Aurigny Air Services (GR, Guernsey) has confirmed the delivery of its second Do228NG, ordered in May of last year, has been delayed.

According to an airline statement to ITV news, the twinprop was due to have arrived from RUAG Aerospace (Lucerne) during the current quarter of the year. However, that date has now been pushed back to the second quarter of 2018 for reasons as yet unspecified. As a result, RUAG has agreed to provide Aurigny with a replacement Do228 - D-CAAL (msn 8155) leased from Arcus Air (AZE, Mannheim) - and crew until such time that the new aircraft arrives.

"We appreciate RUAG holding its hands up to the delay and acknowledging the challenges this has caused us," Aurigny CEO Mark Darby said in a statement. "As RUAG have said, they have provided us with a loan Dornier 228, free of charge, until the new aircraft arrives."

The Guernsey-based carrier is replacing its outgoing fleet of Britten-Norman Trislanders with three Dornier 228s - two NewGens and one classic.