Yes, the Envoy 3 is the bizjet version of the 328JET.
The 328 isn't quite dead yet - the new owner, AvCraft, is working on restarting production, although some assemblies may be transferred to eastern Europe to cut costs. AvCraft is also mulling completing development of the 428JET stretch, which Fairchild-Dornier halted several years ago - apparently the cancellation penalties helped drive it into insolvency.
The 328JET is a neat little aircraft, and although it's not as fast as larger RJs, its short-field performance beats any other airliner's. I'd like to fly one sometime, but they're mostly deployed on ACA
's east-coast runs.
Latest news (Dec. 15):
AVCRAFT PRESIDENT SAYS 328JET PRODUCTION TO
The new owner of the Dornier 328JET - AvCraft Aviation - predicts restarting production of regional aircraft in the "near term" now that it's sold all but one plane of the 18 white-tails the company acquired when it bought rights to type and production certificates of the smallest jet produced by defunct airframer Fairchild Dornier.
AvCraft President Ben Bartel told reporters Thursday in Washington, D.C., his company could build about 54 planes per year in two factory shifts and 70 using three shifts. He contends building 200 aircraft would make the 328JET program "viable."
Suppliers also have begun building 328JET spares and production parts. Bartel estimated the value of 328JET spares at $ 120-$ 140 million and production parts "north of" $ 100 million.
Citing contract obligations, Bartel couldn't identify operators who have committed to the combined 45 orders and options AvCraft has logged for the 328JET, but noted his company hasn't garnered firm orders from new airlines. Data from aircraft tracker Airclaims show Air Vallee, Gandalf, Great Plains, Hainan, Midwest, Tyrolean and Welcome Air fly 328s. Air Omega, based in Augsburg, Germany, ordered two planes in May.
AvCraft continues to hammer out some service issues with the 328JET, including problems with the plane's electrical systems. Bartel did note shortcomings in the 328JET's range and speed, but said on trips of a "thousand-plus" miles it's about eight minutes behind the Embraer ERJ-135, adding the 328JET had the "volume of a Gulfstream."
Bartel was in Washington to announce a deal with BAE Regional Aircraft for spares, storage, distribution and logistics covering 328JETs and 328 turboprops in North, Central and South America.
AvCraft plans to house $ 150 million in spares at BAE Regional Aircraft's Herndon, Va., facility, starting with two shipments this month. BAE Regional Aircraft Senior Vice President of Customer Support David Speirs said AvCraft's spares would use about 30 percent of the company's existing space in Herndon.
In a second stage of the agreement, AvCraft will route customer orders through to BAE in Herndon for shipment. Later, BAE and 328JET customers will communicate directly for orders and shipping.
Keynes is dead and we are living in his long run.