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Waiting on a plane: Dornier's 328; the German 33-passenger commuter transport program is on schedule, with first deliveries to Contactair due in December, 1992.

Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany-Dornier Luftfahrt GmbH has taken great pains to convince the worldwide regional-airline industry that its 328 will be a viable competitor in the 30-plus-seat market. And the program is on schedule, despite the company's protracted funding and control battles with the Dornier family, which ended two years ago. Those battles delayed the 328 program by some six months.

At a briefing here, Dornier, a division of Deutche Aerospace AG, updated the aviation media on the ongoing development of the 30-33-passenger, pressurized 328. Among the important dates to remember: First flight of the 328 is scheduled for next July. Certification under Joint Airworthiness Requirements (JAR) and FAA are slated for December, 1992 and the first quarter of 1993, respectively.

Delivery of the first of two aircraft to Stuftgart-based regional carrier Contactair also is planned for December, 1992, while U.S. launch customer Midway Airlines is to receive the first of its 33 ordered aircraft in April, 1993. …

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