Austrian Airlines has completed a deal that will see its entire Fokker aircraft fleet sent to Australia’s Alliance Aviation.
Austrian currently flies 15 Fokker 100s and six Fokker 70s on regional and domestic routes.
All 21 aircraft will be heading to Australia from December 2015 to December 2017 as newer Embraer 195 aircraft enter the fleet, replacing the Fokkers on a one-for-one basis. The purchase price for the Fokker aircraft is USD 15 million, and will comprise an issue of new shares in Alliance and a cash component.Alliance Aviation has a fleet of 15 Fokker 100 and eight Fokker 70 jet planes, and says it is the largest global operator of these types of aircraft. The company operates bases in Brisbane, Townsville, Cairns, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Auckland. For many years it has been a customer of Austrian Technik Bratislava, which specializes in the repair and maintenance of Fokker aircraft. A long-term service agreement between Alliance Aviation and Austrian Technik Bratislava was just concluded in the spring of 2015.