Thirty-six Fokker aircraft found a new home in 2014, with four new as well as nine existing Fokker operators, the Dutch company announced. Fokker Services – one of the successors of the legendary Fokker company – placed thirteen Fokker 50s, ten Fokker 70s and seven Fokker 100s. The leases on another two Fokker 50s were extended, as well as on four Fokker 100s.
“Latin America continues to represent a significant market,” a company statement reads. “Fast-expanding Insel Air, based in the Netherlands Antilles, has added 4 Fokker 50s, making 7 in total, while also taking 3 long-range Fokker 70s to expand its international network. In Surinam Fly All Ways also took delivery of 2 Fokker 70s. Mexico’s Air Cuahonte (Mayair) took delivery of a Fokker 50 to grow its regional operations. The Peru Navy, which operates all 4 Fokker 60 aircraft, also took delivery of 2 Fokker 50s.
The Fokker 50 popularity increased in Africa. Four airlines added a total of 6 Fokker 50s to their fleets. Kazakhstan’s Bek Air added 2 Fokker 100s to its fleet, making a total of 6, serving both scheduled and charter routes.
In Germany ACMI specialist Avanti Air purchased 2 Fokker 100s and started operating this month, while Dutch Denim put 2 Fokker 100s on its AOC. An undisclosed operator also purchased 1 Fokker 100.
Papua New Guinea’s Air Niugini added an initial long-range Fokker 70 to its fleet of 7 Fokker 100s. Transnusa from Indonesia also took delivery of a Fokker 70, while leases on a couple of Fokker 50s were extended. Virgin Australia Regional Airlines had leases on 4 Fokker 100s extended as well, while Australian stalwart operator Alliance added 3 Fokker 70s to its ever growing Fokker fleet.
Fokker Services does not sell nor lease Fokker aircraft itself, but supports others who do. More than 500 Fokker aircraft remain operational worldwide, while the last aircraft – a Fokker 70 – left the factory of the in 1996 bankrupt declared Dutch aircraft company in 1997.
Source: Fokker Services
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