By Jim Douglas
March 31, 2011 - Bombardier Aerospace announced that it
has entered into a strategic alliance with Fokker
Services for the launch of FLY, a new program aimed at
improving the availability of components and reducing
the cost of repairs for Dash 8/Q-Series 100/200/300
aircraft operators. The program will also help operators
to better predict and budget for material maintenance.
Fokker Services' FLY program will offer operators guaranteed availability of serviceable components, a factor that will appreciably extend the longevity of out-of-production Dash 8/Q-Series 100/200/300 aircraft. The program also provides customized component repair and overhaul services on a cost-by-the-hour basis, allowing operators to better manage the life cycle cost of their aircraft.
"Bombardier's Dash 8/Q-Series aircraft program is one of the most successful regional airliner programs in history. Our aircraft are operated by more than 100 airlines around the world, and the collaboration between Bombardier and Fokker Services for the FLY program is further proof of Bombardier's commitment to providing its operators with comprehensive support for their aircraft long after production is discontinued," said James Hoblyn, President, Customer Services & Specialized and Amphibious Aircraft, Bombardier Aerospace.
service is modeled on Fokker Services' well-established and
highly successful ABACUS cost-by-the-hour program, which has
been bringing cost predictability and parts availability to
operators of post-production models for 17 years. Under the FLY
program, Fokker Services will execute repairs on components and
ensure the availability of parts through its large component
forward to applying the industry-leading out-of-production
expertise of Fokker Services, garnered over many years, to
extend the useful life of these robust and reliable Dash
8/Q-Series 100/200/300 aircraft," said Roland Van Dijk,
President, Fokker Services. "With Bombardier's support we can
further develop the program to the benefit of customers."
The collaboration with Fokker is one of a number of steps Bombardier is taking to enhance the operational value of its Dash 8/Q-Series 100/200/300 aircraft. In late 2009, Bombardier launched a life extension program to prolong the economic life of the Dash 8-100 turboprop to a target of 120,000 flight cycles from the original 80,000 flight cycles.
Dash 8 or Q Series, previously known as the de Havilland
The Dash 8 was
developed from the de Havilland
The aircraft has
been delivered in four series. The Series 100 has a maximum capacity of
39, the Series 200 has the same capacity but offers more powerful
engines, the Series 300 is a stretched, 50-seat version, and the Series
400 is further stretched to 78 passengers. Models delivered after 1997
have cabin noise suppression and are designated with the prefix, 'Q'.
Production of the Series 100 ceased in 2005, and the Q200 and Q300 in
2009. Bombardier is considering launching a stretched version of the
Fokker Services is
part of Fokker Technologies, which develops and produces advanced
structures and electrical systems for the aviation and aerospace
industry, and supplies integrated services and products to aircraft
owners and operators. The group achieved a turnover of ? 616 million in
2010 with 3,700 employees.
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