KLM today closed the book
on 90 years of history, operating what is likely to be its last scheduled service aboard a propeller-driven plane when a KLM CityHopper Fokker 50 made the journey from London Heathrow to Amsterdam Schiphol.
KLM has been operating Fokker aircraft almost as long as it has been around
--the carrier's first flights were with a leased de Havilland DH-16 in 1919, interestingly on the same London-Amsterdam route that closed KLM's Fokker 50 run. In early 1920, it started operating a Fokker II and III. CityHopper still operates Fokker 70s and 100s, but they are slowly being phased out by Embraer 190s
. (The carrier's jet age began in March 1960 with the introduction of DC-8 service in this airplane
As for the Fokker 50, here's some of what the OEM had to say about it...back when the OEM existed.