Posted on: 30 March 2011 by Ross McSweeny
Bombardier Aerospace and Fokker Services have announced a strategic alliance to launch FLY, a new programme aimed at improving the availability of components and reducing the cost of repairs for Dash 8/Q-Series 100/200/300 aircraft operators, while also helping operators to better predict and budget for material maintenance.
Fokker Services’ FLY programme will offer operators guaranteed availability of serviceable components, which will extend appreciably the longevity of out-of-production Dash 8/Q-Series 100/200/300 aircraft. The programme also provides customised component repair and overhaul services on a cost-by-the-hour basis, allowing operators to manage better the life cycle cost of their aircraft.
“Bombardier’s Dash 8/Q-Series is one of the most successful regional airliner programmes in history,” commented James Hoblyn, president, customer services & specialized and amphibious aircraft, Bombardier Aerospace. “Our aircraft are operated by more than 100 airlines around the world, and the collaboration between Bombardier and Fokker Services for the FLY programme is further proof of Bombardier’s commitment to provide its operators with comprehensive support for their aircraft long after production is discontinued.”
The service is modelled on Fokker Services’ well-established and highly successful ABACUS cost-by-the-hour programme, which has been bringing cost predictability and parts availability to operators of post-production models for 17 years. Under the FLY program, Fokker Services will execute repairs on components and ensure the availability of parts through its large component exchange pool.
“We look forward to applying the industry-leading out-of-production expertise of Fokker Services, garnered over many years, to extend the useful life of these robust and reliable Dash 8/Q-Series 100/200/300 aircraft,” remarked Roland Van Dijk, president, Fokker Services. “With Bombardier’s support we can further develop the programme to the benefit of customers.”