Fokker Services, part of Fokker Aerospace is preparing to modify a prototype Fokker F100 airliner as a demonstrator vehicle for the proposed successor to the type being planned under the name Aircraft XF100NG.
An early casualty of the contraction of the regional jet market could get a new lease on life, as European authorities consider approving a €20 million ($27 million) loan by the Dutch government to NG Aircraft to revive the Fokker 100. The initial capital injection would help jump-start an effort to upgrade the program’s original prototype with new powerplants and avionics, additional fuel capacity, a stronger wing and winglets.
Fokker Aircraft Services has signed an agreement with Maastricht Aviation Aircraft Services (MAAS) to operate the Fokker paint hangar maintenance facility located at Woensdrecht in the Netherlands. Edwin Schelling, president of Fokker Aircraft Services, said the decision for the MRO to add a paint shop was based on customer feedback.
Rekkof Aircraft, the Dutch company trying to bring Fokker F70 and F100 twinjets back into production, has said the uncertain status of the Fairchild Dornier regional jets and the demise of BAE Systems’ Avro RJX program have boosted its prospects. The firm has now joined Embraer and Bombardier in the race to win an order for up to 60 regional jets from German regional operator Lufthansa CityLine.
Name a business jet that has standup headroom, seating for a crowd or luxurious expanses for a dozen, range of up to 3,200 nm and costs about $12 million fully completed.
Answer: Fokker F100EJ.
A Fokker 100 flown by Air France subsidiary Régional Compagnie Aérienne Européenne crashed immediately after takeoff on January 25 in Pau, southwest France. All four crewmembers and 50 passengers in the 100-seat jet evacuated safely, but one person on the ground was killed. The accident occurred at 11:28 a.m. local time, as the aircraft was departing for Paris Charles de Gaulle airport.
Officials from Stork-Fokker Services are meeting with IranAir’s new chairman and managing director Saeid Hesami here at the show to talk over plans to send another three Fokker 100s from Brazil’s TAM to the Islamic Republic’s national carrier. IranAir has become Fokker Services’ best customer in the region primarily because a U.S. trade embargo limits the shipment to Iran of aircraft with more than 10-percent U.S. content.
A surge of orders for executive conversions of airliners and projections for continued buoyancy in the business aviation market at large has convinced Stork Aerospace to embark on a “major” expansion of its Fokker Services conversion and completions business.
Following earlier unsuccessful efforts, revival of the 79- and 107-seat Fokker 70 and 100 regional jets could now depend on the development of a “new, more modern engine,” according to Rekkof chairman Jaap Rosen Jacobson. Rekkof acquired F70/F100 tooling and design rights after the Dutch manufacturer’s 1996 failure.