Following the Fokker F27 Friendship, an early and commercially successful turboprop-powered regional airliner, Fokker decided to embark on developing a new turbojet-powered commuter aircraft that would build upon its experiences with the F27. During the design phase, a high level of attention was paid to market research and operator concerns; amongst other changes made, the prospective jetliner was increased in size, changing its maximum seating capacity from 50 to 65 passengers. During April 1962, Fokker announced the formal launch of the F28 Fellowship.
The Fokker F28 Fellowship was a short-haul, twin-engined jetliner, sharing broad similarities to the British Aircraft Corporation‘s BAC One-Eleven built in the UK and the first-generation Douglas DC-9 built in the USA in terms of basic configuration, featuring a T-tail and engines mounted at the rear of the fuselage. The choice of a low-mounted wing, amongst other benefits, somewhat shielded the tail-mounted engines from the threat of foreign object damage. Fuel is stored within both the outer wing and the fuselage; additional pylon-mounted tanks could be installed for extended range operations if so required. The structure, which features a fail-safe design, is constructed using the same bonding techniques previously pioneered for the F27.
The F28 was equipped with wings that had a slight crescent angle of sweep. It uses conventional box construction, being built in two pieces separately spliced onto the fuselage.
Role Regional jet
National origin Netherlands
First flight 9 May 1967
Introduction 28 March 1969 with Braathens SAFE
Status In service
Primary user Garuda Indonesia (historical)
Number built 241
Variants Fairchild 228
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Fokker F28 Fellowship "Airliner"
In August 2006, 92 Fokker F28 aircraft remained in airline service. Major operators included: MacRobertson Miller Airlines, Ansett Group Australia (more than 15), Toumaï Air Tchad . Some 22 airlines operated smaller numbers of the type. As of July 2018, Fly-SAX is the only airline operator of the F28 worldwide with one aircraft in service. Garuda Indonesia had the most F28s, with 62 of the aircraft in the former fleet. All have since been retired.
|Wing area (m2)||79.0|
|Range with max payload (km)||1 850|
|Maximum operating altitude (m)||10 700|
|Take-off field length (m)||1 680|
|Landing field length (m)||1 040|
|Engines||R-R RB183 Spey Mk555,|
2 x 9880 lb
The F28s of Ansett Transport Industries' intrastate airline, MacRobertson Miller Airlines of Western Australia, flew the longest nonstop F28 route in the world, from Perth to Kununurra, in Western Australia – a distance of about 2,240 km (1,392 mi). This was also the world's longest twin-jet route at the time.[when?] MMA's F28's also had the highest use rates at the time, flying over 8 hours per day.[
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