Helvetic Airways says goodbye to its legendary Fokker F100

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On 14 June 2019, Swiss airline Helvetic Airways said goodbye to its legendary Fokker 100, after a tour over Switzerland and a flight to Bratislava. Helvetic was flying this type of aircraft since 2003.

It is the end of an era for the Swiss airline; it has been announced more than 9 days ago via Facebook.

The final 56 minutes flight, 2L100 / OAW100, was operated this morning by the last Fokker F100 in service for Helvetic, HB-JVG, with the press on board. The aircraft got a water salute after landing.

© Helvetic Airways / Zürich Airport / Nicolas Bruni / Tis Meyer

© Helvetic Airways / Zürich Airport / Nicolas Bruni / Tis Meyer
© Helvetic Airways / Zürich Airport / Nicolas Bruni / Tis Meyer

The aircraft has been ferried later to Bratislava, Slovakia, and joined HB-JVF, which flew yesterday to Bratislava as well. These 2 aircraft were used as operational reserve since early June.

Helvetic was operating the Fokker 100 since November 2003, when the airline was launched with its distinctive lollipop livery:

Helvetic Airways had up to 9 Fokker F100s in its fleet, before acquiring 11 Embraer ERJ-190s from 2014.

Helvetic Airways has still 12 Embraer E2-190s on order, and the first one (to be registered HB-AZA) is expected in autumn, said the airline.

3 airlines in Europe are still operating with Fokker 100: Montenegro Airlines (2), Tus Airways (2) and Carpatair (3).

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