In Europe Greek startup Minoan Air purchased 4 Fokker 50s, which are being used on ACMI services throughout Europe.
Australian operator Alliance is adding a Fokker 50 to its fleet of 5 Fokker 50s and 20 Fokker 70/100s. The Fokker 50 is leased from Dutch lessor GAFinance.
Australia continues to be a stronghold for Fokker 100s as Network Aviation, a Qantas subsidiary, is adding 5 Fokker 100s to its existing fleet of 7. With this acquisition the total Australian fleet of Fokker 100s and Fokker 70s now stands at 43 aircraft. Most of these aircraft are performing fly-in, fly-out services in the harsh operating environment of Australia’s interior, supporting the booming mining industry.
Latin America continues to be a growing market for Fokker aircraft as Dutch Antilles Express (dae) took on its third Fokker 100 on lease from AeroCentury and Air Panama is phasing in its first 2 Fokker 100s.
Various undisclosed operators have taken on another Fokker 50 and 9 Fokker 100s.
Fokker Services does not sell nor lease Fokker aircraft. Rather, it facilitates placements by sellers and lessors, in addition to providing comprehensive support to Fokker aircraft operators throughout the world. ‘Operational versatility, timely product and service improvements, low capital costs and continued support are the main reasons why operators keep on taking Fokker aircraft’, says Peter van Oostrum. ‘Recent product improvements include a 20 % life extension on the Fokker 50 landing gear and a cost-effective GNSS on the Fokker 100’.