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Bombardier, Fokker join to maintain older turboprops

June 16, 2010, Toronto - Bombardier Aerospace and Fokker Services have signed a memorandum of understanding to jointly develop services to maintain Dash 8 and Q100, Q200 and Q300 turboprop aircraft.


June 16, 2010
By The Canadian Press

The partnership between the Dutch and Canadian companies, which is expected to be completed later this year, will allow Fokker to repair components of the aircraft and ensure parts are available to better manage life-cycle costs.

Fokker Services president Roland Van Dijk said teaming up with Bombardier Inc. will offer turbo aircraft operators with cost predictability and parts availability.

Six operators have enrolled in the program so far.

Bombardier said the agreement with Fokker Services is one of a number of steps it is taking to enhance the value of the aircraft since production of the older Q series was discontinued in August 2009.

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An extended service program launched late last year is designed to extend the life of the Q100 by 50 per cent to 120,000 flight cycles, from the original 80,000 cycles.

The program may be extended to the Q200 and Q300 models as they approach the 80,000-cycle mark.

There are about 600 of the Bombardier-made Dash 8 and Q series aircraft in operation around the world.