1. Agent Triumph:
The adeptness of engines, as historically demonstrated, extends above the advance they aftermath to move airplanes. They aswell move passenger-toward a accurate aircraft, if it is powered by the blazon that attracts them.
When the aboriginal long-range, pure-jet airliners appeared at the end of the 1950w in the anatomy of the de Havilland DH.106 Comet, the Boeing 707, and the Douglas DC-8, it was assured that this technology would be belted to those sectors, back its dispatch could not be abundantly exploited over beneath ones, abrogation them the breadth of agent aircraft, such as the Convair CV-440 Metropolitan and the Martin 4-0-4.
What was underestimated was the adeptness the pure-turbine had to draw cartage to such airplanes, causing them to address and ultimately apprehend this engine blazon on all avenue types. And manufacturers responded.
By the early-1990s, history afresh itself. The turbine, it was thought, could never be economically applicable on regional-range routes, already afresh abrogation the agent and afterwards turboprop airliners with capacities of amid 19 and 50 to serve them. But, if Canadair sparked the bounded jet anarchy with its 50-passenger CRJ-100 and Embraer carefully followed clothing with its own ERJ-145, there seemed no bazaar for which the turbofan was not suitable-except, perhaps, for the actual attenuate one, acknowledging no added than 30 seats.
Passengers afresh responded. And accord was already afresh accurate wrong.
2. Bounded Jet Revolution:
Although powerplants usually announce designs, in the case of the bounded market, designs preceded powerplants and provided the capital amid beyond airliners, business jets, and turboprop aircraft. Bounded jets could appropriately arise from four abeyant sources.
The first, as ahead mentioned, trace their roots to business jets-in this case, to the Canadair CL-600/-601 Challenger, which bred the stretched-fuselage bounded airliners that followed it. In the added case, Embraer adopted the twin-turboprop EMB-120 Brasilia into a pure-jet counterpart, the ERJ-145. In the third, an absolute airliner, advised for longer-range sectors, was scaled-down to aftermath a lower-capacity derivative, as had occurred with the MD-95/717, a compress of the MD-90, and the A-318, a shorter-fuselage adaptation of the A-319. Finally, bounded jets arise as all-new designs, such as the Vereinigte Flugtechnische Werke VFW-614, the western world’s aboriginal 44-seat bounded jet; the Fokker F.28 Fellowship, which was succeeded by the avant-garde F.70 and F.100; and the British Aerospace BAe-146, which itself begot the re-engined Avro All-embracing RJ70 to -100 family.
All of these types fueled the bounded jet revolution, which created a axiological change in the market, apery the appulse the pure-jet engine aboriginal had on the long, again medium-, and assuredly short-range routes, and abashing the band amid the above and bounded carriers. It aswell became the a lot of rapidly growing articulation of the industry.
According to the Department of Transportation (DOT) address advantaged “Regional Jets and their Emerging Roles in the US Aviation Market,” seven US carriers operated 99 bounded jets amid 126 city-limits pairs and served 103 markets from ten hubs at the alpha of 1998. The calm bounded jet agile at the time was accepted to double, to 200 aircraft, by January of the afterward year.
And these abstracts abandoned escalated like the clockwise rotations of analog altimeters installed in aggressive aircraft. Indeed, in adjustment to abide aggressive and absorb bazaar share, airlines were affected to adjustment bounded jets. About 80 percent of the 570 bounded airliners ordered in 1998 were for pure-jets, eclipsing, for the aboriginal time, the bulk of turboprop deliveries the afterward year with 217 jets as against to 120 turboprops. By 2000, 726 bounded jet sales were recorded, a 42-percent admission over the year-earlier aeon and it constituted added than 90 percent of all bounded airliners ordered. The abbreviating accepting of turboprop types, consistent in a 28-year low in sales, saw the dusk on already all-over models, such as the British Aerospace J41 and the Saab 340 and 2000.
These sales figures, however, reflected added than driver popularity. Compared to added twins, such as beforehand BAC-111s and DC-9s-which had not been advised for bounded routes, but which were artificially ill-fitted for some of them because of again absolutely lower ammunition prices-aircraft intended, from inception, for this purpose, offered two advantages: their lower structural weights austere beneath ammunition and were adored with bargain landing fees, and their decreased advance capabilities optimized them for lower cruise speeds, back a greater allocation of bounded flight sectors entail the ascend and coast appearance than do best ones.
Barry Eccleston, Executive Vice President of Fairchild-Dornier Aerospace, predicted that the bazaar for bounded jets all-around a best of 110 cartage would be account some $205 billion, amounting to 9,000 aircraft, over the aboriginal two decades of the 21st century-or added than two-thirds the $280 billion-worth of ultra ample adaptation airlines, such as the Boeing 747-8 and the Airbus A-380-except that the bounded articulation of the industry represented seven times the bulk of airplanes. He aswell articular four phases of the bounded jet revolution.
The first, entailing the antecedent brand of 50-seat Canadair CRJ-100s and -200s and Embraer ERJ-145s served to prove the concept, allure the passengers, and authenticate the bread-and-butter achievability of it, its roots buried by Comair in the US and Lufthansa CityLine in Europe. The above initially provided augment to above carrier hubs and the closing bypassed them and instead served abbreviate and/or attenuate sectors amid accessory city-limits pairs.
Paving the way by demonstrating the cutting driver accepting of these aircraft, the 50-seat bounded jet buried the berry for the added phase, establishing the seamless account altering amid mainline and microjets and creating address for pure-jet account on routes even too attenuate for the 50-seaters. Scaled-down for adaptation of amid 30 and 40, these types could altogether alter the analogously sized turboprops, abnormally back a architecture such as the ERJ-135, although a abate acquired of the aboriginal -145, was itself a development of the Brasilia turboprop.
Like a rolling snowball, already the abstraction acquired momentum, it was unstoppable and added in size. So, too, did the aircraft apery the third phase, which offered capacities not clashing the acceptable short- to medium-range twins, but at absolutely lower seat-mile costs. Examples of these were the Fokker F.28 Fellowship, the British Aerospace BAe-146, the Fokker F.70 and F.100, the Avro All-embracing RJ70 to -100, the Bombardier CRJ-700 to -1000, the Embraer ERJ-170 to -195, the Antonov An-148 and -158, the Sukhoi Superjet 100, and the Bombardier CS-100.
Regional jets all-around 100 passengers, but aureate by above carrier crews because of pilot ambit clauses prohibiting their operation characterized the fourth phase.
Closing the gap amid above and bounded airline profiles, this blazon of operation basic the backup of aboriginal bearing twins, such as DC-9s and 737s, with their advanced, higher-capacity bounded counterparts, yet offered commensurable levels of comfort, service, and dispatch on thinner, point-to-point, hub-bypassing sectors-in the action abbreviation airport congestion.
Integral to this quad-phase bounded jet revolution-and decidedly to the added of them-was, of course, the 37-seat Embraer ERJ-135. But, afore it even flew, it had antagonism beyond the Atlantic, in Europe, in the anatomy of accession turboprop-turned-turbofan, the even-smaller Fairchild-Dornier Do-328JET.
3. From Turboprop to Turbofan:
Founded as Dornier-Metallbauten in 1922 by Professor Claude Dornier, that aggregation was accepted for its massive, 12-engined, Do-X aeriform boat, acceptable Daimler GmbH in 1972 and Daimler-Benz Aerospace 15 years later, if Daimler-Benz itself acquired a majority allotment holding. It was assuredly appointed Daimler-Chrysler.
Its high-wing, twin-turboprop driver aircraft, offered in 15-passenger Do-228-100 and 19-passenger Do-228-200 versions, amounted for 270 sales, and led to a 34-seat successor.
Seeking to bankrupt itself of what had intermittently become a loss-making subsidiary, it awash a majority pale of Dornier Luftfahrt, amid abreast Munich, in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany, to San Antonio, Texas-based Fairchild Aerospace in 1996. Fairchild itself congenital the admirable 19-passenger Metro driver turboprop, which awash in balance of 600 during a 35-year accumulation run, and was initially an all-embracing accomplice in the 34-seat Saab-Fairchild SF-340, which accounted for 456 sales.
The Do-328, in the eyes of new buyer Fairchild, had potential, and its strength-literally-lay in its robust, German over-engineered design. Already the second-fastest turboprop bounded aeroplane afterwards the 50-passenger Saab 2000, it lent itself to a minimal-modification retrofit with pure-jet engines, although above architecture buyer Daimler-Benz had consistently bootless to see the achievability of the project.
But added catalyst came from several less-than-positive circumstances. The pure-turboprop version, already belief 2,200 pounds added than targeted and subjected to top accumulation costs, suffered from angry antagonism with agnate types, such as the Fokker F.50, itself the artefact of DASA’s antecedent Dutch subsidiary, and sales were sluggish.
Based aloft Fairchild-Dornier’s analysis of 50 accepted airlines conducted amid October of 1996 and January of 1997, cartage adopted turbofans, behindhand of avenue blazon and length, and a turboprop-to-turbofan alteration was not abandoned logical, but larboard little choice, provided it could action commensurable achievement and economics.
Powerplant popularity, however, was not the abandoned agency abaft airlines’ orders. One of the latest attractions was the adeptness of an aircraft architect to action a ancestors of bounded jets, as was alpha to action with Bombardier and Embraer, so that derivative-associated architecture similarities and accepted pilot blazon ratings would action the cost-effective adaptability to bout adaptation to avenue blazon and abandonment time.
Although Embraer’s own scaled-down bounded jet was now on the horizon, the economics of such 30-seaters had yet to be proven. Nevertheless, if they could, this blazon of architecture was advancing as accomplishing two purposes: (1). It could alter analogously sized turboprops on absolute routes, and (2). It could actualize an absolutely new market-one too continued for a turboprop’s speed, yet too attenuate for the higher-capacity of the added common, 50-passenger bounded jets, appropriately heralding a new chic of aircraft.
If successful, it could potentially alter some 1,200 aircraft in US account alone. With the ERJ-135 about to become the added affiliate of Embraer’s bounded jet family, and the Do-328 notching up less-than-stellar sales, Fairchild-Dornier had little best but to amalgamate its absolute airframe with turbofan engines or acquire the race-already as a ambit third-to the added two contenders.
Modifications to the turboprop’s turbofan analogue and, in abounding ways, successor, were few.
Because the accumulation was formed from solid material, the aluminum admixture for the pure-jet adaptation retained added at frames 24 and 26, which corresponded to the accession and basic adapter areas, while the upper-fuselage fairing, which served as the aggregate point for the wing, was aswell retained, as were the two aft, belly strakes ahead appropriate by the turboprop’s air flow. Although the powerplant change had rendered them superfluous, they were not removed in adjustment to abstain recertificaton costs.
The anew appointed Do-328JET featured a 68-foot, 73/4th-inch accumulation and 69-foot, 9 3/4th-inch all-embracing length.
Utilizing the aforementioned TNT (Tragfluegels neuer Technologie), supercritical accession as its Do-328 predecessor-which was originally advised for the abate Do-228-and appropriately employing solid-milled banknote to abbreviate the bulk of riveting, the bounded jet sported a different planform. Aside from differing in its high-wing mounting, it featured highly-swept arch edges abreast the accession tip, alongside edges inboard of the engines, and a trapezoidal appearance outboard of them.
Combined with the turbofans’ advance capability, its wings, which retained the turboprop’s inflatable, arch bend cossack deicing system, facilitated short-field performance, yet angry ascend ante (of 14.2 account to 31,000 feet), alms commensurable block times to the ERJ-135 with which the aircraft would eventually compete.
High-lift accessories amid single-slotted abaft bend Fowler flaps.
Internally, the Do-328JET’s wings congenital a 200-liter ammunition adaptation increase, bifold ammunition pumps, and 30-percent larger-diameter ammunition lines.
Sporting a 68.10-foot amount and 430.6-square-foot area, they alien a 100-mm abaft bend accessory addendum and appropriately admission in chord, apprehension an 11.0 aspect ratio, for an ultimately targeted 400-knot cruise speed.
Like the turboprop -328, the bounded jet retained the t-tail, but alien a beyond adviser trim tab to annul the engines’ greater thrust.
The pylon-mounted, thrust-reverser devoid, 6,050 thrust-pound Pratt and Whitney Canada PW306B engines themselves, replacing the nacelle-shrouded turboprops, were originally developed as -306As for the Galaxy business jet and congenital an 840-mm, 22-bladed, wide-chord fan; a five-stage top burden compressor (four axial and a individual centrifugal); a two-stage top burden turbine; and a three-stage low burden turbine. Compared to the accumulated version, the bartering powerplant offered a 30-percent admission in amount breeze and college temperature-resistant abstracts in the top burden turbine.
In adjustment to baby to the Do-328JET’s added weights, the twin-wheeled, hydraulically-actuated, bike basic featured a Dunlop dual-braking system, with carbon disc brakes; a able abaft link; and an anti-skid arrangement to atone for the abridgement of engine advance reversers. Its adenoids caster abandoned forward, while its two capital units were stored in fuselage-side fairings.
An AlliedSignal GTCP36-150 abetting adeptness assemblage (APU) provided adeptness for berth lighting and air conditioning and engine starts.
Aircraft admission was able by agency of a forward, left, out- and downward-opening, airstair- and handrail-equipped Blazon I aggregation and driver door; a Blazon III emergency avenue applicative it, on the forward, appropriate side; a added Blazon III emergency avenue on the aft, larboard side; and a Blazon II galley application aperture on the aft, appropriate side.
Standard berth agreement basic 32 to 34 three-abreast, one-two-arranged seats at a 30- to 31-inch bend and an aft galley and lavatory. Because of the 4,000-foot distance admission in the Do-328JET’s account ceiling-to 35,000 feet-cabin pressurization was appropriately increased-from 7.0 to 7.4-psi, acquiescent an 8,000-foot elevation. Internal ambit were 33 feet, 10 3/4th-inches in breadth and six feet, 2.5 inches in height.
Baggage, cargo, and mail were stored in the capital accouter alcove amid amid the aft berth bank and the rear burden bulkhead and accessed via a anchorage door.
5. Flight Analysis Program:
Unlike clean-sheet architecture flight analysis programs, the Do-328JET’s basic ample comparison-between the administration and achievement of what had been a 365-knot turboprop to one biting the 400-knot branch with pure-jet engines. The alteration from one to the added had been even beneath of a bound than initially imagined, back the aboriginal -328JET ancestor had been annihilation added than the turboprop’s added ancestor and even retained several of its features.
That ancestor itself, registered D-BJET and formed out for the aboriginal time on December 6, 1997 for accessible viewing, fabricated its beginning flight from the 7,800-foot aerodrome at Fairchild-Dornier’s Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany, circuitous at 11:16 on January 20 of the afterward year, piloted by Meinhardt Feuersenger, Chief Analysis Pilot of the Do-328 turboprop program, and Peter Weger, who, in 1994, had aboriginal aureate the Eurofighter EF2000.
Maintaining a southerly advance over the Bavarian Alps, the aircraft, slated to barometer achievement and analysis envelope expansion, able a 220-knot dispatch and 25,000-foot distance during its about two-hour sortie.
Evaluating the prototype’s achievement in allegory to the turboprop foundation aloft which it was based, Feuersenger acclaimed the absence of ballista ablution and the smooth, over-wing air flow, no best defective to always retrim it as a aftereffect of adeptness ambience changes. Achievement either approximated or exceeded computer calculations.
Assessing the bounded jet afterwards landing, Feuersenger said it performed “flawlessly” and “pilots will adulation this aircraft.”
Three added prototypes took allotment in the 18-month, 950-flight, 1,560-hour flight analysis program, which was delayed by four months because of the charge to redesign the Dunlop braking arrangement and Messier-Dowty shock absorbers to baby to the aircraft’s deceleration afterwards ballista braking effects. Aircraft D-BWAL, aboriginal aeriform on May 20, was complex in achievement acceptance testing. Avionics integration, the branch of the third ancestor (D-BEIR), commenced with its July 10 aboriginal flight, and action and believability testing began three months later, on October 15, if the fourth ancestor aboriginal took to the air.
The aboriginal production-standard aircraft, featuring a five-foot wingspan admission and 8,160-pound ammunition capacity, entered its advised aeriform branch afterwards the four prototypes.
6. Analysis Flight:
Initial Do-328JET achievement could be gauged by the analysis flights its prototypes undertook.
The aircraft’s two-person cockpit, with a Honeywell Primus 2000 chip avionics system, featured five, eight-by-eight-inch CRT displays, the primary aeriform (PFD) and multifunction (MFD) displays bifold afore anniversary pilot and the engine apparatus and aggregation advising arrangement (EICAS) amid in the center.
The reclinable seats, with five-point harnesses, were able with storable armrests and were adjustable avant-garde and aft.
Engine starts, application drain air from the abetting adeptness unit, were automatic, their ambit registered by the abounding ascendancy agenda engine ascendancy (FADEC).
After the flight plan had been entered into the flight administration arrangement (FMS) and the windshield panels had been electronically acrimonious to adapt them for bird strikes or added adopted article appulse eventualities, the twin-jet was steerable by agency of its adviser pedals, provided the aberration was no added than ten degrees to either the larboard or right, although bluff turns appropriate the adenoids caster council tiller.
The aircraft was offered with two gross weights. The lower, appointed the Do-328-300, could backpack a 7,200-pound payload, had a best yield off and landing weight, respectively, of 33,510 and 31,063 pounds, and a 740-nautical mile ambit with this burden and affluence at a 31,000-foot altitude. The higher, appointed the Do-328-310, could backpack an 8,104-pound payload, had a 34,524-pound yield off weight and a 31,724-pound landing weight, and a 900-nautical mile range.
A accumulated version, the Envoy 3, about accommodated amid 12 and 19 in layouts defined by the operator, but which usually included simple chairs, tables, plan stations, divans, sofas, wardrobes, galleys, and lavatories. Added ammunition tankage added its ambit to 2,000 abyssal miles.
Calculated and entered yield off advertence speeds varied, of course, according to gross weight and atmospheric conditions. A 27,488-pound access weight, for example-including 5,000 pounds of fuel-resulted in V1, VR, and V2 speeds, respectively, of 103, 110, and 117 knots in ancestor D-BJET.
Flap settings included 12 degrees for yield off, 20 for approach, and 32 for landing.
With the altitude, airspeed, attitude, vertical speed, and austere distance arresting on the PFD, and the abandonment clue on the MFD, the aircraft, austere for yield off and brake-released, able its dispatch run, its throttles avant-garde and its PW306B turbofans beneath FADEC control.
A 15-degree bend angle ensured a best rate-of-climb of a little over 5,000-fpm.
Cruising at its 35,000-foot account ceiling, it affected a Mach 0.69 dispatch with a 97.6-percent N1 fan, consistent in a 1,797-pound-per-hour ammunition burn. Best cruise speed, at 25,000 feet, was 405 knots.
A 4,000-fpm coast rate, to 20,000 feet, was able with a flight-idle adeptness ambience and Mach 0.61 airspeed.
The abolishment of the antecedent version’s propellers apprenticed a 20-knot admission in access dispatch and arena spoilers automatically arrange afterwards touchdown.
7. Sales and Service:
Sales, as with any added aircraft, depended aloft quality, price, and the adeptness to accomplish its architecture goals. In the case of the Do-328JET, however, that aircraft in actuality created-and bare to create-its own bazaar alcove and therein lay the aboriginal obstacle to its orders-namely, was there a claim for a 30-seat bounded jet with centralized antagonism from its own turboprop and from the brand of the British Aerospace J41, the Embraer EMB-120, and the Saab 340, and could it accomplish its mission as economically as these types?
Not all carriers were acceptable to chase the 30-passenger pure-jet trend, abnormally those that saw little account in operating a blazon which was not allotment of a family, a able aggressive advantage Bombardier and Embraer both enjoyed over Fairchild-Dornier.
So similar, in fact, were its turboprop and turbofan ancestors that they aggregate the aforementioned accumulation band and airlines were able to delay until six months afore appointed supply to acquire a powerplant type.
Several factors, however, seemed to announce its need.
Analyses of 300- to 1,000-mile avenue sectors appear that they were either too infrequently served or were done so with afield sized equipment, consistent in low amount factors.
Seeking to accomplishment the above case-in which address generally exceeded capacity-Fairchild-Dornier foresaw initial-and ideal-deployment on acceptable 19-seat turboprop routes, which it envisioned as aesthetic address because of its berth chic comfort, in-flight service, and pure-jet speed, the aforementioned way the 50-seat bounded jets had “recreated” the 30-seat turboprop market.
Finally, because of restrictions inherent in US pilot ambit clauses, dictating the bulk of bounded jets that could be operated by major-aligned, code-share accomplice carriers, orders for turbofan aircraft all-around 50 cartage or added were limited. Falling beneath this brake with its 32 to 34 seats, the Do-328JET was absolved from these regulations. At the aforementioned time, it gave carriers the befalling to abutting the lower-end account gap amid traditional-turboprop adaptation and that of the new brand of bounded jets, enabling them to acting mainline flights with increased, businessman-attracting frequencies and those operating during off-peak, service-scarce or altogether -devoid times, decidedly midday.
Orders, as with any aircraft, added as the affairs progressed. Launched during the 1997 Paris Air Show, the affairs itself admiring antecedent orders for six aircraft from Proteus Airlines, based in Dijon, France, and Aspen Mountain Air of the US for four. At the time of its aboriginal flight, there were 17 abutting and 15-optiioned orders, and by July of 1998, there abstracts had appropriately added to 51 and 28, of which 11 were for Envoy 3 business versions. Continuing to mount, these totals added to 75 and 101 by February of 2000 and 141 and 91 by early-2002.
Skyway Airlines, “the Midwest Express Connection” accustomed in 1993 by Midwest Express itself to serve short-range routes and board augment to mainline flights at its Milwaukee hub with a agile of 15 19-passenger B1900Ds, took supply of the aboriginal Do-328JET on August 4, 1999, employing it on route-proving sectors afore inaugurating it into appointed account two months later, on October 6.
Although the B1900Ds were ill-fitted to assertive routes, they created a adaptation gap in mainline Midwest’s fleet, whose aircraft featured four-abreast covering seats and premium, all-business chic service. Skyway’s Beech aircraft offered little added than standup headroom.
Because 75 percent of Skyway’s cartage was origin-and-destination in nature, and these cartage hardly accomplished its parent’s full-service product, its acceptability was beneath than it should acquire been.
What was bare was an aeroplane that could board bisected that of its DC-9s, but action commensurable speed, comfort, and service. The 50-seat CRJ-100/-200 and ERJ-145, advised too abutting in adaptation to them, were bound discounted.
The band-aid lay in Fairchild-Dornier’s microjet, of which 5 were ordered, with accession ten on option, and they were credible as confined four purposes.
1). Admission adaptation on absolute Skyway routes.
2). Inaugurate account amid city-limits pairs too close for its 19-seat B1900Ds, yet too attenuate for Midwest Express’s own 60-seat DC-9-14s.
3). Alter these DC-9s on short, low-density sectors
4). Add abundance to absolute Midwest Express routes during off-peak times.
Featuring the aforementioned covering seats, carpets, and sidewall patterns as its parent’s DC-9s, it was able to action identical service, with cocktails, hot towels, hot snacks, and afresh broiled accolade from the aircraft’s dual-oven able galley.
Inaugural Do-328JET routes, from Milwaukee, included Grand Rapids, Pittsburgh, Nashville, and Toronto, with the bulk of daily, per-aircraft sectors, like those of its B1900Ds, nine, except the backup blazon appreciably bargain their block times-from two hours to 1.20 in the case of Nashville. Its abandoned “inconvenience,” however, was its actual speed: although it was college than that of its turboprops, or about Mach 0.66, it was far lower than the Mach 0.8 of, say, the mainline 737s plying the aforementioned airways amid VORs, banishment it to acquire lower flight levels to abstain cartage conflicts.
Gandalf Airlines, of Bergamo, Italy, became the aboriginal European abettor of the type, inaugurating account with the aboriginal two of 12 ordered aircraft in September of 1999 with three circadian round-trips amid Milan/Bergamo and Paris.
Atlantic Coast Airlines, like Skyway, was accession bounded abettor accumbent with a above US carrier through branding and cipher administration agreements-in this case, United and it appropriately flew beneath the United Express banner.
Operating 19-passenger Jetstream 31s and 29-passenger 41s, mostly to United’s Washington-Dulles hub, it was able to acting its 25 Do-328JETs according to demand, frequency, and time of departure.
Seeking to action the crucially bare added affiliate of its bounded jet family, yet abstain the already-crowded 50-seat market, Fairchild-Dornier launched a continued adaptation on May 19, 1998 at the Berlin All-embracing Air Show, partially in acknowledgment to often-requested adaptation increases.
Having already accomplished close antagonism with the ERJ-135, Fairchild-Dornier advancing agnate battle with Embraer’s aswell afresh launched, 40-passenger ERJ-140, which aggregate a 96-percent commonality amount with its abate predecessor. Both the ERJ-140 and the Do-328JET’s beyond brother, the Do-428JET, were aimed at operators that bare a accession of about ten seats over the smaller-capacity archetypal aloft which they were based.
Although it was initially envisioned as a simple-stretch derivative, it bound became credible that to do so would acquire sacrificed its short-field performance, back it offered college structural and gross weights and abandoned a higher-capacity engine could antidote this deficiency.
According to Stanley Deal, Fairchild-Dornier’s Vice President for the Do-228, -328, -328JET, and -428JET bounded airliners, “Our action is to add a affiliate to the -328JET family, alms 44 seats… and giving us abundant cogwheel amid the (-328JET).”
Incorporating avant-garde and aft breadth insertions, the aircraft, with a new 83.4-foot all-embracing length, alien a repositioned Blazon III emergency avenue and a second, aft Blazon I door, all-around amid 42 and 44 cartage at a 31-inch bench bend in a “new look” cabin, which was 44.7 anxiety in length. The continued accoutrements alcove abaft it had a 336-square-foot area.
A adapted wing, with a 71.5-foot amount and 516.7-square-foot area, alien a 1.7-foot greater ambit and angled wingtips, while enlarged, inboard sections facilitated the accession of wider, 33.2-inch-diameter engines. Drain air replaced its predecessor’s cossack deicing system.
The engines themselves, 7,400 thrust-pound Pratt and Whitney Canada PW308Bs advised for the Hawker Border business jet, represented a 25-percent adeptness admission over the PW306Bs of the -328JET and alien advance reversers.
With a 44,533-pound best yield off weight, the blazon had a 425-knot cruise dispatch and a 900-nautical mile range, now provisioned with a 1,510-US gallon ammunition capacity.
Production basic wings congenital in and alien from San Antonio, Texas; accumulation sections accumulated by Aermacchi in Italy; final accumulation by Israeli Aircraft Industries (IAI) in Israel and alien painting and berth accessories in Oberpfaffenhofen.
With the cockpit commonality amid the -328 and -428JET, and accepted pilot blazon ratings, Fairchild-Dornier marketed them as the ideal brace of entry-level bounded jets, envisioning them as 19- and 30-seat turboprop replacements, respectively, because of the bazaar advance accepted to be created as a aftereffect of their pure-jet appeal.
Launch chump Atlantic Coast, with an adjustment for 30, foresaw ample adaptability in operating both types, able to clothier adaptation to demand.
Fairchild-Dornier’s own strategy, however, anon accepted beneath than successful. A weaker than accepted sales foundation created by the aboriginal Do-328JET and a affecting admission in nonrecurring development costs-by some $100 actor for its larger-capacity successor-began to casting doubts on its ultimate reality, with hasty architecture changes–including a 4.7-inch aback accession repositioning, the accession of an aerodynamic fairing, the alteration of the undercarriage, and a abridgement in weight-causing aboriginal deliveries to Atlantic Coast to be rescheduled from the endure division of 2002 to the aboriginal of 2003.
Although a awfully bare banknote beverage from investment firms Clayton, Dubilier, and Rice, and Allianz Capital Partners ultimately kept the aggregation afloat, its much-needed bond sank, alteration bazaar distance and the paltry bulk of orders apprehension the continued adaptation absurd and banishment its cancellation. Orders and options, accretion 113 from Atlantic Coast, Skyway Airlines, and Air Alps were account $1 billion at the time.
With adapted US pilot ambit clauses now allowing an accretion bulk of 50-seat bounded jet operations, and the consistent-and costly-redesign from the abate baseline version, the Do-428JET had become beneath attractive, and the accommodation to cease its development came down to the bottom of two evils-namely, leave a aperture in Fairchild-Dornier’s artefact band or one in its profits.
The aggregation won out, but abandoned until its banknote ran out, and on April 2, 2002, now mired in $670 actor of debt, it was affected to acknowledge bankruptcy, abeyance to exist.
9. AvCraft Aviation:
Following the aisle of its above Fokker subsidiary, it abandoned lay in cat-and-mouse for a banking buoy to disclose it, and that was casting from Leesburg, Virginia-based AvCraft Aviation, itself founded in 1999 by pilot and now CEO Ben Bartel as an aircraft achievement centermost again amid in Akron, Ohio.
Having already been an accustomed aliment ability for both the turboprop and turbofan versions of the Do-328, it was a analytic footfall for it to acquirement these and the Do-428JET programs, forth with 5 aircraft still on the accumulation band and 18 completed, but unsold ones; the name, type, and accumulation certificates; and the tooling, spares, and parts, as it did on December 20, 2002.
Although it advised to restart the accumulation band afterwards it had awash these 18 aircraft and in actuality succeeded in agreement a few of them with Hainan Airlines of China, it never accomplished its ambition of targeting the blazon added to the accumulated than airline market, afterward in Fairchild-Dornier’s footsteps and declaring its own defalcation in aboriginal 2005, appropriately catastrophe a affairs abounding of promise, but abbreviate on profits.