None of the prototypes ever left Germany - both have remained in Oberpfaffenhofen. One has been sold to the DLR and will be moved to Göttingen or Braunschweig für Cabin Noise Research, the other one has been sold to private interestes.
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... guess they should have purchased the program when they had the chance, would have saved quite a bit of money.
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.