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Remnants of Dutch aviation pride change hands

The remnants of what was once the pride of the Dutch aviation industry is changing hands. Fokker Technologies has been sold to GKN for 706 million euro, increasing GKN’s position of one of the largest produces of aircraft parts worldwide once the authorities that guard monopolies in both Europe and the United States agree with GKN’s purchase.

A KLM Embraer 190 at Amsterdam-Schiphol International Airport (Image © KLM)
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Fokker Technologies currently produces lightweight aircraft parts, cables and landing gear, plus it does aircraft maintenance and logistics. It is a surviving heritage of the once larger Fokker (Aerospace) that produced hundreds of military and commercial aircraft between 1912 and 1996 – when the company was declared bankrupt. Started by Anthony Fokker in 1912 in Germany, the aircraft manufacturer moved in 1919 to the Netherlands.

The F.27 Friendship became Fokker’s most successful passenger aircraft after World War II, with almost 600 produced plus another 206 by US company Fairchild. Despite that aircraft as a whole have no longer been produced since 1996, the latest models Fokker 50, Fokker 70 and Fokker 100 are still fairly popular and remain operational with airlines and air forces world wide.

A serious attempt since 2010 by the company called Rekkof (“Fokker” spelled backwards) to redevelop and restart production of larger version of the Fokker 70 (F90NG) and a larger version of the Fokker 100 (F120NG) with financial support from the Dutch government has so far not led to the actual start-up of an assembly line.

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Featured image (top): A KLM Cityhopper Fokker 70 landing at Bristol Airport, United Kingdom (Image (PD) Adrian Pingstone)

Dutch pride in the shape of a Fokker F.27 Friendship. This Royal Netherlands Air Force aircraft was pictures in July 1996, only four months after its builder Fokker 27 was declared bankrupt - a not so proud moment in Dutch aviation history.  (Image © Elmer van Hest)
Dutch pride in the shape of a Fokker F.27 Friendship. This Royal Netherlands Air Force aircraft was pictures in July 1996, only four months after its builder Fokker 27 was declared bankrupt – a not so proud moment in Dutch aviation history. (Image © Elmer van Hest)
The recently transfered Fokker 50 U-06 in its former Royal Netherlands Air Force livery (Image © Ministerie van Defensie)
The Fokker 50 U-06 in Royal Netherlands Air Force livery (Image © Ministerie van Defensie)
One of the Fokker 60UTAs that the Peruvian Naval Aviation commissioned in 2010 (Image © Marina de Guerra del Perú
One of the Fokker 60UTAs that the Peruvian Naval Aviation commissioned in 2010 (Image © Marina de Guerra del Perú
Archive photo of a Fokker 28 of Austrian Arrows at Stockholm-Arlanda IAP. Austrian Arrows has merged in Austrian Airlines (Image © Marcel Burger)
Archive photo of a Fokker 28 of Austrian Arrows at Stockholm-Arlanda IAP. Austrian Arrows has merged in Austrian Airlines (Image © Marcel Burger)

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)