A twin-turboprop Fokker 50 was destroyed after it crashed on March 4 into a residential area approximately four miles short of the runway at Goma Airport (FZNA) in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The accident killed six of nine people aboard the Compagnie Africaine d’Aviation (CAA) airlines aircraft. CAA is one of dozens of Congolese airlines banned from flying within European Union airspace over safety concerns.
Latvian carrier Air Baltic has signed a letter of intent for 10 Bombardier CSeries CS300 twinjets worth $764 million (at list prices), with purchase rights for 10 more. Deliveries are to start in the first quarter of 2015.
Air Baltic currently has eight Bombardier Q400s in its fleet, along with 10 Fokker 50s, 16 Boeing 737-300/500s and two Boeing 757s.
IAI Elta Systems has devised a new maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) solution based on the Bombardier Q400 twin-engine commercial turboprop, in recognition of growing demand for cost-effective maritime patrol aircraft (MPA).
Western Australia’s Skywest Airlines last month signed a 10-year strategic alliance with Virgin Blue to fly as many as 18 new turboprops to several new destinations around Australia. The agreement will see Virgin Blue and Skywest establish a code-share relationship on a number of sectors of each other’s domestic networks and allows Virgin Blue and Skywest customers to earn and redeem reward points on each other’s networks.
Discussions with potential industrial partners and suppliers on the NG Aircraft Fokker “next-generation” regional jet program have reached “an advanced stage” and the project is “close to starting the development phase,” say officials.
A manufacturing license agreement has been signed between Fokker Services and Goodrich’s Landing Gear business for the future manufacturing and supply of Fokker 70 and Fokker 100 main landing gear spare parts. Under the terms of the agreement Fokker Services has the exclusive rights to manufacture all the main landing gear parts for these out-of-production aircraft models.
This week here in Dubai, Fokker Services (Stand E556) is set to launch plans to stretch the service lives of short- to medium-range regional aircraft. The company, part of the Fokker Aircraft Group that is owned by Stork Aerospace, supports a global fleet of some 700 operational Fokker turboprop and jet airliners.
EADS, mas to create regional MRO MAS Aerospace Engineering (MAE), a wholly owned subsidiary of Malaysian Airline System (MAS), and EADS SECA, a Pratt & Whitney-designated aircraft engine repair and overhaul unit of the EADS Group, plan to establish a joint venture company just outside Kuala Lumpur to support and maintain regional airplanes powered by PW100-series turboprops, the companies announced last month.
Standard Aero (Booth No. 1153) was selected by KLM Cityhopper, based at The Netherlands’ Schiphol Airport, and KLM uk Engineering, of Norwich, UK, for the maintenance of its Fokker 50 engine and propeller accessories. The three-year contract covers maintenance, repair and overhauls of the accessories for the fleet of 19 Fokker 50s.
A Luxair Fokker 50 twin turboprop crashed on approach to Luxembourg Findel Airport on November 6, killing 20 of the 22 people on board. The accident happened just after 10 a.m. in thick fog, with the aircraft crashing into wooded, hilly terrain three miles short of the runway and on the edge of the village of Roodt-Syr.
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