Flying-Tiger From Germany, joined Aug 1999, 4141 posts, RR: 38 Reply 4, posted (12 years 6 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1502 times:
The 728JET is a typo, the correct numbers are 70-80 seats, not 110 seats. the 928JET is more likely to tart with 90 or 95 seats.
To date only the 728JET and 928JET have been launched, the 728JET by launch customer Lufthansa City Line with an order for 60+60 (other customers are SolAir with 2 and GECAS with 50+100 plus 28 Envoy7 for different customers) and the 928JET by Bavaria Leasing with an order for 4+2. Original plans thought that the 528JET would become the thrid family member but currently a growth version of the 928JET with around 120 seats, dubbed the X28JET, is under consideration, too.
The 528JET with service entry around 2006/7 would be an replacement aircraft for early CRJ100 fleets. Recently Flight International published a report that FD is in talks with China about the possible construction of the 528JET there.
The X28JET would be a replacement aircraft for smaller MD-80s, 737-200 and DC-9s and a growth aircraft for carriers already operating the 728/928JET. FD states that customer response has been better then expected.
On the Aérosalon in Paris FD unvieled a moke-up of an AEW 728JET and promotes the 728JET to be a good platform for several other special mission roles.
Flying-Tiger From Germany, joined Aug 1999, 4141 posts, RR: 38 Reply 5, posted (12 years 6 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1505 times:
On the potential customer site I see several carriers, the front-runner being British Airways/Qantas which are currently evaluating 70/90-seat aircraft. As BA concentrates on the high-yield business market the 728JET could be the right choice as they can easily fit in a Business Class.
Another potential customer is german airline Augsburg Airways as well as Tyrolean Airways. The latter signed a MoU for 12 CRJ900 last year but so far I haven´ßt heard anything about a firm order of this carrier.
In North-America Air Canada Regional and especially Northwest-Airlines are interesting. FD thinks that pilot salaries with feeder carriers will rise soon and become close to equal to that of mainline pilots thus eliminating the main cost difference. Northwest Airlines could order the 728/928/1128(X28)JET to replace its last DC-9s and could offer seamless travel within its system.
These are just some thoughts, maybe someone could comment them.