2008-04-06 - Dornier Do 228First order for Do 228 New Generation aircraft
Erster Auftrag für neue Do 228<br /> In the course of the next few years RUAG will be delivering six Do 228 New Generation aircraft to a customer in Asia. The purchase agreement with the first customer was signed on 20 March.
RUAG decided to resume series production of the aircraft in October last year. Well over two hundred Dornier 228s were built at Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany, and marketed worldwide from 1982 to 2002. With the purchase of the Aircraft Services division of the former Fairchild-Dornier, RUAG also acquired the rights and licences as original manufacturer of this aircraft model. Some 150 Do 228s are currently in service. Many of them are maintained by RUAG. Market studies conducted by RUAG showed that there is demand for a modernized version of this aircraft that incorporates state-of-the-art technology. RUAG's Board of Directors therefore took the decision to resume series production of the aircraft as the Do 228 New Generation in October 2007. Now a purchase agreement for six Do 228 New Generation aircraft has been signed with the first customer.
These aircraft will be used on regional "hopper" services in Asia, connecting islands with short runways. The Do 228 New Generation has 19 seats, the latest avionics, a glass cockpit and new five-blade propellers. The first firm order will be delivered in 2010. The fuselage, wings and tail unit will be supplied by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) of Kanpur (India). This company has been building Do 228-12 aircraft under licence for the Indian market for some years and is RUAG's key partner in the Do 228 New Generation project. Final assembly and outfitting will take place at RUAG's Pfaffenhofen plant.