Reenergizing aircraft construction
The DRA GmbH project represents the first new production facility in the east since the end of aircraft construction in the former East Germany. “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,” says Dave Jackson, managing director of 328 Support Services GmbH. More details on the project will be released in early 2020.
The D328NEU will have new engines, a new cockpit and a slightly extended fuselage that will be able to accommodate 39 passengers, up from the current 32. New propellers will make the D328NEU more fuel-efficient and quieter but preserve “the DNA and reliability of the Dornier 328,” according to DRA.