Placed at the end of 2013, the order comprises eight factory new Dornier 228 New Generation and two pre-owned Dornier 228-212, as well as spare parts, ground equipment and training. The second Dornier 228-212 is due to be delivered shortly, while the eight Dornier 228 New Generation aircraft are scheduled for delivery beginning in 2014.
“The project is fully on track with the delivery of this first Dornier 228 to Venezuela,” says Thomas K. Schilliger, Vice President of Commercial Programs at RUAG Aviation. “The Venezuelan government has expressed their satisfaction with the aircraft, and will presently be entering it into regular operation.”
The purchase of the Dornier 228 represents the fulfilment of an election promise made by Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro: with their reliability even in challenging terrain and under all weather conditions, the Dornier 228 fleet improves travel between remote areas and regional hubs. This provides residents in formerly hard-to-reach areas with greater access to medical care and government support, as well as all manner of modern resources.
The ten Dornier 228 are civil registered, and operated by the Venezuelan Air Force on behalf of the Government.