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GKN Fokker Services announces that 24 Fokker aircraft were placed in 2018. Currently, approximately 400 Fokker aircraft are operational worldwide. The fleet of Fokker aircraft has earned a reputation for operational reliability, durability, low noise levels, comfort and continued support, including the development of modifications to comply with new mandates like for ADS-B Out.
In Europe, Swedish operator Amapola added 6 Fokker 50s to its fleet. It now has 22 Fokker 50s comprising both passenger aircraft as well as freighters. Amapola thus consolidates its position as the largest Fokker 50 operator. Dutch company ATS purchased a couple of Fokker 70s which will become operational in 2019, while it sold one to Cypriot operator TUS Aviation. Avanti Air, based in Germany, added a third Fokker 100 to its fleet to cater for increasing demand for wet leases.
In the Philippines, Leading Edge Air Services Corp. (LEASCOR) purchased 4 Fokker 50s increasing its Fokker 50 fleet size to 6. Also, an undisclosed operator purchased 1 Fokker 100.
In Latin America, Gran Colombia de Aviación (GCA) purchased 5 Fokker 50s from Avior Regional. Air Panamá purchased 1 Fokker 100 to make a total fleet of 5 Fokker 100s. One undisclosed start-up operator also purchased a Fokker 70 which should become operational during 2019.
In Kenya, both Rudufu and Silverstone added 1 Fokker 50 to their respective fleets.
“The 24 aircraft placements, predominantly straight sales, demonstrate the continued economic viability of the Fokker aircraft. Low operating costs, aircraft longevity, operational versatility and comprehensive support have been instrumental in all of the deals in 2018” says Fokker Services’ Director Business Development Erik Geertsema.
GKN Aerospace’s Fokker Services business does not sell nor lease Fokker aircraft. It facilitates placements by sellers and lessors through its FLYFokker program and remarketing services, in addition to providing comprehensive support to Fokker aircraft operators throughout the world.