BRISBANEAustralia’s regional airline operator Alliance Airlines has signed a five-year heavy maintenance deal with Fokker Services for its 41 Fokker F70 and F100 jetliners in its fleet.

The deal will be valid until 2025 and comes on a 2018 agreement for heavy maintenance checks for the regional operator’s five Fokker F50 aircraft.

“With 43 Fokker aircraft in service and long-term plans for the continued operation of the F70/F100, flexibility in our heavy maintenance program is key, and having the support of the type certificate holder is essential,” Alliance’s chief executive, Lee Schofield said.

The airline has until recently operated an all-Fokker fleet, and according to a 4 February statement, has 24 F100, 14 F70LR, and five F50 aircraft.

It disclosed in August and December plans to acquire 30 second-hand Embraer E190s in total, intending to expand into capital city flights within Australia. In February, it announced a wet-lease agreement with QantasLink, expected to commence in June and using three of those E190s.