Federal German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced today support to revive the Dornier 328 aircraft. DRA GmbH, a new aircraft original equipment manufacturer, has been formed to support this project in Leipzig, Germany.
328 Support Services GmbH (328SSG) today announced the formation of a new aircraft original equipment manufacturer, DRA GmbH, founded on the proud heritage of Dornier and Germany’s reputation for engineering design, quality and innovation.
328SSG, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), is the Type Certificate holder of the Dornier 328 aircraft. Representatives of 328SSG, SNC, and the German Federal & State of Saxony ministries, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish DRA GmbH’s final assembly line for the D328NEU aircraft, a derivative of the Dornier 328, at Leipzig/Halle Airport, in the State of Saxony. The project anticipates creation of up to 250 new jobs at the production facilities in Leipzig, and an additional 100+ jobs at 328SSG’s HQ in Oberpfaffenhofen, near Munich.
“Germany’s return to the design and building of a Part 25 category commercial aircraft is long overdue and the new operation intends to create an aviation legacy founded on the heritage of aircraft pioneers,” commented Dave Jackson, managing director of 328SSG. “The expansion of our locations in Germany and the formation of DRA GmbH, a new dedicated OEM, will enable us to manage future developments of the D328NEU aircraft and exploit future technologies and capabilities to produce a more efficient, economic and environmentally friendly aircraft.”
The Dornier 328 is already certified in 85 countries around the globe
The Dornier 328 had been under serious consideration as an aircraft to be manufactured in Turkey under the Turkish Regional Aircraft Project as a stepping stone to creating Turkey’s own indigenous. The 328 is already certified in 85 countries around the globe, and the interior configuration options make this aircraft a true multi role aircraft. Currently, the 328 is satisfying roles in military, border patrol, coast guard, medical and government transport arenas.
The upgraded D328NEU will aim at offering a suitable replacement solution for ageing “in service“ aircraft in the aviation market, as well as supporting the growing global market demand of new route development.
Further updates on the programme will be announced late quarter one of 2020.