Flying-Tiger From Germany, joined Aug 1999, 4176 posts, RR: 35 Posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1663 times:
This is from Fairchild-Dornier´s press release section:
First Fairchild Dornier 728 Nears Completion; Moves on Landing Gear for First Time
OBERPFAFFENHOFEN, Germany (January 17, 2002) - The first prototype of the new Fairchild Dornier 728 traveled on its own landing gear for the first time this week. During upcoming final assembly, the empennage and engines will be installed and the aircraft will be painted and prepared for first flight.
"Nearly all structural work has been completed, and the fuselage and wing assemblies now form a single unit," said Ralf Drees, head of 728 production. The "marry up" in mid-December saw the joining of the major fuselage sections. A total of 6,000 rivets were used for butt joining the areas where the three fuselage sections overlap. With its removal from the assembly jig at the beginning of this week, not only did the first prototype stand on its legs for the first time, but also space was made available for assembly of the second aircraft, whose major components are ready and waiting. A total of six prototypes will be built before series production of the 728 begins.
The next milestones for the first prototype are completion of the wings and installation of the horizontal and vertical stabilizers, tailcone, engines, doors and windows. Tests of major systems, such as hydraulics and landing gear, will begin in about two weeks.
Official roll out of the first 728 is planned for late March, with the first flight to follow in the spring. The maiden flight will take place at the company airfield at Oberpfaffenhofen.
Deliveries will begin in mid-2003 to Lufthansa CityLine. Fairchild Dornier has orders and options for 289 728 Family aircraft.
Mark_D. From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 1447 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1353 times:
I think that's a good move from those guys, I mean "328JET" okay, I could see (just basically a 328 with jet engines stuck on it, afterwards) but these two, well I think they know that just about everybody knows what they`ll be equipped with
I saw your post on the other thread about AC and NW getting some of these, and.. I have to say I can't really see it that much though, for either carrier. NW I still think will go for 717s (though their Airlink regional partners sure might ), while for AC I suspect both the current RJ fleet contingent and even domestic industrial political considerations will mean they`ll be using the bigger CRJs, or equivalently, their regionals will.
I really like the look of this 728, especially the really big cockpit window panes (on the F/D site they have a mention about how they have a fancy and advance machined window-frame, for the cockpit, anyway whatever the innovation and/or technology involved I think the pilots are going to be very happy, with all that unobstructed forward visibility )
Mark_D. From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 1447 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1343 times:
Sorry let me qualify that a bit, I could see AC maybe getting --even if just leased-- a few 318s since they have such a large 320-series commitment already. But not anytime soon, propably not even making announcements through next year, to get them, given their current disorganised state where they're either still doing major reorganisation work at the corporate level, and maybe even at the very highest ranks, who knows. But the 717 I still think is out of the picture, for AC.
For NW I figure it depends on how many planes they're looking for, in that capacity slot. Just a couple dozen or so, I figure it'll be 318s they`ll get. More, and the 717 looks to me a more likely prospect.
Plus I don't really think there's an issue with wing-strengthening for the 318 on high-frequency use, after all WN seems to do okay with shorthauls day-in-day out, with their all-737 fleet. I think it's just a question of higher weight, that`s all, like 20 000 lbs or so (about 15% more than the 717). Which on 8 or 10 cycle-a-day regimens means a whole lot more fuel to burn just getting the heavier (318) aircraft up so many times, and down too, even, if there's a lot of holding and maneuvering to do before landing.
Crj 900 From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 604 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1331 times:
Can almost guarantee you that AC will not get these aircraft, A318 is most likely. The process of the CRJ going to ACR has already begun with their new order from GE capital and I suspect that the transfer of the mainline CRJ's to Regional will begin at some point later this year or early next year. I am the first to wish for these aircraft (728/928) in Canada but i doubt it.
The 528/1128 are proposed and we will see what the market demand will be. We have already announced a combi 928 and interested customers are excited. The 728 program is on track people and with our "Iron Bird" thousands of hours have already been put upon flight systems. Possible AWAC version for military governments is also in the works. The 728-300 will be the only variant with the "shark" winglets, official designation will be "Envoy 7", this being our corporate version.
Look for the Horizontial Stabalizer to be installed to S/N 0001 with the week and gear swings are being complied with as we speak. S/N 0001 was moved out to make room for S/N 0002 to begin assy.