Strong first-half activity recorded for Fokker products

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Fokker Services has reported 19 placements of Fokker turboprops and regional jets during the first half of 2014, almost equaling last year’s total activity.

The placements comprise seven Fokker 50 turboprops, eight Fokker 70s and four Fokker 100s. In addition, leases were extended on two Fokker 50s, as well as four Fokker 100s.

The Dutch aftermarket support specialist says high durability and good operating characteristics in a very harsh environment have increased the Fokker 50’s popularity in East Africa. During the six-month period, three African carriers added four Fokker 50s.

The type has also proved popular in Latin America, with Netherlands Antilles-based InselAir taking two Fokker 50s while also taking three long-range Fokker 70s to expand its network.

Recent validation of the Fokker 50 in Mexico paved the way for the introduction by Mayair, which purchased a 1990-vintage aircraft model from Sweden’s Largus Aviation in a transaction arranged by remarketing specialist Skyworld Aviation.

The Fokker 70 market was buoyant in the first half, with Surinam’s Fly Always taking delivery of two while Australia’s Alliance Air, like InselAir, leased three.

Kazakhstan’s Bek Air leased two Fokker 100s from Mass Jet in the first half, while Europe ACMI specialist Denim Air ACMI put two ex-OLT aircraft under its air operator’s certificate. One aircraft was wet-leased to Greenland Express, Flightglobal’s Ascend Fleets database shows.

Virgin Australia Regional Airlines extended leases on four Fokker 100s with lessor Avation. The Australian operator operates 10 aircraft of the type.

Last year, Fokker Services facilitated the transfer of 23 legacy Fokker aircraft 12 Fokker 50s and 11 Fokker 100s to 12 existing and three new operators.