Avianca to finalise Fokker phase-out in June

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Colombia's largest airline and Star alliance candidate Avianca has confirmed that it will finalise in June the phase-out of its remaining Fokker F100 aircraft.

An Avianca source confirms that according to plans announced this week by CEO Fabio Villegas, "by the middle of the year, all Fokkers will have been substituted by A318s".

Avianca signed in late 2010 a lease agreement with GECAS to take 10 ex-Mexicana Airbus A318 aircraft, and has already placed five aircraft into service.

Avianca acquired 29 F100 aircraft in 2006 as an interim solution while it was still building up its new Airbus fleet. Fifteen aircraft were assigned to domestic operations in Colombia. Avianca Brasil, the former Ocean Air, still operates 14 aircraft of the type, although it is incorporating Airbus A319 aircraft as part of a longer term fleet renewal.

Last month, Avianca signed a contract with BAe to remarket its Fokker aircraft.