Engine Swap Pushes First Deliveries To Q2 2009
It'll be a little later... but also a lot more powerful. Diamond
Aircraft announced Thursday the company has selected a newer,
higher nominal thrust engine for its D-Jet -- the Williams
FJ33-4A-19 -- and will deliver all D-Jets equipped with the uprated
The engine's advantages include several technological advances
that result in better bleed air handling and improved specific fuel
consumption. With a 1,900-lb nominal thrust versus 1,564 lbs for
the originally planned FJ33-4A-15, the FJ33-19 also offers a
potential future performance upgrade path for the D-Jet, according
to the company.
Diamond says a ramped-up development schedule at Williams makes
it viable to launch D-Jet deliveries with the -19 powerplant,
"rather than reactively introducing it at a later date in response
to competitive pressures."
The engine swap will push the first D-Jet deliveries into Q2
2009 -- Diamond's original schedule called for deliveries to start
later this year -- but Diamond President Peter Maurer says
customers will receive a more capable aircraft for waiting.
"The FJ33-19 engine is the perfect match for the D-Jet, offering
the latest technology and a potential performance and utility
upgrade path for delivered aircraft that the current engine just
doesn't allow," said Maurer. "While making this change now rather
than later means that initial deliveries will now be in Q2, 2009,
we are confident this is the right choice and in the interest of
all D-Jet customers, as it ensures one configuration and maximum
resale value for all delivered aircraft."
Diamond will deliver the FJ33-19-equipped aircraft to current
position holders at the contracted price; however, the company
announced that a price increase for future orders is expected
"The FJ33-19 is the very latest in turbofan engine technology
and offers unique features never before available on a smaller
turbofan engine," said Matt Huff, Vice President of Business
Development at Williams International. "We are pleased that our
accelerated development schedule for this engine now makes it
feasible for Diamond to launch with the FJ33-19, instead of
introducing it after initial aircraft deliveries. Every D-Jet
customer will now benefit from technological advances, such as the
built-in pre-cooler and new compressor technology."