The aircraft is wholly owned by the company and will be used on the Alderney routes. It has come from Odense in Denmark where painting took place. It is currently registered as D-IFLM but in due course will be transferred by the CAA to the British registry.
Mark Darby, the CEO of Aurigny, says: “It is great news for Aurigny and for our passengers who use the Alderney service, that we have taken possession of this Dornier. I’m also delighted to confirm that we have now completed the purchase of a second Dornier 228 that we were leasing from Aero VIP in Portugal. This aircraft will also be repainted and should be back, ready for service, in mid-June.”
Malcolm Coupar, Aurigny’s commercial director, says: “The Dornier is faster, quieter and carries more passengers and luggage than the Trislander. Seating is also more comfortable with a central aisle adding space. All round the aircraft will much improve the customer experience on our Alderney routes. The acquisition of the Dorniers gives us the ability to carry more passengers during peaks of demand.”
In the short term, and until placed on Aurigny’s Air Operators Certificate, the Dorniers will continue to be operated by the Portuguese company Grupo 7. We expect to have the aircraft fully integrated into Aurigny’s operation later this year.