328 Support Services GmbH (328SSG) last week announced the formation of a new aircraft original equipment manufacturer, DRA GmbH, founded on the heritage of Dornier.
328SSG, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), is the Type Certificate holder of the Dornier 328 aircraft. Representatives of 328SSG, SNC, and the German Federal & State of Saxony ministries, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish DRA GmbH’s final assembly line for the D328NEU aircraft, a derivative of the Dornier 328, at Leipzig/Halle Airport, in Germany. The project anticipates creation of up to 250 new jobs at the production facilities in Leipzig, and an additional 100+ jobs at 328SSG’s HQ in Oberpfaffenhofen, near Munich.
The D328NEU is equipped with new engines, a new cockpit and a slightly stretched fuselage that can accommodate 39 passengers. According to DRA it will be an aircraft «with the DNA and reliability of the Dornier 328». New propellers are supposed to make the D328NEU more fuel efficient and quiet. Further updates on the programme will be announced late quarter one of 2020.