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A year af­ter ac­quir­ing Di­a­mond Canada, in De­cem­ber 2017 China’s Wan­feng Avi­a­tion In­dus­try Co Ltd also took over Di­a­mond Air­craft In­dus­tries Gmbh (Aus­tria), which it says ‘as­sures the con­tin­ued long term fu­ture of the Di­a­mond brand, with plans to in­crease global sales vol­ume, ex­pan­sion of the dis­tri­bu­tion and sup­port net­works, and con­tin­ued de­sign and de­vel­op­ment of pis­ton air­craft.’

Chris­tian Dries, Di­a­mond’s for­mer Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, said: “Di­a­mond is my life’s work. In the in­ter­est of a suc­cess­ful long-term fu­ture, we needed to find the right part­ner to con­tinue our good work. Wan­feng and specif­i­cally [new com­pany Chair­man] Bin Chen share my vi­sion of the fu­ture of gen­eral avi­a­tion and are in­vest­ing for the right rea­sons, with a long-term strat­egy and the re­sources to see their vi­sion through. I look for­ward to see­ing Di­a­mond de­velop fur­ther, and based on our suc­cess­ful year-long part­ner­ship in Di­a­mond Canada, I am fully sat­is­fied that I leave Di­a­mond in very good hands.” Dries will serve in an ad­vi­sory ca­pac­ity to help guide the new own­ers and en­sure con­tin­ued de­vel­op­ment of Di­a­mond Air­craft Group.

“We were at­tracted to Di­a­mond’s lead­er­ship po­si­tion in the mar­ket,” replied Bin Chen. “Un­der the 25-year lead­er­ship of founder Chris­tian Dries, the Di­a­mond team has de­vel­oped a broad range of su­perb air­craft that have gained world­wide re­spect for their per­for­mance, ef­fi­ciency, safety and in­no­va­tion. Based on this ex­cel­lent foun­da­tion, we in­tend to take Di­a­mond to a long-term lead­er­ship po­si­tion in world­wide gen­eral avi­a­tion… [and] will con­tinue to de­velop new tech­nolo­gies and air­craft mod­els, in­clud­ing the Dart tur­bo­prop aer­o­batic trainer and the DA50 mod­els.”

New Di­a­mond Chair­man Bin Chen, of Wangfen Avi­a­tion In­dus­try Co Ltd

‘Wel­come on board our “Di­a­mond” Air­craft,’ reads the hand­writ­ten mes­sage from Di­a­mond em­ploy­ees

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