The traditional “big is beautiful” and linked to economies of scale has become a thing of the past. Not only does frequency on smaller aircraft attract a higher average yield and contribution to profits, but also the cost degression when moving to larger aircraft has been “broken” in many cases.
The most obvious example is at the other end of the aviation spectrum - the A380. Two highly efficient twin long haul aircraft offering the same total seat count in two flights as for one single A380 flights have the same total cost and hence less risk. Going lower, the CSeries (now A220) has triggered many airlines from larger units which those airlines thought were needed for the seat-mile cost to the smaller A220 as well as the E2 family. The right mix of seat-mile cost, trip-cost and capacity drives profitability.
The reduced risk of having to fill less seats on the smaller efficient aircraft compared to the pressure to sell on EACH flight a larger number seats has changed the way networks are being calculated. The smaller variants of the A320 and 737 families are seeing reduced sales, whilst the A220 grow.
The D328eco is uniquely positioned with its size to reduce the risk of high trip costs whilst already offering the right seat-mile cost. It therefore becomes the logical and profitable solution to replace slightly larger aircraft whether or irrespective if those are props, or even larger aircraft, if they are jets.
By introducing advanced flight deck capabilities, SAF compatible airframe, and more efficient engines, the D328eco will change the way we fly and help reduce our carbon footprint.
Small is Beautiful
By introducing advanced flight deck capabilities, SAF compatible airframe, and more efficient engines, the D328eco™ will change the way we fly and help reduce our carbon footprint.
With a high average yield and contribution to profits, and also cost digression, the D328eco is positioned to reduce the risk of high trips costs while offering the right seat-mile costs compared to its larger counterparts*.
Our design includes a number of features that will enable our aircraft to expand to new heights and improve regional transportation access via sustainable means.
Optimized for higher propulsive efficiency and low noise, they will work together with the engine to ensure the D328eco™ remains one of the most economical turboprops within the regional and special mission markets.
Fully compliant with REACH manufacturing processes and regulations (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation & restriction of CHemicals), to meet more sustainable objectives.
The D328eco™ Flight Deck is designed for future single pilot operation, with latest generation avionics suite. This will enable greater operational efficiency and ensuring full compliance with all known future CNS/ATM regulations.
The Pratt and Whitney Canada PW127S engine, more efficient and will allow better performance increased SHP to support the increased MTOW. The maintenance service goal will improve while the operating cost is reduced.
The D328eco™ is nearly 2 meters longer than the original D328® airframe to provide additional seating capacity and enhance the proven multi-role capability of the aircraft. Seating 40 passengers as a standard configuration. The new cabin design will offer increased health and safety capabilities while allowing standard trolleys on-board.
Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) compatible airframe to lower the carbon emission and help reduce our carbon footprint.
The D328eco™ will equal the outstanding field performance of its ancestor, offering even more power & payload to extend the range of missions’ possibilities. The aircraft is capable of reaching up to 30,000-feet service ceilings. This ability allows the aircraft to access less crowded upper airways therefore reducing fuel consumption and allowing longer missions.