A factory-new Dornier 228 has been delivered by Ruag, the OEM, to repeat customer New Central Airservice (NCA). The aircraft is configured in a commuter configuration for 19 passengers and features two new solutions – ADS-B Out compliant avionics and recently enhanced cabin seating.
NCA, a Japanese operator, took delivery of the aircraft with long-standing partner Sojitz Aerospace Corporation (SOASCO). This is the fourth new Dornier 228 delivered to NCA since 2010. The aircraft was ferried from Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany, to Ryugasaki, Japan, on April 27, 2019.
NCA operates its Dornier 228 fleet in both passenger and cargo configurations. The Dornier 228 enables NCA to maintain its operations between the Japanese mainland and the remote Izu Islands, a flight plan they are entrusted with by the municipal government.
“NCA requires an aircraft whose reliability and consistent performance have been proven in challenging conditions, such as heavy weather fronts, high winds and crosswinds, as well as for demanding take-off and landing operations due to decisively short airstrips,” said Thomas Müller, director of the Dornier 228 program at Ruag MRO International. “The Dornier 228 continues to be the industry’s outstanding solution to these issues.”
“The delivery of this new aircraft to our loyal customer, NCA, marks another milestone in our Dornier 228 production and we are delighted to fulfill their expectations,” said Volker Wallrodt, senior vice president of business jets, the Dornier 228 and military at Ruag MRO International.