328 Support Services GmbH (328SSG) – Type Certificate holder for the D328® aircraft – officially became Deutsche Aircraft GmbH (Deutsche Aircraft) on October 8, 2021. The new company name follows the reestablishment of the company as an Aircraft Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM).
Following a decades-long track record of success as 328SSG, Deutsche Aircraft is poised to support the future of aviation with development of the D328eco™ aircraft, a fast, modern, high-flying, 40-seat turboprop that is SAF compatible and features a new integrated Companion™ flight deck (based on Garmin 5000 avionics suite). The D328eco is expected to enter into service by end of 2025.
Headquartered in Oberpfaffenhofen, near Munich, Deutsche Aircraft will continue to provide maintenance and technical support to the global D328 fleet in service. Deutsche Aircraft also has plans to grow its engineering, operations, programs and supply chain teams to support the D328eco program development. The first prototypes of the D328eco will be built in Oberpfaffenhofen with the flight-testing campaign scheduled to start in 2024.
The new and state-of-the-art Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Leipzig is on target to be operational by the end of 2024. Restarting production in Germany allows the company to capitalize on the growing and immediate demand for aircraft of this size with a proven and internationally recognized platform.