Avid aviation enthusiast and ATPL student Matthew Sammut has photographed one the last Fokker 100 regional jets flying in Europe (08/05/22). The Dutch-built aircraft in the beautiful livery of Croatian carrier Trade Air is seen resting on Apron 2 and with Idealtours titles. 9A-BTE has created quite a stir among local civil aviation enthusiasts with many asking whatever happened to Rekkof Aircraft and its subsequent reincarnation as Netherlands Aircraft Company? Rekkof (Fokker spelt backwards) was set up to re-start Fokker 70 and Fokker 100 production after the company went belly-up in 1996.
In 2010, Flightglobal had revealed how the company had been granted €20 million to develop the aircraft further and make it more competitive,. New models were being mooted including the F130NG. It was even mentioned that at the time Rekkof was looking into assembly lines being set up in Brazil and India. Eventually, Rekkof morphed into Netherlands Aircraft Company however all went eerily quiet during the past six years with not much news emanating from the Panta Holding BV owned company.