FOKKER IS TO sell its spare-parts subsidiary Avio-Diepen to a management buy-out team. The move comes as part of Fokker's efforts to strip its business back to the core in regional-aircraft design and assembly.

The spares operation has been increasing its base of airline customers to the point where Fokker, which has a separate customer-support unit, now accounts for only 10% of its $25 million annual sales.

Avio-Diepen managing director Vincent van Campen welcomes independence, saying that it helps to end perceptions that the business essentially dealt in Fokker spares.

Source: Flight International