Fairchild Dornier Breaks Ground For New 728JET Family Assembly Facility
(Source : Fairchild Dornier ; issued Oct. 9 web posted Oct. 11, 2001)
OBERPFAFFENHOFEN, Germany --- Fairchild Dornier today broke ground for its new 728JET-assembly facility. The 17,640-square meter facility, to be completed in March 2003, will accommodate series production of the entire 728JET Family of airliners.
"This is an investment, not just for the next few years, but for the next 20 to 30 years," Fairchild Dornier Board Chairman Chuck Pieper told a crowd of guests and employees at the ceremony.
The facility is designed to handle any size airliner in the new family of aircraft that ranges from 55 to 110 seats. The 728JET is the first family member from Fairchild Dornier and will hold 70 to 85 passengers. The first 728JET is in final assembly in the prototype assembly hangar near the new facility. All flight test and static and fatigue test aircraft will be produced in the prototype hangar on production tooling that will simply be transferred to the new assembly facility.
Inside the facility, the assembly system - a unique mixture of assembly line and fixed dock stations - has been designed by Fairchild Dornier using a state-of-the-art digital modeling system for maximum production efficiency. The assembly process will be able to produce all versions of the family in series production, and is set to accommodate a planned production rate of 10 aircraft per month beginning in 2005.
The new facility was designed by Kohlbecker Gesamtplan GmbH. The general contractor for the facility is Züblin of Stuttgart, while project management for the facility is Alba of Munich.
The 728JET now in assembly will make its first flight early next year and will enter service in mid-2003 following flight test and certification. Fairchild Dornier holds orders and options for 286 728JET/928JET aircraft.
Fairchild Dornier is a leading manufacturer of jet aircraft for the airline, corporate and government markets and provides a wide range of sales, support, production and engineering services for the aviation industry. Fairchild Dornier is a privately held corporation, with Clayton, Dubilier & Rice and Allianz Capital Partners as majority owners. In addition to facilities in San Antonio, Texas, and Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany, Fairchild Dornier has offices near Washington, D.C. and in other locations worldwide.