Standard Aero (Booth No. 1153) was selected by KLM Cityhopper, based at The Netherlands’ Schiphol Airport, and KLM uk Engineering, of Norwich, UK, for the maintenance of its Fokker 50 engine and propeller accessories. The three-year contract covers maintenance, repair and overhauls of the accessories for the fleet of 19 Fokker 50s.
One of six Airbus-approved outfitters for its ACJ corporate jetliner family, Stork Fokker Services (Booth No. 875) is expanding its activities in the VIP/corporate completion market alongside competitors such as Jet Aviation, Lufthansa Technik and TAT’s Sabena Technics.
French regional airlines AOM and Air Liberté have escaped the jaws of bankruptcy through their purchase by an Air France pilot. The airlines–formerly owned by SAirGroup and French investment firm Taitbout Antibes–expect to shed 1,800 jobs, restructure and adopt a new name as part of a plan to form a viable rival to Air France.
A Luxair Fokker 50 twin turboprop crashed on approach to Luxembourg Findel Airport on November 6, killing 20 of the 22 people on board. The accident happened just after 10 a.m. in thick fog, with the aircraft crashing into wooded, hilly terrain three miles short of the runway and on the edge of the village of Roodt-Syr.
Insolvent German airframe builder Fairchild Dornier has turned to one of Russia’s most powerful oligarchs in an attempt to save the foundering 728 and 928 regional jet programs.
Under the terms of an agreement signed by Midcoast Aviation, the company will be the Western Hemisphere’s exclusive repair center for warranty and non-warranty repair of Stork Fokker-manufactured structures on the Falcon 7X. Stork Fokker designs and builds the ailerons, flaps, spoilers and related wing fairings composed of metallic and composite structures. Midcoast is also a Dassault Falcon authorized service center.
Some 30 operators are now evaluating executive and corporate shuttle versions of the Fokker 100 twinjet (the F100EJ and F100CS, respectively), according to Fokker Services–a subsidiary of the Stork group that bought the assets of the bankrupt Dutch airframer and is marketing the converted airliners at prices ranging from $11 million to $12.5 million. The airplanes are also available for lease through UK-based Aravco.
BaySys Technologies in Accomac, Va., has been contracted to build and install an executive interior in a green Airbus A340-200 for a Middle Eastern customer… Fokker Services of Woensdrecht, Netherlands, is at work on the executive cabin of its first Airbus A318 Elite, to be finished in the middle of next year… Innotech Aviation is growing and recently added 35 designers to the completion center in Montreal.
Air Littoral, one of the troubled French regional airlines once owned by SAirGroup, has found new footing following a hard-fought agreement with employee unions. The deal ended a 48-hour strike that paralyzed the regional airline in September. The unions took strike action over the company’s compensation proposals for employees who stand to lose their jobs in the airline’s planned reorganization.
A ninth candidate has entered the race to take over ailing French regional Air Littoral following the withdrawal of Wexford Capital, the U.S.-based investment fund manager.
The latest party to eye Air Littoral, which was under bankruptcy observation until the end of last month, will officially reveal its identity in the next few days. It is understood to involve several European investment funds and a French management company.