But the concept prevailed, today about 150 aircraft are still in the air, even the US Air Force operates a military special mission version as C-146A Wolfhound, having gone through a remanufacturing process at the original assembly line south of Munich.
That is run by a 328 support company founded in 2005, “always with the idea of a production restart”, says Nico Neumann, VP Operations and Programs for Deutsche Aircraft, the new company name, in an interview with Airlineratings.com
Deutsche Aircraft is giving Dornier’s short-haul champion, the Do 328, a new eco lease on life with a new model due to enter service by 2025.
The 30-seat German-built turboprop Dornier Do 328 was way ahead of its time when it first entered service in 1993: It had a glass cockpit, a quarter of it was made from composite materials and it was flying almost as fast as a jet, with a cruise speed of 640 km/h.
And it holds a rare distinction in aviation: It was the only passenger aircraft ever where the same airframe had two options read more ⇒