328 Group Does A Brand Split
The 328 Group returned to the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg with a new brand identity that splits the company into its two prime areas of expertise: “328” and “Jets.”
The move reflects 328 Group’s increasing portfolio of interior manufacture and design work on aircraft ranging from small helicopters to large airplanes such as the Airbus A340 and Boeing 767, and its expansion of maintenance expertise under the “Jets” brand. The change also comes following the recent acquisition of a new maintenance facility at London Biggin Hill Airport.
Under the 328 brand is 328 Support Services, the type certificate holder for the Dornier 328 (jet and turboprop series), as well as 328 Design. The group will continue to concentrate on providing support for the worldwide Dornier fleet, through 328 Support Services, as well as building on its success with its STC design activities and manufacturing, primarily centering on executive cabin completion and refurbishment, through the design division.
The group’s main facilities are at Oberpfaffenhofen, near Munich, Germany. Its current Jets operational UK base is at Bournemouth Airport and its third home is the new facility at London Biggin Hill.
“We are also eying other locations for maintenance and completions in the future,” said 328 Group CEO Dave Jackson.
In other 328 Group news, 328 Design received EASA supplemental type certification for a Bombardier CRJ200. In collaboration with Ruag Aircraft Services, the company converted the CRJ from regional airline configuration to a 10-passenger executive layout.
The cabin has been fitted with Emteq’s eConnect and eQuation system, allowing passengers to use personal electronic devices to connect to and control the cabin.
It was the first collaboration of 328 Design and Ruag, a partnership that is not likely to be the last, said 328 Design CEO and head of design Jörg Gorkenant.