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Two new orders for Fokker 70

A new customer and an existing operator have placed orders for four Fokker 70 regional jets. Vietnam Airlines has confirmed a previously unannounced order for two aircraft as a first step in replacing its 12 Tupolev Tu-134s. Based at Hanoi, the Fokker 70s will be operated in a 79-seat single-class layout in airline service, but will be convertible for VIP transport when required. British Midland, which already operates five Fokker 70s and will take delivery of two more in April 1996, has placed a repeat order for two more. The Fokker 70 firm order book now stands at 67 aircraft, with Pelita Air Services of Indonesia taking delivery of the first of five aircraft on 28 September.

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