Currently the only US Fokker 70 operation is Desert Sun Airlines, a division of Mesa Air Group/Mountain West Airlines which serves as an America West Express carrier at the Phoenix hub.
The prototype Fokker 70 (PH-MKC) was in fact created through the conversion of a Fokker 100 development aircraft. Its first flight in its new form was completed on April 2, 1993, which was prior to the official programme launch.
Британская "Midland", эксплуатировавшая в начале 2000-х три взятых в лизинг Fokker 70 вместимостью 74 места каждый, в 2010 году списала все три.
British Midland was launch customer for the Fokker 70 in Europe with a firm order for five aircraft which, along with four Fokker 100s, are replacing DC-9s. Deliveries of the 75-seaters commenced in April following CAA certification the same month.
Littoral's Fokker 70s fly services for the Air Inter/Air France Express division. Air France is introducing jet services from London City to Paris this autumn, using Air Littoral's Fokker 70s. This will he the first commercial operation of the JetLine from the Docklands airport.
The order from Singapore Airlines' regional subsidiary Silk Air for two aircraft was won against intense competition from Avro. The airline's first aircraft was delivered in March 1995.
Sempati Air, along with its fellow Indonesian airline Pelita, placed the launch order for the Fokker 70 in June 1993 with a deal for ten aircraft. The carrier was also the first airline to take delivery of the type, in March 1995, which operates alongside its Fokker 100s.
Following the completion of its flight test duties, the first production Fokker 70 was delivered to Ford, where it operates as a 48-seat corporate shuttle.
Pelita Air Services took delivery of its first Fokker 70 on September 28, 1995. This Indonesian non-scheduled carrier has five Fokker 70s on order. Two more will be delivered during 1996 and the last two will follow in 1997. The Fokker 70s will replace Pelita Air Service's current fleet of F28s.
Similar in configuration to the Fokker 100 (and sharing the same type rating), the Fokker 70's flightdeck features a Collins six-screen EFIS as standard.
The Fokker 70’s specification layout is 79 seats in a one-class configuration five abreast at 31/32in seat pitch.
A design aim of the Fokker 70 was to make it as little different from the Fokker 100 as possible. As a result, they share essentially identical wings, airframes (except for length) and systems.