Japanese operator, New Central Airservice, together with their longstanding partner, Sojitz Aerospace Corporation (SOASCO), accepted delivery of their factory new 19-passenger commuter aircraft during a ceremony at the RUAG MRO International facilities in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany, on 29 March 2019. A RUAG Dornier 228 crew ferried the aircraft to Japan, on the customer’s behalf, departing Oberpfaffenhofen, on 15 April, and delivering it to the NCA and SOASCO facilities at Ryugasaki Airfield, on 27 April. This marks the fourth new production series Dornier 228 to be delivered to NCA, since 2010.
This brand new Dornier 228 aircraft features two newly introduced Dornier 228 solutions: ADS-B Out compliant avionics have been included in the glass cockpit configuration; and, the recently approved, enhanced cabin seating system has also been fitted. The aircraft also displays the operator’s distinctive livery, applied by the specialists at the aircraft painting shop located within the RUAG MRO International premises.
NCA operates their Dornier 228 fleet in both passenger and cargo configurations, flying in demanding conditions. 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 their municipal government. Thomas Müller, Director Dornier 228 Program, RUAG MRO International, explains, “NCA requires an aircraft whose reliability and consistent performance have been proven in challenging conditions, such as heavy weather fronts, high winds and cross-winds, as well as for demanding take-off and landing operations due to decisively short airstrips. The Dornier 228 continues to be the industry’s outstanding solution to these issues,” he confirms.
"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,” states Volker Wallrodt, Senior Vice President Business Jets, Dornier 228, Military, RUAG MRO International. “Availability of this new aircraft is vital for NCA in their mission to fulfill their government mandate. They have placed their confidence in us and in the Dornier 228, and we feel this responsibility keenly,” he states.
RUAG MRO International is an independent supplier, support provider and integrator of systems and components for civil and military aviation worldwide. It also develops and supports simulation and training systems and solutions for international trained security forces.
Highly specialized in the support of aircraft and helicopters throughout their entire life cycle, the company includes maintenance, repair and overhaul services, upgrades, and the development, manufacture and integration of subsystems and components in their service portfolio.
In addition, as the manufacturer (OEM) of the Dornier 228, a versatile aircraft for special missions as well as passenger and cargo operations, RUAG focuses on customer support solutions, including OEM services.
Moreover, RUAG MRO International is a developer, OEM and system support provider for simulation and training systems technology for live, virtual and constructive (LVC) training. Complex and flexible functions, and a holistic approach, support realistic training scenarios, adapted to mission goals, at individual, team and unit instruction levels.