Denmark's Sun-Air of Scandinavia has taken over all three Dornier 328Jets previously operated by defunct German carrier Cirrus Airlines, though one of the aircraft might be cannibalised for spares.
The regional jets (MSNs 3130, 3131 and 3146) had been stored at Cirrus's former base in Saarbrücken since 2008, says Erkan Pinar, commercial manager at Do-Tec, an MRO specialist for the legacy Dornier 328 family at Memmingen airport.
Do-Tec has been restoring the aircraft to flying condition and refurbishing their interiors for the new owner.
Pinar says that the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW300-powered regional jets were in a poor state after the previous owner had parked them without an adequate storage maintenance programme.
The youngest aircraft, MSN 3146, which was built in 2000 and last operated under D-BGAE registration, underwent a three-and-a-half month overhaul beginning last September. This included landing gear replacement, corrosion prevention and engine review.
It was also repainted by Aviation Cosmetics in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, with a British Airways livery - Sun-Air is BA franchise carrier - and entered service under its new registration OY-NCV.
MSN 3131, which was built in 1999, is due to complete its MRO programme in late February before joining the Sun-Air fleet.
However, Pinar says the fate of MSN3130 is as yet undecided. While the airframe is nowhere near its life limit, he suspects it might be used as a spare part source and will likely be brought to Denmark by road transport.