Posted on: 04 March 2011 by Ross McSweeny
Fokker Services and Alliance Airlines Australia have signed an agreement to team up for the FLYFokker Take Off programme in Asia, under which Alliance will provide ACMI services (Aircraft, Maintenance, Crew and Insurance), while Fokker Services will provide a full suite of logistics and technical support.
This agreement offers new Fokker operators in the Asia region the possibility of starting operations with Fokker 100s within six weeks of a go-ahead. The deal, says Fokker, is a significant step in regionalising and expanding the FLYFokker programme which was launched during the Dubai Air Show in late 2009.
Operators requiring regional aircraft for short-to-medium range operations in Asia can now enter the market rapidly with Fokker 100s, while preparing their own organisation for a long term solution with their own aircraft. Under this agreement, whilst Alliance provides the aircraft and operational support, Fokker Services will deliver comprehensive logistic and technical support to ensure a high level of operational reliability against competitive cost. This support includes rotable management programmes, such as Abacus, on-site expendable consignment packages, as well as engineering and documentation support.
“This partnership between Alliance and Fokker Services is a perfect match addressing today’s Asian market needs,” explained Erik Goedhart, vice-president marketing and sales of Fokker Services. “It will enable start-up operators to focus on their customers and thereby start making revenue shortly after deciding on the aircraft. This will also mean competitive and predictable costs for the airline during the challenging start-up period."
Scott McMillan, managing director of Alliance, commented, "Alliance offers flexible transport solutions for the regional aircraft operations market. This Take Off teaming with Fokker Services provides us with a stronger proposition in the market outside Australia and will mean a significant value-add for potential Fokker operators. It is the strength and flexibility of the two parties opening new market windows."