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Fokker moves ahead on new twinjet, turboprop programs.

Amsterdam--Updates of the F27 and the F28, to be known as the Fokker 50 and the Fokker 100, now have a firm go-ahead from the supervisory board of the Dutch aerospace company, and will be ready for delivery to airlines July, 1968 and April, 1987 respectively. The names Friendship and Fellowship will be dropped for the revised models, but the existing F27 and F28 will continue to be produced as long as the market demands.

Fokker chose to make the 50 and 100 announcement at its headquarters here on the 25th anniversary of the delivery of the first F27--to Aer Lingus. Both airliner types are to have new engines, and be extensively refined in what is a major program for this small, but tough and independent company, costing around 1 billion Dutch guilders ($288 million). Frans Swarttouw, chairman of the Fokker board of management, said that the aircraft will sell at around $140,000 per seat, which puts the price of the 50-seat Fokker 50 at $7 million a copy, and the 100-seat Fokker 100 at $14 million. …

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