Posted on: 02 March 2011 by Mark Howells
Fokker Services has announced AVISA Aviation Safety Systems and Southern Cross as new strategic partners of the FLYFokker programme.
The new partnership with AVISA will offer operators and aircraft owners customised Continued Airworthiness Maintenance Organisation (CAMO) services to ensure fleet airworthiness according to EASA standards.
"The partnership with EASA part-M approved AVISA, adds significant value. It combines Type Certificate engineering knowhow from Fokker with the specialist EASA Part-M regulatory expertise and CAMO infrastructure of AVISA," explained Erik Goedhart, Fokker Services’ VP sales and marketing.
"Collaborating with such a well-known name in the aviation industry is a privilege," noted Justin Goatcher, managing director of AVISA. "Using our expertise and knowledge combined with Fokker Services highly skilled engineering department will give customers a very valuable service."
"Through partnering with Southern Cross we are able to bring extensive knowledge and experience to our services portfolio, enhancing the FLYFokker modules and underlining our commitment as a total service provider for sustainable competitive advantage towards our customers," remarked Wim Pasteuning, VP Fokker programmes, Fokker Services.
"We are very proud to be part of the FLYFokker programme. It underlines the long-term professional relationship that exists between our companies and it will further enhance the one-stop-shop philosophy of the FLYFokker programme," said Sjoerd Postma, operational director and engineering test pilot, Southern Cross
The FLYFokker programme was launched at the Dubai Airshow in November 2009 and consists of cost-effective aircraft and service solutions for start-up, mature and phase-out operators.
"[FLYFokker] has brought us new Fokker operators over the whole world like Eagles Spa, Sol de Paraguay, SKA Air & Logistics, Air Panama, Transnusa and PT Sky Aviation,” noted Goedhart. “All these operators made a successful Take Off with Fokker aircraft. Furthermore, existing Fokker operators including Aero Mongolia, Aero Transportes, Air Astana, CAA, Skywest, Carpatair, Alliance Airlines, Contact Air, Helvetic Airways, IAA, and IRS increased their fleets with additional Fokker aircraft. For all these operators we developed a customised FLYFokker solution. Now, 16 months after the launch, we can certainly say that this programme has contributed to the continued competitive operation of the Fokker fleet."
The program has also been used by and/or developed with key customers and strategic partners like Austrian Airlines, KLM Cityhopper, Portugalia and Denim Air. Major vendors such as Messier-Dowty, Goodrich, C&D Zodiac, Eaton Aerospace, Piedmont Aviation Component Services, and engine OEMs like Rolls-Royce and Pratt and Whitney Canada, also participate.