GKN Aerospace’s Fokker business launches AirlinesforAirlines.com sharing platform

Wednesday 29 March 2017

Over 30 operators and lessors have already signed-up before launch. Today, GKN Aerospace’s Fokker business launched a brand new sharing platform for regional aircraft operators and lessors named AirlinesforAirlines.com. The platform provides regional airlines with an efficient online meeting point to work together ensuring a continued operation and minimum downtime for maintenance.

This will start with the ATR 42/72 community but will extend coverage to other aircraft types. Operators and lessors will benefit as they can easily contact each other to request and offer technical, logistic or fleet size solutions. For AOGs, it will provide a quick solution as a request is immediately directed to airlines that fly and support the same aircraft type. 

There will be five user groups that participating members can join. These are:

  • Parts: spare parts such as components, expendables and consumables
  • Tooling: equipment used for aircraft maintenance, component maintenance and aircraft recovery
  • Advice: knowledge and in-service experience related to technical and operational issues
  • Manpower: hiring of specialised personnel, such as mechanics, engineers or flight crew
  • Aircraft: lease, sell or buy aircraft amongst operators and lessors within the community. 

Peter Somers, President of Fokker Services said: “Fokker is proud to be the first in the regional aircraft market to launch a sharing platform. AirlinesforAirlines.com further strengthens our mission of being the most innovative aerospace service provider. The platform distinguishes itself from the various aviation marketplaces by a clear focus on the collaboration amongst regional aircraft operators and lessors that fly/own the same aircraft and think alike. We are convinced that this platform, next to providing an additional source for solutions, will initiate many more innovations for the benefit of all participants as it brings us closer to the airline community”.

GKN Aerospace’s Fokker business will, just like all member operators and lessors, participate within the platform by offering availability of parts and tooling, manpower as well as knowledge and engineering services. New functionalities will be added contininuously and in close cooperation and consultation with the community members. Our other platform, ModStore.aero, the aircraft modifications trading place, will be connected to AirlinesforAirlines.com on a community level, offering operators and lessors direct access to all available aircraft modifications world-wide.

Editor’s Notes:
GKN plc is a global engineering group. It has three divisions; GKN Aerospace, GKN Driveline and GKN Powder Metallurgy, which operate in the aerospace and automotive markets. Over 58,000 people work in GKN companies and joint ventures in more than 30 countries. GKN is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: GKN) and recorded sales of £9.4 billion in the year to 31 December 2016.

GKN Aerospace is the world’s leading multi-technology tier 1 aerospace supplier. As a global company serving the world’s leading aircraft manufacturers, GKN Aerospace develops, builds and supplies an extensive range of advanced aerospace systems, components and technologies– for use in aircraft ranging from helicopters and business jets to the most used single aisle aircraft and the largest passenger planes in the world. Light weight composites, additive manufacturing, innovative engine systems and smart transparencies help to reduce emissions and weight on the aircraft and enhance passenger comfort. GKN Aerospace is market leading in aerostructures, engine systems, transparencies and wiring systems and operates in 14 countries at 61 locations employing approximately 17,500 people.
Fokker Technologies is a business unit of GKN Aerospace and a leading global aerospace specialist that develops and manufactures highly engineered advanced aircraft systems and components for aircraft manufacturers and provides integrated maintenance services and products for aircraft owners and operators. The business was founded in 1919. Headquartered in Papendrecht, the Netherlands, Fokker Technologies operates facilities in the Netherlands, Romania, Turkey, Canada, Mexico, USA, China, India and Singapore, and employs approximately 4,950 people.

For further information on this release, please contact:
Marianne Mulder, Digital Communications and Media Manager, marianne.mulder@fokker.com/m: +31 (0)6 51 311 217