Updates from Fokker Services, AJ Walter, Gulfstream
FOKKER SERVICES says it experienced a “booming market” for remarketed Fokker aircraft in the first half of 2011.”The first half of this year has witnessed a substantial number of Fokker aircraft being placed with new operators,” says Peter van Oostrum, Fokker Services’ Director of Aircraft Remarketing. A total of 27 Fokker 50, Fokker 70 and Fokker 100 regional aircraft have been transferred to new operators on all five continents, the company says. In Indonesia, three Fokker 50 turboprops were handed over to TransNusa and a similar number to SKY Aviation, as the two carriers expand in response to increasing passenger demand. In the Netherlands Antilles, Insel Air is adding four ex-KLM Fokker 50s to its fleet, while other operators in Africa, Asia and South America have also selected the turboprop and are proceeding to acquire ten of the aircraft. At the same time, five Fokker 70 jets have been placed with Air Panama, SKA International and Australia’s Alliance Airlines. Alliance has also added more Fokker 100s to its fleet, as has Skywest Airlines, while Qantas’s Network Aviation unit is also taking more of the type. According to Fokker, the Australia-based fleet of Fokker 70s and Fokker 100s will probably expand from 33 to 40 aircraft by the end of this year.
AIR EUROPA, Spain’s second-largest airline, has chosen AJ Walter Aviation (AJW) to provide power-by-the-hour support for its Airbus A330 Trent engine-component accessories. This five-year agreement for two aircraft is AJW’s first contract with Air Europa. The agreement commenced in June and includes the location of a Main Base Kit in Madrid to support the airline’s operational efficiency. “It was our speed, flexibility and willingness to invest in specific A330 Rolls Royce Trent engine components for Air Europa as part of AJW’s larger A330 investment programme that secured us the contract,” says Colin Craig, director of contract services. AJW is the world’s largest independent provider of integrated aircraft support solutions for components, engines and consumables with complete flexibility when it comes to operational and commercial decisions.
GULFSTREAM AEROSPACE has named company veteran Jamie Fields to the newly created position of director, repair and overhaul services. Fields reports to Barry Russell, vice-president, customer support. In his new role, Fields is responsible for expanding and enhancing Gulfstream’s repair and overhaul capabilities worldwide, particularly for components. Fields, a 26-year Gulfstream employee, was most recently senior manager, maintenance, repair and overhaul. In this position, he oversaw and managed the infrastructure and support of Gulfstream Product Support’s business office, tooling and ground support in Savannah. His responsibilities included managing several back shops at the 679,000-square foot Gulfstream Savannah Service Centre, including the auxiliary power unit, engine, composite, hydraulic component repair, landing gear overhaul and windows/wheels/brake shops.
SINGAPORE AIRLINES (SIA) has announced the appointment of Jackson Tai to its board as an independent, non-executive director with effect from 1 September 2011. Tai will fill a vacancy arising from the retirement of James Koh Cher Siang, who joined the Singapore Airlines Board in August 2005. According to SIA, Tai “will bring particular expertise in finance, having held senior positions in financial services for many years”. A US citizen, Tai was a senior executive with DBS Group and DBS Bank in Singapore between July 1999 and December 2007. He joined as chief financial officer, later becoming president and chief operating officer in January 2001, before rising to the post of vice-chairman and CEO in June 2002.
OXFORD AVIATION Academy (OAA) has commenced multi-crew pilot licence (MPL) training for the Airbus A320 fleet of aircraft for European low-cost carrier EasyJet. The inaugural course of eight cadets enrolled upon their first phase of training at OAA’s Oxford Training Centre on 30 August. Working under the approval of the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), OAA and EasyJet have developed an innovative MPL programme into which a total of 30 EasyJet-mentored cadet pilots will enrol over the next 12 months. “Following graduation in 2013, these pilots will contribute towards the airline’s significant pilot recruitment needs to operate from bases throughout Europe,” OAA says. “This exciting development in the significant and growing relationship between OAA and EasyJet will not only provide another complementary means of supply of high quality professional pilots ... but will also enable this rapidly expanding airline ... to fully evaluate the new MPL as a potential training route through which their cadet pilots could be trained in the future.” OAA says there has been “unprecedented interest” in the programme, with a further three courses scheduled to enrol over the next nine months. The 78-week MPL course will be delivered solely in the UK, at Oxford, Gatwick and Luton airports. OAA’s partnership with EasyJet follows similar agreements already in place with Flybe and Hong Kong’s Dragonair.