Deutsche Aircraft Begins Construction of D328eco Final Assembly Line

Deutsche Aircraft officials with State Secretary at ILA 2024 Berlin.
Photo Credit: Deutsche Aircraft

Deutsche Aircraft has seen significant progress on its new Final Assembly Line (FAL) for the D328eco. This is the German OEM’s state-of-the-art 40-seater turboprop regional aircraft.

This marks a further important step for the D328eco program and the future of aviation in Saxony.

Following a groundbreaking ceremony in May 2023, construction at Leipzig/Halle Airport is well underway. The foundation has been laid, and preparations are in full swing for the next phase.

This ambitious project recently received a visit from Thomas Kralinski, State Secretary of the Saxon State Ministry for Economics, Labour and Transport.

The State Secretary paid a visit to Deutsche Aircraft’s stand at ILA 2024 in Berlin. Here, he met with Nico Neumann, COO of Deutsche Aircraft, to discuss the project’s progress.

A Deutsche Aircraft D328eco aircraft in flight.
Photo Credit: Deutsche Aircraft

Final Assembly Line Progress

“We are thrilled with the continued progress on the Final Assembly Line,” said Nico Neumann, COO of Deutsche Aircraft.

“Implementing the latest industry standards is paramount to the D328eco program. We’re also making significant headway in preparing our workforce of 250 with initial training already underway at the Leipzig site.”

The FAL boasts a 100% climate-friendly design, achieving CO2-neutral production through a rooftop photovoltaic system.

Furthermore, the facility incorporates state-of-the-art heat pumps and energy storage for self-sufficient electricity.

Sustainability extends beyond energy, with a green roof and a wood-concrete hybrid administration building minimizing environmental impact.

Innovation in Design

Deutsche Aircraft is embracing digitalization with a focus on 100% paperless production. Automated transport systems and cutting-edge IT solutions aim to enhance both efficiency and precision throughout the manufacturing process.

This commitment to innovation creates a modern production environment and an attractive workplace for employees.

The NL EASP AIR D328® Turboprop fleet in front of the Deutsche Aircraft Hangar in Oberpfaffenhofen
Photo Credit: Deutsche Aircraft

Annual Production Capacity

The complete FAL complex, encompasses a flight readiness hangar, logistics center, and administration building. Overall, the new facility will span an impressive 62,000 square meters.

The complex has a projected annual production capacity of 48 D328eco aircraft. The project is forecast to create 250 to 350 new jobs in the region.

About Deutsche Aircraft

The German aircraft manufacturer builds on the legacy of aviation pioneers. It seeks to continue to propel the aviation industry forward with innovative solutions.

Deutsche Aircraft is developing the most advanced regional aircraft on the market: the D328eco.

A team of international engineering and aviation experts brings their passion and expertise to support the project.

The company leverages its experience as type certificate holder and service partner for existing D328 (prop and jet) operators globally.

This makes Deutsche Aircraft ideally placed to enhance existing fleets with this next-generation aircraft.

Deutsche Aircraft, alongside its partners, injects €100 million+ to propel aviation forward with this groundbreaking investment.

The new FAL represents a significant leap towards a more sustainable and innovative future for the industry.

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