Avianca selects Fokker Services for Fokker 50 Flight Hour Agreement

Avianca selects Fokker Services for Fokker 50 Flight Hour Agreement

Nieuw Vennep, The Netherlands, May 2nd 2011,
Avianca out of Colombia has entrusted their Fokker 50 component support for the next 3 years to Fokker Services. The companies signed a FLYFokker Take Care Flight Hour agreement for the rotable component support of their 10 Fokker 50 aircraft. Avianca has become the second customer in the Americas to sign up for the FLYFokker Take Care solution.

Fokker Services developed the Take Care solution for existing operators as part of the total FLYFokker program. It focuses on increasing Technical Dispatch Reliability (TDR), reducing Direct Operating Cost (DOC) while improving passenger comfort.

“Avianca is glad to be a partner of this respected organization and we feel that this Agreement will enhance our on-time performance of the Fokker 50 aircraft, which will continue to operate for the years to come”, says Miguel Montoya – VP M&E Avianca.

Leon Kouters, VP Sales for Fokker Services Inc, said: “We would like to thank Avianca for their trust. We are extremely proud that we could expand our partnership with Avianca, being the second airline in South America this year to sign up for the FLYFokker Take Care Flight Hour Agreement”.

Fokker Services is continually growing its customer base in the regional market. Its expertise covers a wide spectrum of logistic services and component MRO for various Fokker and Bombardier aircraft types. With this contract with Avianca, Fokker now offers logistic flight hour program ABACUS for 190 aircraft worldwide.

About Avianca, Aerovias del Continente Americano
Colombia’s national flagship carrier Avianca (Aerovías del Continente Americano; www.avianca.com) serves 22 destinations in a dense domestic network as well as a further 22 international destinations in 15 countries in North, Central and South America as well as Europe (Spain). The airline has its hub in the Colombian capital Bogotá. It is noted for its reliable flight operations and a comfortable cabin product in a two-class configuration (Business, Economy) on all routes. Avianca also possesses an IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certificate denoting its high safety and quality standards.

About AviancaTaca
AviancaTaca is a group of leading airlines in Latin America. With a modern fleet of more than 150 short, medium and long range aircraft and a staff of almost 14,000 Employees, AviancaTaca directly services more than 100 destinations in America and Europe that connect to more than 750 destinations through its partner airlines around the world. With more than 3 million members in its loyalty program the airline group has an annual income of approximately three billion dollars in combined sales. Its multi-hub operating model offers passengers varied and convenient flight options through Bogota, Colombia; San Salvador, El Salvador; Lima, Peru and San Jose, Costa Rica.

The group also offers a wide range of aeronautical products and services including cargo, mail and courier air services, specialized aeronautical assistance and tourist packages. After receiving the most prestigious awards for the rigorous standards and quality of its ground and air services AviancaTaca continues to work searching for synergies to further benefit its customers. For more information about the airlines please visit www.taca.com or www.avianca.com.

About Fokker Services  
At present there are more than 600 Fokker aircraft operational across the world. The Fokker aircraft has earned a reputation for advanced technologies, comfort, operational reliability, low noise level and durability. Many consider the Fokker among the best mid-size aircraft ever built. Besides the Fokker aircraft, Fokker Services is serving operators with the Bombardier Dash 8 and other out of production aircraft, with its logistic flight hour program ABACUS.

Fokker Services is part of Fokker Technologies, which develops and produces advanced components and systems for the aerospace industry, and supplies integrated maintenance services and products to aircraft owners and operators. In 2010 the group achieved a turnover of € 616 million with 3,700 employees.

For more information, please contact:
Fokker Services B.V., P.O. Box 231, 2150 AE Nieuw-Vennep, The Netherlands
Jorgen Tesselaar: jorgen.tesselaar@fokker.com
Phone +31 252 62 75 55