Alliance Airlines has signed on as the Asia Pacific partner in Fokker Services’ ‘FLYFokker Take Off’ program, which is aimed at expanding the number of Fokker operators in the region.
Under the agreement, Alliance Airlines will provide Fokker 100 jets and Fokker 50 turboprops on wet-lease to startup airlines in the Southeast Asia region, prior to establishing their own operating capability and acquiring their own Fokker aircraft. The agreement mirrors a similar one with Dutch carrier DenimAir which was launched in 2009 at the Dubai Air Show which covers Europe and North Africa.
“We’ve been working together with Alliance for a number of years already, and we are happy that we have found such a reliable partner for this program in this region,” said Fokker Services VP of marketing and sales Erik Goedhart.
“This agreement allows us within six weeks of signing an agreement with an operator we can have them up and running with the F100 or F50,” said Alliance Airlines’ managing director Scott McMillan. “That would be traditionally a fairly short-term arrangement from three months through to 18 months whilst the operator develops their own capability and acquires their own aircraft.”
Fokker Services is expected to target the Take Off package at groups interested in starting regional airlines in countries such as Indonesia, Cambodia and Laos where it believes there is great potential.
Alliance Airlines is the largest operator of Fokker aircraft in Australia, with a fleet of 21 aircraft which are used on resource charters and other wet-lease operations. Alliance also has experience in assisting other operators to take on Fokker aircraft, having assisted Skywest and Air Niugini to introduce Fokker 100s in previous years.