Flying Sustainably

A new chapter in Saxony's aviation history began on May 16, 2023: the ground-breaking ceremony for the new Deutsche Aircraft plant for the construction of the "D328eco" aircraft took place at Leipzig/Halle Airport. Saxony will once again be a location for the construction of complete aircrafts.

In future, the world's most modern and sustainable turboprop aircraft, the D328eco™, will be assembled in Leipzig. (Source: Deutsche Aircraft GmbH)

In its press release, the company explains why Deutsche Aircraft chose Leipzig: "The strategic orientation of Deutsche Aircraft and Leipzig/Halle Airport as well as the support of the Free State of Saxony make Leipzig an attractive location for the assembly line. The region has an excellent infrastructure, sufficient space and a qualified workforce. In addition, Saxony has a long tradition in aircraft construction, which Deutsche Aircraft can now build on."

The final assembly line for the world's most modern and sustainable turboprop aircraft, the D328eco™, will be built on an area of around 62,000 square meters and will have a production capacity of forty-eight D328eco aircraft per year. In addition to the production hall, a hangar for aircraft delivery, a logistics center and an administration building with parking spaces will also be built.

With the new assembly line, Leipzig/Halle Airport will become a beacon of sustainable aviation. The D328eco sets standards in terms of climate-friendly production and environmentally friendly flying. It can fly 100% "The assembly line is also designed to be completely CO2-neutral," says Sebastian Böhnl (Board Member for Infrastructure and Digitalization, Deutsche Aircraft), explaining the energy concept for the entire production facility. "We will produce around 750 kW of solar power with a photovoltaic system on the roof. From the use of heat pumps, the optional expansion with energy storage systems, green spaces on the roof and the wood-concrete hybrid construction to electric charging stations for cars and bicycles, this innovative investment is well integrated into a sustainable production ecosystem."on Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). Up to 40 passengers will be able to reach their destinations quickly and ecologically on short-haul flights. This is a quantum leap for the entire industry.

"Auch die Montagelinie ist komplett CO2-neutral ausgelegt", erläutert Sebastian Böhnl (Vorstand Infrastruktur und Digitalisierung, Deutsche Aircraft) das Energiekonzept für die gesamte Produktionsstätte. "Wir werden mit einer Photovoltaikanlage auf dem Dach rund 750 kW Solarstrom produzieren. Vom Einsatz von Wärmepumpen, der optionalen Erweiterung mit Energiespeichern, Grünflächen auf dem Dach und der Holz-Beton-Hybridbauweise bis hin zu Elektroladestationen für Autos und Fahrräder ist diese innovative Investition gut in ein nachhaltiges Produktionsökosystem eingebunden."

Source: Deutsche Aircraft GmbH press release dated May 16, 2023

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