Austrian Airlines has confirmed it has ended Fokker 70 operations after retiring the last active example of the type at the end of last month.
The Lufthansa Group confirmed that Fokker F70 OE-LFQ (MSN 11568) had conducted its last commercial service on July 30, 2017, operating flight OS536 from Bologna to Vienna.
As with all of the other Fokker aircraft in Austrian’s fleet, the machine will be ferried to Bratislava as it will be then taken up by Alliance Aviation Slovakia, the Slovak sister company of the Australian carrier Alliance Airlines.
In November 2015, Alliance Air’s parent firm, Alliance Aviation Services, agreed to acquire Austrian’s entire Fokker fleet, including fifteen Fokker 100s and six Fokker 70s, for US$15 million.
As of today, Austrian operates only 4 Fokker 100, the last of which will be retired from commercial service by year-end.
The Fokker fleet is being replaced by seventeen ex-Lufthansa CityLine E195s.