Although increasingly rare in the west, it is still possible to fly on a Fokker 100. It is now an aging aircraft, but I highly recommend it.
I wrote about this aircraft before and even reviewed a brief flight in economy class, but had the chance to fly it again earlier this week, this time under Lufthansa instead of SWISS. It’s truly something I look forward to.
First, I love the interior of the Helvetic Airways…the red carpet reminds me of the TWA Flight Center in New York.
There’s no wi-fi onboard. No power ports. An old bathroom. But plenty of legroom and a padded seat.
It strikes me as amazing that these well-padded economy class seats are actually more comfortable than the new domestic first class seats on American and United.
I also love that it not jet-bridge accessible. While departing from a remote stand via bus is not all that fun, if you’re connecting to/from a Lufthansa or SWISS First Class flight you will be driven to the plane via a Mercedes S-Class or van.
Where else can you fly this vintage aircraft? Per Wikipedia, both Virgin Australia and Qantas still operate this aircraft on Australian domestic routes. That’s a long journey for that aircraft, though. In Europe, you can also catch this aircraft on Montenegro Airlines and PGA Portugalia Airlines. There are currently no commercial operators in North America.
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