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Thirty-six Fokker aircraft found new home

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
Featured image: Archive photo of a Fokker 28 of Austrian Arrows at Stockholm-Arlanda IAP. Austrian Arrows has merged in Austrian Airlines (Image © Marcel Burger)

Bek Air gets seven Sukhoi Superjets

Take-off of the company test bed Superjet 100 on May 22, 2008 (Image © Sukhoi)
Take-off of the company test bed Superjet 100 on May 22, 2008 (Image © Sukhoi)

Kazakhstan based Bek Air signed an agreement for the delivery of seven Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJs) airliners at the 2014 Farnborough International Airshow.

The long-range aircraft are planned for delivery in full economy configuration with the capacity to carry 103 passengers: three aircraft in 2015 and four in 2016.

Bek Air is currently flying along 14 national routes in Kazakhstan carrying up to 500,000 passengers annually. In future, the airline expects to expand its route network in Kazakhstan, establish new routes to Russia, Asia and the Middle East.

Meanwhile the Russian Aviation Register of Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC AR) certified that the Sukhoi Superjet 100 can be operated on narrow 30-meter-wide (about 120 feet) runways without any changes in design of the aircraft. Two test aircraft took part in flight tests, which were performed at Ramenskoe aerodrome (near Moscow), as well as at Karlovy Vary IAP in the Czech Republic where the runway is 30 meters wide.

Tests, including simulation of aircraft functional systems’ failure as well as rejected take-offs, demonstrated that the SSJ100 aircraft is able to take off and land successfully on the narrow runway, no matter whether it is dry or wet.

Source: Sukhoi