Switzerland’s Ruag Aerospace plans to deliver its first new-build 19-seat Dornier Do-228 New Generation to an as yet unidentified Japanese commuter airline at the end of September, Ruag Aerospace Services sales director Hubert Seher told AIN at the Regional Airline Association Convention in Milwaukee in late May.
The Ruag Group has streamlined its business aircraft maintenance facilities in response to a net loss in that sector of approximately $103 million for 2009 compared with a net profit of $50 million in 2008. However, Ruag Holding CEO Lukas Braunschweiler pointed out that the loss is allocated entirely to its aircraft component manufacturing division, where low-cost competition is exerting strong pressure on prices.
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The Ruag group has streamlined its business aircraft maintenance facilities as part of its response to posting a net loss in that sector of approximately $103 million for 2009 compared with a net profit of $50 million in 2008. However, Ruag Holding CEO Lukas Braunschweiler pointed out that the loss is allocated entirely to its aircraft component manufacturing division, where low-cost competition is exerting strong pressure on prices.
Ruag Aerospace Services (Stand K95) is here promoting the Do 228 NG, an upgraded version of the Dornier 228 twin turboprop. “Asia–especially the southeast and Far East–is the most important region for us,” sales director Thomas
Imke told AIN.
Last November, Ruag Aerospace rolled out the new version of the Dornier Do-228 twin turboprop, the 228NG, and began the flight-test program for the resurrected airplane. Ruag’s board of directors decided to bring the 228 back into production in October 2007. The first 228NG took to the skies over Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany, on November 12.
Ruag Aerospace says it is on track to complete certification and first delivery of its Do228NG in March. The company holds orders and options for 10 of the New Generation version of the Dornier 228 twin turboprop from customers in Japan, Mexico, Australia, Vietnam and Argentina. The first of the upgraded aircraft was rolled out at Ruag’s facility at Oberpfaffenhofen in southern Germany on November 12 and has been in flight test since then.
Four Dornier 228s operated by the German Navy’s Marineflieger-geschwader 3 “Graf Zeppelin” on pollution-control and surveillance missions are being upgraded with new glass cockpits and composite propellers by Ruag Aerospace. The German Office of Defense Technology and Procurement signed the contract for the upgrade program in early August.
Ruag may have to close its Zurich-Kloten site “due to unfavorable cost structures,” according to a spokesman for the company’s Aircraft Services Network, which maintains business and executive jets. He said the civil aircraft maintenance business is strategically important to the company, but cost pressure and lower margins are forcing management to revise its strategy.