Monday, January 20, 2014

New Central Airservice receives 2nd Dornier 228NG.

On January 16th, New Central Airservice's (CUK) second Dornier Do 228NG, its fifth of the type, was delivered from Germany to the airline's maintenance base at Ryugasaki Airfield (ICAO: none) in Chiba prefecture registered as D-CJAP. It will be re-registered JA35CA.
New Central Airservice's Dornier Do 228 and destinations. (Image: CUK)

New Central Airservice will use the 19-seat aircraft to launch three-times daily Tokyo/Chofu (RJTF) - Miyakejima (MYE/RJTQ) service on April 2nd, replacing ANA Wings (EH/AKX), which at the end of March will suspend its single daily Tokyo/Haneda (HND/RJTT) - Miyakejima route currently operated with its last remaining 56-seat Bombardier DHC-8-315 (300Q) JA804K. Located approximately 180km south of Tokyo and administered by the nation's capital, Miyakejima, one of the nine inhabited Izu Islands, is home to 2,580 people. The only means of transportation from the island to Tokyo is either the 50-minute flight, or a six-hour ferry ride. These essential services are subsidized by the government of Tokyo.

The airline was the launch customer for the 'New Generation' Dornier Do 228, upgraded with a glass cockpit, five-blade propeller, and longer range. It is manufactured by Swiss technology firm RUAG. Chofu Airport, located in northwestern Tokyo, is New Central Airservice's hub for its scheduled commuter flights to the Izu Islands. With its fleet of Dornier Do 228s, they currently operate to Kouzushima (RJAZ), Niijima (RJAN), and Oshima (OIM/RJTO).

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