The Fairchild-Dornier 328JET is a short range regional jet airliner, originally designed by Germany’s Dornier. It is a jet version of the turboprop Dornier 328 and is powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW306B turbofans.
Dornier experienced financial difficulties in the 1990s and was taken over by Fairchild Aircraft of the USA. They elected to continue with the 328JET programme. First flight took place on 20 January 1998 from Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany and first deliveries commenced in July 1999.
Fairchild-Dornier 328JET Video
Following on from the last video about the Soviet Tupolev Tu-124, we stay in Europe this time for a look at the Dornier 328JET. This runs for a little under three minutes and is a flight on a Sun-Air aircraft.
For those that may not know, Sun-Air are a British Airways franchise airline within Europe. They operate an all economy class service, but as you’ll see from the cabin, it’s very comfortable and everyone gets a meal.
As it’s such a small aircraft, it feels a little like a private jet, with the seating arranged two by one. British Airways have seating for 31 passengers on board.
The video shows inside the cabin, outside, the cockpit and on board service, so it gives a decent feel for things. There are some little details such as the names which is pretty unusual!
Production of the Dornier 328JET ran from 1996 to around 2004 and a total of 110 aircraft were produced. Today, you can find them with Sun-Air of Scandinavia as I’ve mentioned, as well as two airlines in the United States.
Have you ever flown on board the Dornier 328JET? What is it like? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.
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