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February 2016

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New service package from Rolls-Royce bookmark
Rolls-Royce has launched a new engine service, SelectCare, to fit between the fully comprehensive TotalCare service – which maximises engine time on-wing in addition to giving long-term cost certainty on a dollar-per-flying-hour basis – and MRO Services, where customers contract for shop visit support on an individual time and materials basis. SelectCare allows customers to tailor the services they require across an agreed number of engine shop visits to match their service needs and budget.
 
Rolls-Royce’s unrivalled understanding of its engines, its comprehensive Service Network and its highly advanced engine health monitoring help differentiate SelectCare from other fixed-price overhaul agreements.
 
The new service launches with American Airlines as its first customer. American chose SelectCare for all RB211-535 engines that power its Boeing 757 fleet. These aircraft were previously supported by separate TotalCare and MRO Services agreements (see MRO Management, March 2016, for a feature on Rolls-Royce’s support activities).
 
Separately, Rolls-Royce has extended its TotalCare service agreement with Singapore Airlines for Trent 800 engines that power its Boeing 777 aircraft.
Fokker aircraft sales stay strong bookmark

Fokker Technologies has announced that a total of 50 Fokker aircraft were sold to 10 existing Fokker operators and three new operators during 2015 by their respective aircraft owners. These comprise five Fokker 50s, 20 Fokker 70s and 25 Fokker 100s. Australasia is fast becoming the region with the largest Fokker population.

 

Fokker operator Air Niugini, from Papua New Guinea, purchased an ex-Vietnam Airlines Fokker 70 through Jalux and is in the process of adding seven KLM Cityhopper Fokker 70s. Virgin Australia Regional Airlines bought two more Fokker 100s, increasing its fleet to a total of 15. At the same time, Network Aviation, a Qantas subsidiary, also purchased two more Fokker 100s, making a fleet of 14. Finally, in November, Alliance announced its purchase of all six Fokker 70s and 15 Fokker 100s from Austrian Airlines. These aircraft will be delivered to Alliance over the next couple of years.

 

These transactions raise the total number of Fokker aircraft in the region to over 90. The aircraft are increasingly being used on regular passenger routes, in addition to more traditional fly-in, fly-out routes in support of natural resources industries.

 

Latin America’s Fokker presence has also increased significantly. Air Panamá has taken delivery of three more Fokker 100s, while Caribbean-based airline Insel Air purchased five Fokker 70s from KLM Cityhopper.

 

Kazakhstan’s Bek Air added one more Fokker 100 to its fleet, making a total of seven, serving both scheduled and charter routes. An undisclosed new Fokker operator in Central Asia has also purchased two Fokker 50s.

 

In South Africa, Golden Wings took ownership of the Fokker 70 that was previously leased. CAA Congo (DRC) added two Fokker 50s to its fleet while Rudufu from Kenya purchased one.

 

In Europe, Spanish start-up Sky City purchased its first Fokker 100, while Avanti, from Germany, is adding a second to its fleet.

 

Fokker does not sell or lease aircraft; rather it facilitates placements by sellers and lessors through its FLYFokker programme and remarketing services, in addition to providing comprehensive support to Fokker aircraft operators across the world. At present there are close to 500 Fokker aircraft operational around the globe.

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