The type certificate holder of the Dornier 328 aircraft 328 Support Services GmbH (328SSG) announced a new aircraft original equipment manufacturer (OEM) DRA GmbH formation.
328SSG is a subsidiary of Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and the German Federal & State of Saxony ministries.
The company signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to establish a derivative of the Dornier 328 DRA GmbH’s final assembly line for the D328NEU aircraft at Leipzig/Halle Airport, State of Saxony, Germany.
The project is expected to create up to 250 new jobs at the production facilities in Leipzig and over 100 jobs at 328SSG’s headquarters in Oberpfaffenhofen, near Munich.
Dornier and Germany’s reputation for engineering design, quality and innovation has had a positive impact on the formation of DRA GmbH.
328SSG managing director Dave Jackson said: “We are proud to have won the confidence of the German government in supporting this exciting new programme, and recognise the continuing support of our owners, employees and business partners.”
“Germany’s return to the design and building of a Part 25 category commercial aircraft is long overdue and this new operation intends to create an aviation legacy founded on the heritage of aircraft pioneers.”
“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 aim of the upgraded D328NEU is to offer a suitable replacement solution for ageing ‘in-service’ aircraft for the aviation market, as well as supporting the growing global market demand for new route development.
Further updates about the programme will be announced at the end of the first quarter of 2020.
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