in the way you have suggested it.

On 2 January 2008, during the take off in snowfall, a Fokker 100 suffered a failure on its left engine. It then ran off the side of the runway and caught fire. Its main gear collapsed on its way. All on board were able to escape with no or minor injuries. The aircraft was gutted by flames before airport fire service arrived. See video below.

Iran Air Fokker 100 Crash

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Shouldn't the plane either not have taken off? But can't it still function with one engine?
Derek , 19 May, 2009
Fokker - Safe or Old
A Click Mexicana Fokker 100, registration XA-JXT performing flight QA-7574 from Cancun (Mexico) to Havana (Cuba) with 86 passengers and 4 crew, rejected takeoff from Cancun at high speed when the crew noticed a fire indication on one engine. The crew of another aircraft waiting for departure radioed the right hand engine on fire. The Click crew steered their airplane off the runway onto a taxiway, where the aircraft was evacuated. Emergency services responded and put the fire out.
Jose , 12 Aug, 2009
You rather abort take off
Twin engine aircraft, especially those with rear engine location (Fokker 100)and especially at sea level (Cancun) can take off with only one engine. Nevertheless if the problem is fire not only failure in one engine, and the take off run has not reached the no turn point, its better is to abort and let the fire brigade help on the ground. What Mexicana Click crew did was impecable!
Chuck Seyde , 30 Dec, 2009
M.D.
I am a frequent flyer for last 30 years, and believe this is worst airplane that one can chose to fly. smilies/kiss.gif
kamran , 25 Jul, 2014
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I flew on a Fokker 100 plane - dec 2015 - got to amsterdam on klm flight and then was rebooked onto a Carpetair flight to Tallinn Estonia - later researched it as Romainian airlines - plane was at least over 30 years old - my partner worked for AA so I am quite familiar with aircraft - had I knew I would be flying so old an aircraft i def would have taken other alternative airline - tho staff and crew were very good and I was lucky I was sat at side of friendly Russian lady who Kept me chatting - altho we were worried about the age of the aircraft - lot of noise and smell and chair was mouldy in my opinion aircraft that age shouldn't be in service -
Julie , 17 Jan, 2016

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