Second New Generation Dornier joins the fleet
AURIGNY’S second New Generation Dornier 228 aircraft is set to make its maiden commercial flight later this week after its delayed arrival from manufacturer RUAG.
The new G-ETAC aircraft joins Aurigny’s other New Generation Dornier, G-OAUR, which arrived in 2015.
Between them they will now provide the majority of services to Alderney, Southampton and Dinard.
During the delay period, RUAG provided Aurigny with a Classic Dornier to ensure inter-island services were adequately covered.
This has now been returned.
Aurigny CEO Mark Darby said: ‘We are delighted to take delivery of G-ETAC. The aircraft is equipped with the latest New Generation systems and has comfortable seats to provide the very best customer experience.’
He added: ‘Alongside our other New Generation aircraft [G-OAUR], it will provide the backbone to the fleet and operate a majority of our inter-island services.
‘This was an important investment in our Alderney operations and ensures we have a fleet that can serve us well for years to come.’
The States of Alderney CEO Andrew Muter said: ‘I am delighted with the news that the new Dornier will shortly be serving Alderney.
‘The availability of reliable, modern aircraft with up-to-date technology is a real plus for the island and for its visitors.
‘I very much welcome this investment by Aurigny and look forward to flying in the new plane.’