KLM UK Engineering has signed a long-term heavy maintenance agreement with Alliance Airlines for its Fokker 70 and 100 aircraft. The UK-based MRO will provide heavy maintenance support at its head office location at Norwich Airport starting this month.
“KLM UK Engineering is delighted to continue to support Alliance Airlines with their Fokker 70/100 maintenance, following on from checks carried out in 2017,” says Graham Casbourne, sales manager for KLM UK Engineering. “This long-term agreement further cements the relationship and trust between our companies and we look forward to developing this further during the contract.”
The relationship between the two companies began with maintenance checks in 2017 as well as fan blade reprofiling and engine storage. According to a spokesperson, KLM UK Engineering has worked with a number of different Fokker operators prior to 2017.
“We will be operating Fokker 70/100 for at least the next 10 years and the maintenance support provided by KLM UK Engineering will assist us greatly during this time,” says Lee Schofield, chief executive officer, Alliance Airlines. The airline told Air Transport World in December 2017 that it remains committed to its Fokker fleet and that buying new aircraft does not make sense for its operating environment.
Alliance Airlines, which provides regular and adhoc charter services to Australia and New Zealand, bought Austrian Airlines’ entire Fokker fleet in 2015 for $15 million. In addition to the Fokker 70 and 100, the airline also operates the Fokker 50 turboprop.
KLM UK Engineering received CASA Part 145 approval in June 2017, allowing it to maintain aircraft registered with Australian operators. A spokesperson for the company says that so far, Alliance Airlines has been the main customer in the region and that other relationships are currently being developed.