KLM’s regional Cityhopper division is to
transfer maintenance of its Fokker 70 jet fleet to Nayak Aircraft Services, owing to a shift in
business direction by current service provider Martinair.
Martinair is to concentrate on
preparing for a possible fleet renewal. KLM says this will put Martinair “at odds” with Cityhopper’s own fleet-renewal
this reason, Cityhopper and
Martinair have decided
collectively to take this path,” the carriers say in a joint statement.
Cityhopper, which has a mix of Fokker 100 and Fokker 70
jets, and Fokker 50 turboprops, is being allocated aircraft from a joint Air
France-KLM regional jet order placed by the carrier group last year.
April this year Cityhopper
will gradually transfer maintenance for its 21 Fokker 70s to Nayak which is located at Amsterdam’s
Schiphol East business and
engineering facility. Nayak
already handles Cityhopper’s
14 Fokker 50s.
Nayak says the transition should
take about six months to complete and that a number of Martinair personnel will be placed on secondment to
the company. It will create around 100 job openings in the short term, it adds.
Martinair will continue
maintaining the 20 Cityhopper
Fokker 100s for now, although Nayak
will also take over responsibility for five of these aircraft when Cityhopper begins withdrawing the
other 15 from service around 2010.
Cityhopper is replacing the
Fokker 100s with Embraer
190s. It has yet to disclose which company will maintain the aircraft.