Yesterday I boarded my SWISS flight from Frankfurt to Zurich and had to stop and do a double take: what happened to my CS100?! I thought I was flying on a brand new Bombardier CS100 but instead I found myself on a Fokker 100 pushing 30 years old.
It’s relatlivey rare to find an interesting aircraft on an intra-Europe route. Unlike on short flights within Asia, widebodies are scarce. Most routes are operated by fairly modern Airbus and Boeing single aisle planes.
When making a reservation for intra-European flights, I rarely pay attention to the aircraft type. This time I did notice a “100” on the route, which I assumed was the Bombardier CS100. I had just flown the CS100 a month ago on the same route…
Turns out it was a different 100.
As we pulled up to the aircraft in our Black Mercedes S-Class (yes… a gratuitous Lufthansa First Class Terminal reference), we noticed a very different aircraft. It had round windows like the CS100, but it clearly was something else. Indeed, it was a Fokker 100.
My flight was operated by Helvetic Airways, which still has a fleet of Fokker 100, some more than 30 years old.
Upon boarding we were met with this–
Talk about a retro throwback! It was a 35-mintue flight, so it’s not like there was much time to enjoy it, but the legroom was amazing! It felt like 34 inches! Compared to the horrible Recaro slimline seats found across most of the SWISS narrow body fleet, this was an incredible upgrade. The red carpet felt like the old TWA Terminal at JFK.
Enjoy these pictures from the flight. If you have the chance, I highly recommend seeking out a Fokker 100 on Helvetic Airways. If nothing else, it represents a huge upgrade in legroom.