KLM Cityhopper to start shifting Fokker jet MRO to Nayak

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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 process.

“For 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.

From 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.