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In the presence of the Bavarian Minister of Economic Affairs, Martin Zeil, and the executive chairman of RUAG Holding, Konrad Peter, the modernised assembly hall at the Oberpfaffenhofen airport near Munich was ceremonially opened on Thursday. Here, final assembly of the Dornier 228 New Generation will take place, and the maintenance of military and civil aircraft will be carried out. In Oberpfaffenhofen, RUAG employs around 1000 staff.


Alexander Müller, the managing director of RUAG Aerospace Services GmbH, greeted the Bavarian Minister of Economic Affairs Martin Zeil at the opening ceremony for the modernised assembly hall, and explained how RUAG in Oberpfaffenhofen has further developed Dornier’s classical regional traffic aircraft into the “Dornier 228 New Generation”, with over 300 renovations. RUAG is the only manufacturer which assembles an aircraft of these dimensions entirely in Germany.


“The modernisation and inauguration of the assembly hall is a demonstration that RUAG is the centre of excellence for civil and military aircraft maintenance, servicing, repair, and final assembly,” said Alexander Müller. “In Oberpfaffenhofen we carry out various tasks: In addition to the production of the Dornier 228 New Generation and its conversion to the aircraft used for many types of special missions, using the most up-to-date sensor technology, one of our core skills is the MRO business (Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul) for military and civil aircraft, especially for the planes in the Dornier family.”


In his speech, Minister Zeil praised RUAG’s commitment in Bavaria, and the investments in the Oberpfaffenhofen location. “RUAG Aerospace is one of the most successful players in the industry: More than 1000 people are employed in three different companies which have invested heavily in Oberpfaffenhofen in recent years, and the new hall shows not least that these companies are clearly on the course to success here,” said Zeil in praise of the group’s activities.