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Fokker - 6th Operator Conference


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Stork Aerospace Industries (Fokker)
: 02 February, 2008  (Company News)
Fokker Services, a Stork Aerospace subsidiary, has concluded its 6th Operator Conference, which was considered a very productive and generally upbeat 3-day event by operators and major vendors alike.
Robert Bryant, VP Engineering & Maintenance for Air Astana – a Fokker 50 operator – and co-chairman of the conference remarked, ‘Operators have overwhelmingly voted in favor of Fokker Services’ FUTURE Horizons program enhancing the competitive operation of Fokker aircraft until 2020 and beyond’.

Well attended by over 200 participants of more than 50 Fokker operators worldwide, the conference dealt with all 6 Fokker aircraft types in operation: the venerable F27 and F28, of which there are still more than 200 aircraft in actual day-to-day use throughout the world, as well as the Fokker 70 / 100, the Fokker 50 and the Fokker 60 military freighter and maritime patrol aircraft. By the end of 2007 all but one Fokker 50s and Fokker 70s were in service, while almost all of the 257 Fokker 100s also were in service. This amounts to a total active Fokker fleet of over 700 aircraft by the end of 2007, with numerous existing operators still looking to expand their fleet.

Vice President Fokker Programs Wim Pasteuning pledged many new developments as well as process and product improvements for the next few years, enabling operators to comply with upcoming operational regulations and to further reduce operational costs. These include developments of GPS/WAAS, EFB, ADS-B and CPDLC / Link 2000+ as well as improvements in reliability of certain system LRUs. Work is also in progress to escalate the task intervals of both the Fokker 50 and Fokker 70 / 100 Maintenance Programs by 20 – 25 %. Operators will also benefit from improvements in component overhaul & repair processes through increased use of Lean and 6 sigma techniques. Improvements to logistic programmes are additionally being made, in particular through increased functionalities within the website, which has been widely acclaimed by most Fokker operators.

Fokker Services’ commitment to enhance the competitive position of Fokker aircraft was reinforced by Hans Berends van Loenen, President of Fokker Services, as he explained the organizational improvements made last year, which included the appointment of a vice president for Fokker Programs, Wim Pasteuning, a seasoned industry veteran.
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