Air Omega UK completes 328Jet purchase

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German-based regional startup Air Omega UK has finalized a firm order for two Fairchild Dornier 328JET aircraft, as well as a lease agreement for two additional 328JETs.

Fairchild Dornier values the transaction at $44 million.

Air Omega UK, a sister to German freight carrier Air Omega, is planning to take over a number of domestic routes to be surrendered by Lufthansa partner Augsburg Airways from 1 June. It plans to operate a fleet of four Fairchild Dornier 328JETs from Augsburg airport near Munich, on a network initially comprising flights to Berlin Tempelhof, Dusseldorf and Hamburg.

“We selected the 328 on the basis of three criteria,” says Air Omega UK CEO Armin Peuker. “Short field performance, cabin size and the quality of the Dornier product. Runway length at our Augsburg home base is only 1,200m. No other production aircraft could match the 328 payload performance from Augsburg.”

Three 328JET aircraft are to be acquired this year. The first is expected to arrive on 15 May, with a second following on 31 May. Another will arrive in July. Air Omega UK’s fourth aircraft will be introduced in 2004.

Fairchild Dornier’s new management, led by US businessman and chief executive Ben Bartel, inherited an inventory of 18 328JETs and say plans are underway to restart production of the aircraft in July.