andrewuber
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What Happened To The Dornier 728?

Wed Feb 23, 2005 9:13 am

What's the situation with the Dornier 728? Was it cancelled due to economic problems and / or the successful introduction of the ERJ-170?

I can't imagine how much money Fairchild-Dornier spent on the 728 project, it looks like they were well on their way to an airworthy prototype. It's really sad to see a project end like that.


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And please don't crucify me as I DID search for this in the forum, and didn't find anything.  Big thumbs up
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Popfly
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RE: What Happened To The Dornier 728?

Wed Feb 23, 2005 9:56 am

Fairchild-Dornier simply ran out of money to develop the airplane.
 
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RE: What Happened To The Dornier 728?

Wed Feb 23, 2005 10:17 am

The prototype was auctioned off last week and purchased by the German Aviation and Aerospace Agency (DLR). They will use it, together with another unfinished fuselage, as a static testbed.
 
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RE: What Happened To The Dornier 728?

Wed Feb 23, 2005 3:47 pm


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The 2nd prototype was sold for 8000 Euro....  Nuts I thought it would have fetch more.
 
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RE: What Happened To The Dornier 728?

Wed Feb 23, 2005 4:05 pm

What ever happened to D'long of China? I thought they were to start back up flight testing?!?
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RE: What Happened To The Dornier 728?

Wed Feb 23, 2005 6:00 pm

This is the opening to a story on ATI recently - hope it helps:


German aerospace laboratory DLR acquires sole 728 twin-jet
David Kaminski-Morrow, London

German aerospace research organisation DLR is taking possession of the first prototype Fairchild Dornier 728 regional twin-jet following an auction of the insolvent manufacturer’s assets earlier this month.

Investigators from the DLR’s aerodynamics institute, located in Gottingen, plan to conduct a series of tests on the airframe. A spokesman for DLR says that these tests will cover issues such as cabin-noise reduction and aerodynamic flow.
 
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RE: What Happened To The Dornier 728?

Thu Feb 24, 2005 12:36 am

FD simply ran out of money. There were several interested parties out there, but all of them had own interests:

- Boeing: had still its 717 running, today they will probably bite themselves not to have taken the opportunity two years ago - no chance to tell their work force why they cancel the 717 and take the 728 instead

- EADS/Alenia: EADS France heavily opposed EADS taking the 728/928 project. It would have meant that Germany would have grown stronger within EADS - no, the French want to keep EADS as french as possible.

- Bombardier: copied every available document, took every technology they could get - and after that decided to let it go. They had everything they wanted. Just take a look on the similarities of the "C-Class" and the 728/928...

The 728 had quite a few customers: Lufthansa (60+60), GECAS (50+100), CSA (4+4, leased from GECAS), Bavaria Leasing (4 728, 2 928, 4 options), Flight Options (25 Envoy 7), Unknown (3 Envoy 7), SolAir (2). Rumours were floating that KLM had signed a MoU for 30 728 days before FD went into administration.

In addition politics played quite a role: FD had the problem that they went into recievership when we had the federal elections looming. The SPD-chancellor wasn´t interested in backing a project in the state where his competitor was the head of state - would have probably been bad for his PR. So many factors why they weren´t able to continue. Not to say that our government isn´t exactly clever when it comes down to the economy.
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