Fokker looks set for re-launch
7 November 2005, AMSTERDAM — There is a strong possibility that Holland's only aircraft maker, will re-open for business, it was reported on Monday.
7 November 2005
AMSTERDAM — There is a strong possibility that Holland's only aircraft maker, will re-open for business, it was reported on Monday.
Newspaper 'De Telegraaf' said aviation investor Jaap R. Rosen Jacobsen has plans to build very economical models of the Fokker 70/100s. Dutch airline KLM is said to support the initiative because of the extremely high prices for fuel.
Founded by Dutchman Anthony Fokker in 1919, the company was involved in building passenger planes when it went bankrupt in 1996. Its maintenance and spare parts divisions were taken over by aerospace company Stork. But production of Fokker planes ceased.
Schiphol Airport, Lelystad, Woensdrecht and Twente are seen as possible locations for production facilities if the decision is taken to re-start building of Fokkers.
There has been talk for many years about re-launching the Fokker company but this time it may actually happen, the newspaper said.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch news + Fokker