Rekkof Aircraft will invite tenders from established Tier 1 aerostructures companies to produce parts for its planned Fokker 100NG development of the Dutch jetliner design at a factory to be built in Brazil, according to chief executive Maarten van Eeghen.
Jakarta-based PT Sky Aviation plans to start operations with three Fokker 50 turboprops during this year’s first quarter, following the launch of scheduled service with a Cessna Grand Caravan between the cities of Surabaya, Banyuwangi and Denpasar on December 29. The company plans to use the Fokkers to serve regional networks in Sumatra as well as for charter operations for oil and gas companies.
Discussions with potential industrial partners and suppliers on the NG Aircraft Fokker “next-generation” regional jet program have reached “an advanced stage” and the project is “close to starting the development phase,” say officials.
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.
Bombardier Aerospace and Fokker Services are to jointly develop logistics support for the Dash 8/Q100/200/300 through Fokker’s Abacus program. The program offers guaranteed availability of serviceable components and flight hour-based component repair and overhaul services, allowing the operator to better manage life-cycle costs, improve parts availability and enhance aircraft dispatch availability.
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.
Long-standing efforts to revive the Fokker 100 regional jet could get a boost from a €20 million ($27 million) loan offered by the Dutch government toward the $120 million, Phase 1 cost of upgrading the original prototype airframe as a proof-of-concept demonstrator with new engines and avionics, additional fuel capacity and winglets.
A manufacturing license agreement has been signed between Fokker Services and Goodrich’s Landing Gear business for the future manufacturing and supply of Fokker 70 and Fokker 100 main landing gear spare parts. Under the terms of the agreement Fokker Services has the exclusive rights to manufacture all the main landing gear parts for these out-of-production aircraft models.
This week here in Dubai, Fokker Services (Stand E556) is set to launch plans to stretch the service lives of short- to medium-range regional aircraft. The company, part of the Fokker Aircraft Group that is owned by Stork Aerospace, supports a global fleet of some 700 operational Fokker turboprop and jet airliners.
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.