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YR-FKB Fokker 100 c/n 11369 - Carpatair - Groningen Airport Eelde in Holland - 8 August 2012 Groningen Airport Eelde (GRQ)

The Fokker 100 is a medium size twin engined turbofan airliner. Fokker announced it was developing the Fokker 100 as the successor of the F-28 Fellowship in November 1983. Fokker 100 is the popular name of the aircraft, the official name is F28 Mk.0100. The Fokker 100 is based on the basic airframe of the F-28-4000, but stretched, thoroughly modernised, including a number of key design changes. Improvements includes the economic RollsRoyce Tay 620-15 turbofans, revised wing design with greater span and aerodynamic efficiency and a modern EFIS glass flightdeck. Two prototypes were built, the first flying on 30 November 1986, the second on 25 February 1987. The first production aircraft flew on 5 Oktober 1987 and the certification was granted in November 1987. The first customer delivery, to Swissair, occurred on 29 February 1988. The Fokker 100 was offered in a number of versions including higher gross weight options of the standard airliner, the Fokker 100QC with a large cargo-door on the left side right behind the cockpit and the Fokker Executive Jet 100 corporate shuttle or VIP transport. The design also forms the basis for the shorter Fokker 70, while the 130 seat class Fokker 130 had also been studied. A total of 277 Fokker F.28 Mk. 0100 were built. Production ended after Fokker collapsed due to financial problems on 15 March 1996.

The 1991-built Fokker F28-0100 c/n 11369 was testflown as PH-EZB on 27 November 1991. The airliner was registered N1411G with American Airlines Inc., Dallas, Texas, on 16 December 1991 and delivered to American Airlines on 30 December 1991. After being withdrawn from use with American Airlines, registration N1411G was cancelled on 26 May 2004. The Fokker 100 was registered C-GKZK with Jetsgo Corporation, St.Laurent, Quebec on 20 July 2004. Jetsgo ceased operations on 11 March 2005 and registration C-GKZK was cancelled on 8 June 2005. The aircraft was transferred to Europe and Fokker F.28 Mk.0100 c/n 11369 entered service as YR-FKB with Carpatair on 17 August 2005. Since, the aircraft was not only operated by Carpatair, but also leased to PGA Portugalia Airlines in Portugal and Petro Air in Libya. Carpatair is based at Timisoara Airport in Romania and operates a Boeing 737-300 and a number of SAAB 2000, Fokker 70 and Fokker 100 airliners. When seen at Groningen Airport Eelde, Fokker 100 YR-FKB operated a passenger charter to Bucharest.

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