Fokkernews December 2022 (issue 60)

General news

Jetair Caribbean has canceled the scheduled service between Curaçao and the Dominican Republic as the route was no longer profitable. 

Starting 15 February 2023, Jetair Caribbean will connect Bonaire with Aruba and Curaçao, twice a week in triangle flights with F70.

Fokker F27, Fokker 50 & Fokker 60

c/n type registration new registration comment
10369 500 5Y-GMC Astral Aviation. Seen stored on 15 November 2022 at Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta airport.
10378 500 5Y-GMD Astral Aviation. Seen stored on 15 November 2022 at Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta airport.
10448 500 5Y-JUU Astral Aviation. Seen stored on 15 November 2022 at Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta airport.
10530 500CRF 5X-FFD Fly540-com. The wreck was noted 9 November 2022, still laying in the dump area of Nairobi-Wilson airport.
10550 500CRF 5Y-SEC Safari Express. Seen Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta 15 November 2022, stored.
10634 500 9Q-CNL XL Trading. Still at Juba on 15 November 2022, derelict.
20103 050E 5Y-DDI Silverstone Air Services. Seen active at Nairobi-Wilson and Juba on 9 and 15 November 2022, all white.
20111 050 5Y-MIS Skyward Express. Seen 9 November 2022 with Maandeeq Air titles in the graveyard of Nairobi-Wilson.
20112 050 5Y-SMS Skyward Express. Noted 12 November 2022 in Mogadishu and 19 November 2022 at Nairobi-Wilson. The aircraft is all-white.
20114 050 5Y-CHK Dragonfly Africa. Seen active at Mogadishu 11 and 12 November 2022, all-white. The operator requires confirmation.
20116 050 5Y-SVN Rudufu. Seen 9 November 2022 on the dump of Nairobi-Wilson, the registration overpainted in green.
20120 050 5Y-RNG Aerojet Aviation. Seen flying out of Juba 15 November 2022 in full color scheme.
20121 050 5Y-WFA Rudufu. Seen stored at Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta 15 November 2022.
20122 050 5Y-SMX Skyward Express. Noted 9 November 2022 in the dump area of Nairobi-Wilson.
20124 050E 5Y-JJJ Operator still unknown. Seen active at Juba 15 November 2022.
20129 050 D6-MOH Kush Air. Noted departing from Juba 15 November 2022 in new colors without titles.
20145 050 5Y-MMA Salaam Air. Seen active in Mogadishu on 12 November 2022, in modified livery.
20149 050F 5Y-ELY Silverstone Air Services. Seen at Juba 15 November and Malakal 17 November 2022 with large 'Fokker 50 CARGO' titles on the cargo door.
20171 050E 5Y-MHT Saacid Airlines. The wreck was still noted close to the runway at Mogadishu on 12 November 2022.
20180 050E 5Y-IZZ Silverstone Air Services. Seen active on 15 November 2022 at Juba, all white.
20192 050 5Y-SMZ Skyward Express. Noted 9 November 2022 broken up in the dump area of Nairobi-Wilson.
20197 050F 5Y-JWB Renegade Air. Noted in a hangar at Nairobi-Wilson 13 November 2022, all white.
20202 050 5Y-SMQ Skyward Express. Seen at Mogadishu on 12 November and at Nairobi-Wilson on 19 November 2022, with green engine cowlings.
20207 050 5Y-GIG Bush Air Safaris. Ever since the demise of the airline in 2019, this F50 is stored at Nairobi-Wilson, noted there on 9 November 2022 without engines, but apparently intact.
20208 050 5Y-JWZ Skyward Express. Noted in service 9 November 2022 at Nairobi-Wilson airport. As the only F50 one in the fleet it carries small, red 'Fly Skyward Express' titles.
20209 050 5Y-JWX Jetways. Seen 9 November 2022 without engines in the storage area at Nairobi-Wilson.
20223 050 5Y-SMO Silverstone Air Services. Noted in service at Mogadishu on 12 November 2022, completely white.
20233 050 5Y-JXK Skyward International. Seen active at Mogadishu 12 November 2022, all-white.
20239 050 5Y-JXN Skyward Express. The wreck of this F50 that crash-landed in July was seen 12 November 2022, laying next to the runway at Mogadishu airport. The Jubba Airways titles are overpainted.
20244 050 5Y-IZO Silverstone Air Services. The wreck was noted 9 November 2022 at the dump of Nairobi-Wilson.
20260 050 5Y-JRN Skyward Express. Noted 9 November 2022 in the storage area of Nairobi-Wilson, missing many parts.
20306 050 VH-FKW HP- Air Panama. The third and last ex-Alliance F50 left Australia on delivery to Panama 29 November 2022. Routing was from Adelaide via Alice Springs, Broome, Surabaya, Penang, Bengalore, Al Ain, Hurgada, Belgrade, Stavanger, Keflavik, Gander, Halifax, Nassau and finally on 8 December to Panama City. The registration was cancelled from the Australian register 14 December 2022.
20333 050 5Y-CGX Safe Air Company. Noted at Nairobi-Wilson airport 13 November 2022, without engines and still in Kush livery.
20335 050 D6-AIB Further to the photo legend in the previous Fokkernews edition, we emphasize that there is no doubt about the identity of the F50 that R'Komor is currently operating. However, the history of the airframe still poses some unanswered questions.

Fokker F28, Fokker 70 & Fokker 100

c/n type registration new registration comment
11020 1000C TC-53 Argentina Air Force. According to a message on Twitter, this Fellowship was involved in an incident on 11 December 2022 at Jorge Newbery Airport, Buenos Aires. Details are lacking, but it looks like the F28 hit the wing of an American Falcon 7X, with minor damage as a result. More information is welcome.
11426 100 UP-F1012 Bek Air. Seen at Almaty airport 7 September 2022, completely parted out.

That the derelict remains of a Friendship still can be useful showed TAVAJ Friendship PT-LAG (10197) which played a role in a large disaster victim identification exercise by the Scientific Police of Paraná state in Brazil (Polícia Científica de Santa Catarina; Curitiba, 5 December 2019)

 

After a donation in 2008 Federal Express F27-500 N705FE (10367) is still part of the collection of the Hickory Aviation Museum. It is on display in a poor condition, the weather influence is clearly visible. (John Tomlinson on Flickr; Hickory, 12 October 2022)

 

This picture demonstrates that Safari Express Cargo F27 5Y-SEC (10550) has been operating for the United Nations World Food Programme. It is believed to be withdrawn from service now. (Mylos Besseling, via André Alders; Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta April 2022)

 

The only Troopship of the Bolivian Air Force that is still flying, is FAB-90 (10578). In line with the trend adopted by many air forces it has got an all-grey color scheme,. (Mauricio Alejandro Canedo Valdivia on Facebook; unknown location, August 2022)

 

The flying career of PK-KRA (10632) with Asialink Cargo Express lasted only four years, as can be seen in this movie: https://www.facebook.com/muh.wahyudi.777/videos/10217962631119642. In 2020 the airframe was scrapped. (Muh Wahyudi on Facebook; Surabaya, 9 October 2020)

 

This picture marks an event of historic significance: Australian operators have used Fokker turboprops uninterruptedly for over 63 years, since the first F27 Friendship was taken into service by Trans Australia Airlines in June 1959. This era came to an end when ex-Alliance Airlines F50 VH-FKW (20306) departed Australia on delivery to Air Panama. (Tony Haynes on Flickr; Adelaide, 29 November 2022)

 

After being sold to Air Panama for spares, this ex-Alliance Airlines VH-FKX (20312) was seen being broken up. (Brett Shillabeer on Flickr; Adelaide, 25 November 2022)

 

Apologies for the quality of this picture, which was made on long distance. It shows an all-white F50 6O-AAE (c/n still unknown), being worked on for an unidentified operator in Somalia. (André Alders; Mogadishu, 12 November 2022)

 

The only place where one nowadays can make such photographs is in Australia: no less than eight F100s in a single frame. VH-FSQ (11450) of Virgin Regional is leading the row, followed by VH-FNU (11373) and VH-FSW (11391). The first of five Alliance Airlines F100 is VH-UQD (11460). (Merv Crowe; Perth, 26 November 2022)

 

Having been withdrawn from service almost 20 years ago, Merpati F100 PK-MJC (11463) is still waiting for its end in a rather poor condition. (Minami Qatari on Flickr; Bandung, 27 August 2022)

 

Credits

All photographers named above, André Alders, Aviator.aero, Merv Crowe, Frank Ellemers, FlightAware, Greg Hyde, Luchtvaartnieuws, Jacques Vooren, Henk Wadman.