328 Support delivers final aircraft to Skybird
German based 328 Support GmbH has delivered the third and final Dornier 328 aircraft to Skybird Air.
The Lagos based company, which was a new African customer for 328, accepted the refurbished 32 seat 328 Jet aircraft at 328’s facilities in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany. The latest delivery completes a contract worth over €14 million in total which saw recently rebranded 328 refurbish three Dornier 328 aircraft into two 32-seat passenger airliner conversions and a VIP configured 328DBJ last year.
The VIP conversion features a first for Africa with SkyBird Air choosing the 328DBJ version. This format has long range tanks fitted to the aircraft, increasing its overall range, with four passengers, to just under 2,000 nautical miles.
The aircraft was received just as SkyBird Air was awarded its Nigerian Aircraft Operators Certificate (AOC) and with this final delivery will begin operating the three aircraft on a charter basis out of its base at Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos in May.
Photograph: Captain James Daniels of Skybird Air accepting the aircraft from Dave Jackson, managing director of 328 Group