14 JULY 2014
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Aurigny could be standing down its venerable Britten Norman (BN) Trislander aircraft for the twin-engined Dornier 228 and is expected to debut at London City Airport from September.
Aurigny is in discussion with the Dornier Portuguese operator Aero VIP to wet lease two of the 17-seat aircraft for a new route connecting London City Airport (LCY) with Guernsey according to CEO Mark Darby highlighting that the type could be a replacement for its six veteran BN aircraft, a stretched Islander which first flew in 1970 with Aurigny as an original customer. “The Dorniers will be a low risk option to trial out the London City flights, before moving up to a bigger ATR,” he said. Aurigny operates the parallel Guernsey – Gatwick route with a Embraer 195 (see BTN 7 July), whilst Channel Island rival Blue Islands flies twice daily Jersey – London City with an ATR 42.
Dornier is now owned by RUAG, the Swiss technological company, the Dornier 228NG in production at Oberpfaffenhofen (Germany), with Venezuela the latest customer for 10 aircraft. A variant is built in India too. www.aurigny.com
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