Posted on: 20 May 2016 by Mark Howells
RUAG Aviation, which manufactures the Dornier 228, has received a new order from Aurigny Air Services following the on-schedule delivery of its first aircraft of the type at the end of 2015.Aurigny is currently in the process of replacing its Trislander fleet, which is set to be fully retired over the course of 2016. The carrier’s aim is to operate a three-strong Dornier fleet comprising two new aircraft and one refurbished platform, with the second new Dornier 228 aircraft scheduled for delivery in summer 2017.“Operating the Dornier 228 offers numerous advantages for Aurigny,” asserts Volker Wallrodt,SVP business jets, Do228 and components at RUAG Aviation. “For passengers, the Dornier is much roomier, more comfortable, and considerably quieter, ensuring a superior flight experience. The aircraft is also well-suited to the particular challenges of flying routes to and from the Channel Islands, where weather conditions are notoriously challenging.“Furthermore, Alderney’s airport, with its relatively short runway, is prone to strong crosswinds, making the Dornier’s short take-off and landing (STOL) and 30-knot crosswind capabilities all the more important,” Wallrodt continued. “On a logistics level, the increased speed of the 19-seater twin turboprop significantly shortens flight times, allowing Aurigny to operate an additional round trip per day.“In fact, thanks to RUAG’s proven capabilities in avionics and system integration, Aurigny’s latest new Dornier 228 aircraft will be the first to be fitted with a digital autopilot, developed by RUAG Aviation’s own engineering team,” concluded Wallrodt.