US company’s new Turkish subsidiary to produce country’s first regional jet
AA PhotoSierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), a United States-based aerospace and aviation systems company, announced the formation of its newest wholly-owned subsidiary, TRJet Havacılık Teknolojileri (TRJet) to produce Turkey’s first regional jet in a written statement made June 16.
The announcement at the Paris Air Show followed SNC’s May 27 signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Turkish defense company STM in support of the Turkish Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs & Communications to produce the country’s first regional jet as part of its Regional Aircraft Project.
TRJet will be based in Ankara and will serve the Regional Aircraft Project as well as the commercial aviation sector, said the company.
“The newly launched Regional Aircraft Project utilizes the TRJ328 aircraft, a modernized version of the Dornier 328 [D328], as a first step toward production of Turkey’s first domestically-built passenger aircraft, theTRJ628. The TRJet subsidiary will ultimately produce and sell the TRJ328, as well as other variants, and will play an essential role in making Turkey’s first indigenous passenger aircraft a reality,” added the company.
TRJet will combine the legacy of two esteemed aviation companies, SNC and 328 Support Services GmbH (328 SSG), to create an aviation and aerospace company that merges modern-edge German aircraft engineering and the latest industry modification standards. The Turkish government will capitalize on this technology and on Dornier’s legacy of innovation, to support the growth of Turkey’s existing civil aviation industry, as well as to open the country to the global aviation market. The 328 SSG is currently certified in 85 countries around the world, and is in use in many countries, including the U.S., Switzerland, Germany, U.K. and Denmark.
“We believe that the combination of technology, research, collaboration and decades of experience is the right recipe for TRJet’s future success in Turkey and around the globe,” said SNC President Eren Ozmen, who added, “We are confident that TRJet, working with our partners in Turkey, and the commitment and support of those involved in the Turkish Regional Aircraft Project, will be successful in producing aircraft that changes the face of transportation in Turkey.”