How Deutsche Aircraft plans to revamp the Dornier 328

In 2025 – 32 years after the Dornier 328 entered service – the Bavarian-built commuter will return as the reconsidered, redeveloped, revamped and re-engined D328eco. Andreas Spaeth talks to Deutsche Aircraft CEO Dave Jackson

German civil airliner production has a chequered history. The first post-war project was the East German Baade 152 quad-jet in the late 1950s – the Dresden-built airliner never advanced beyond prototype testing before being cancelled after a crash in March 1961 killing all four crew.

The first West German-built aircraft was the HFB 320 Hansa Jet –a business jet for up to 12 passengers.

A seven-year production run concluded in 1973 after 47 examples had been completed.

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