Leg-2 For the 2nd leg we will be in the left seat of a Fokker F-70. The leg will take us from Nantes Atlantique Airport LFRS via Bretagne in France over the English Channel and after a small trip over the English south-coast we will head for our destination, Jersey airport on the beautiful isle of Jersey, one of the Channel Islands.
Route: LFRS TERPO AKEMO GOPIN POMTA TERKU MUREL SALCO BHD EXMOR SAM ASPEN ORIST REVTU EGJJ
The Fokker F-70 is a narrow-body, twin-engined, medium-range, turbofan airliner primarily for regional flights. It is a small adaptation of the Fokker F-100. Both the F70 and F100 were preceded by the first jet aircraft manufactured by Fokker, the Fokker F28 Fellowship in a quest for a more modern and fuel efficient aircraft. In fact, the first F-70 was a F-100 with a piece cutt-off. Using the second prototype of the F-100 two sections of the aircraft were removed, making it four meters shorter. This aircraft had three cargo-doors, one more then the regular F-70. Placing the engines at the rear side of the aircraft resulted in a very low-noise plane (for the passengers that is). The first F-70 was airborne in 1993. A total of 47 aircraft were build, the main user being KLM Cityhopper, with 26 aircraft (December 2009). Also a Fokker F-70 is in use with the Dutch government as our own Dutch "Airforce One".
Jersey Airport EGJJ is located in the parish of Saint Peter, some 8 km west northwest of Saint Helier in Jersey, in the Channel Islands. Air service to Jersey before 1937 consisted of biplane airliners and some seaplanes landing on the beach at Saint Aubin bay. Conditions were difficult as timetables were governed by tides. It was also difficult to prevent members of the public from walking across the landing area. So the States of Jersey decided to build an airport which opened on 10 March 1937 with four grass runways, the longest being 2,940 ft (896 m). Concrete taxiways were added during the World War II occupation by the Luftwaffe and in 1952 a 4,200 ft (1,280 m) tarmac runway was opened and the grass strips were closed. The runway was lengthened several times over the years, reaching its current length of 5,560 ft (1706m) in 1976. However, because of this relatively short runway the island can not be reached by the bigger aircraft like the 747 or the Boeing Next Generation aircraft.