Venezuelan government to acquire Dornier 228NGs

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Venezuela's government is to acquire 10 Dornier 228 turboprops, including eight new-build 228NGs, for regional passenger transport.

The aircraft's manufacturer, RUAG, says that the fleet will be used to connect regional hubs to remote inhabited areas.

It states that, along with the eight 228NGs, the Venezuelan batch will include two pre-owned 228s. The aircraft will have a passenger configuration.

Venezuela's government, it adds, is the first fleet customer for the type in Latin America since the turboprop was relaunched as a modernised airframe.

"With the Dornier 228 operating these routes, residents in formerly hard-to-reach areas will have greater access to medical care and government support, as well as all manner of modern resources," says RUAG Aviation commercial programmes vice-president Thomas Schilliger.

RUAG says the acquisition agreement includes training, spares and ground-support equipment.