Aurigny Dornier 'should' arrive in Alderney in October

Dornier 228 being trialled by Aurigny at Guernsey Airport
Image caption A 19-seat Dornier 228 was trialled by Aurigny in November

The first of Aurigny's new fleet of small planes is due to arrive in the middle of October, the airline has announced.

The Dornier 228 will replace the trislander on flights between Alderney, Guernsey, Southampton and Dinard.

Malcolm Coupar, commercial director, said the aim was to have three or more Dorniers in service by summer 2015.

He said: "The arrival... is timely as we have experienced some technical issues with the Trislander fleet."

As well as delays to passenger flights, the technical issues have impacted on medical airlifts from the island.

Image caption Malcolm Coupar paid tribute to the workhorse of the islands

Mr Coupar said: "We apologise to our customers and the communities the trislander aircraft serve for any inconvenience this has caused.

"The trislander has been a wonderful servant.

"We believe that the Dornier 228, which requires two pilots, will deliver a better experience for our passengers especially in areas such as reliability, comfort and speed, as well as noise levels both inside and outside of the aircraft."

He said the plane was being bought from the Portuguese operator Groupo Seven Air, which would be supplying pilots and maintenance crew for a few months, until Aurigny staff are fully trained on the Dornier.

More on this story

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites