Last November, Ruag Aerospace rolled out the new version of the Dornier Do-228 twin turboprop, the 228NG, and began the flight-test program for the resurrected airplane. Ruag’s board of directors decided to bring the 228 back into production in October 2007. The first 228NG took to the skies over Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany, on November 12.
Ruag Aerospace says it is on track to complete certification and first delivery of its Do228NG in March. The company holds orders and options for 10 of the New Generation version of the Dornier 228 twin turboprop from customers in Japan, Mexico, Australia, Vietnam and Argentina. The first of the upgraded aircraft was rolled out at Ruag’s facility at Oberpfaffenhofen in southern Germany on November 12 and has been in flight test since then.
Four Dornier 228s operated by the German Navy’s Marineflieger-geschwader 3 “Graf Zeppelin” on pollution-control and surveillance missions are being upgraded with new glass cockpits and composite propellers by Ruag Aerospace. The German Office of Defense Technology and Procurement signed the contract for the upgrade program in early August.
Ruag may have to close its Zurich-Kloten site “due to unfavorable cost structures,” according to a spokesman for the company’s Aircraft Services Network, which maintains business and executive jets. He said the civil aircraft maintenance business is strategically important to the company, but cost pressure and lower margins are forcing management to revise its strategy.
Ruag Aerospace, the Swiss company that now holds the type and production certificates for the Dornier 228 NG, recently held its third operators’ conference for the regional and utility turboprop. In February India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.
Austria-based cabin component supplier List here at EBACE revealed the first-ever flexible-stone product for business aircraft cabins. Applications include floors, lavatories and galleys. According to List, the technique of creating flexible stone is relatively simple but requires great precision.
Ruag, the Swiss aerospace and defense group, announced a joint venture with List of Austria to offer customers a one-stop shop for simultaneous maintenance and interior refurbishing of executive aircraft. In its facilities in Bern, Geneva, Lugano, Oberpfaffenhofen, Stuttgart and Zurich, Ruag (Booth No.
An undisclosed Australian regional airline has become the third customer to commit to Ruag Aerospace’s Dornier 228 New Generation program, placing an order for five of the 19-seat twin turboprops on December 5. Mexican Air Cancun already holds an order for two, and an undisclosed Japanese operator has signed for six; deliveries are slated to begin in December.
Shanghai-based investment group D’Long in late June confirmed it has signed a contract for the rights to the suspended Fairchild Dornier 728 program, but an eventual relaunch of the 76-seat jet remains far from certain. According to J.
Switzerland’s Ruag has acquired Saab’s space business (Saab Space, based in Gothenburg), including its subsidiary, Austrian Aerospace, for 335 million Swedish Krona ($56 million) and additional consideration based on future performance. Saab said that it has “not been able to achieve sufficient synergies with other operations within Saab,” although the division was “well managed and profitable.”