​Aurigny Air Services, a regional airline based on the Channel Islands, has placed a firm order with Swiss technology company RUAG for a second Dornier 228. The Channel Islands are located between the UK and France.

Guernsey-based Aurigny took delivery of the first 19-seat Dornier 328 it had on order in December 2015 and the aircraft entered commercial service in late January.

The second aircraft, which was confirmed May 26, will be delivered in the third quarter of 2017.

“Our new Dornier 228 is being used extensively on the Alderney, Southampton and Dinard routes and is delivering exactly what we require of it,” Aurigny CEO Mark Darby said. “The delivery of the aircraft next year will enhance our smaller aircraft fleet,”

The Dornier’s short takeoff and landing, and high crosswind capabilities make it well suited for operations into and out of Alderney.

Aurigny’s second new Dornier will feature a new, digital auto pilot system developed by RUAG.