Increased attention for the Fokker 70

Increased attention for the Fokker 70

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The Fokker 70 was the last model to be built by Fokker and of the 47 produced, no fewer than 45 remain fully airworthy. Given this excellent record, the Fokker 70 has been receiving increasing attention from regional and charter airlines seeking low-cost equipment upgrades. Similarly, corporations that operate air links for staff and potential military operators needing troop and VIP transport aircraft are looking seriously at the Fokker 70.

To stimulate interest in its aircraft, Fokker Services has initiated the FLYFokker programme, which has led to collaboration with South Africa’s AirQuarius Aviation and SKA Air & Logistics, based in Dubai, UAE. The first fruit of this collaboration may be seen in the static display here at Ysterplaat, where a South African-registered Fokker 70 indicates that SKA SA Aircraft Leasing is ready for business.

Delivered by Fokker Services, the SKA aircraft has had a full heavy maintenance inspection and is configured to carry 75 passengers. As part of the FLYFokker programme, the aircraft will be fully supported by the Take Off solution, which includes comprehensive training, logistics, MRO and engineering services. This will enable SKA to serve customers with the highest aircraft reliability.

SKA has welcomed the Fokker 70 as an important addition to its fleet, as it will provide a unique capability to expand its role in supporting its niche market of operating in harsh and difficult environments throughout the Middle East and Africa.

Welcoming the new development, Erik Goedhart, Fokker Services’ VP, marketing and sales, noted that since the FLYFokker programme was launched last year, many new companies have started Fokker operations as a cost-effective and reliable solution to their requirements.

Goedhart expects more new operators to start flying Fokker 70 aircraft in the Middle East and Africa, such as AirQuarius, which currently operates 15 Fokker F28 jets. Flight crews operating the Fokker 70 have the same type rating as for the larger Fokker 100, which Goedhart observes is also finding new operators. Moreover, as there are many F27 turboprops still flying in Africa, refurbished F50s are seen to be their logical successors.

Source: Africa Aerospace & Defence 2010 Exhibition