Diamond Will Help To Build Seastar
The Dornier Seastar will be built with the help of Diamond, which just struck a deal to produce fuselage, wings and tail for the aircraft. Dornier Seawings, GmbH will finish assembly of the Seastar in Germany. The added work for Diamond will require the addition of 40 new employees and spells some long awaited uplift for the company.
Charles Adcock, Editor of Aviation International News, an aviation publication stated:
“This is very good news for Diamond, that aircraft has a nice market and it has a lot of potential. It is a vote of confidence in that company.”
Diamond, which shed nearly half of its workforce back in 2010 after a refusal by the government to lend a hand in the development of the D-Jet is experiencing a much needed uplift and is excited. The company has been rebuilding its business, according to Peter Maurer, who is CEO of Diamond Aircraft.
The turboprop which started in concept and design back in the 80’s will be able to carry two crew and up to 12 passengers comfortably at 180kts for up to 900 nautical miles with the price-tag showing some $6 Million. Dornier rose to prominence in the 1920s and 1930s as a manufacturer of large, all-metal flying boats, including the 1924 Wal and the 12 engine Do-X in 1929. The Dornier Museum is located in Friedrichshafen (Germany) at the Lake of Constance and offers a great overview of the Dornier Heritage.
About Dornier Seawings: Dornier Seawings GmbH is an associate of the newly established Joint Venture between the Dornier family and two fully state-owned Chinese enterprises. The Joint Venture is headquartered in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, China. The company’s mission is to design, produce, sell and support amphibious aircraft that offer operators enhanced mission capabilities to get a foot in new business fields which will result in adding value.