Fairchild Dornier 428JET

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CG rendering of a 428JET in KLM livery.
Role Regional Jet
National origin Germany
Manufacturer Fairchild Dornier
Introduction N/A
Status Cancelled
Number built 0
Program cost $150 million USD[1]
Unit cost
$12.5 million USD[1]
Developed from Fairchild Dornier 328JET

The Fairchild Dornier 428JET was a program undertaken by Fairchild Dornier to develop a 44-seat regional jet aircraft. The program was part of a broader attempt by the company to develop a family of regional jets, comprising the 328JET, 428JET, and the 728 series. This family of aircraft was designed to compete with the Bombardier CRJ and Embraer ERJ/Embraer E-Jets families. The aircraft was announced on May 19, 1998.[1] It was cancelled in 2000.

Design and development[edit]

CG rendering of the 428JET noting the design of the engine pylons

The 428JET would have been a stretched version of the 328JET, seating 44 in comparison to the 328JET's 34. Additionally, the two aircraft would have shared the same type rating. Plans were for the 428JET to be assembled in Israel by Israel Aerospace Industries.[2] In the end, changing market conditions made a 44-seat airplane like the 428JET inferior to 50 seat aircraft, which have nearly the same operating and procurement costs yet higher profits due to having more seats.[1] This caused the company to cancel the 428JET on August 8, 2000.[3]


At the time of cancellation, the aircraft had 39 firm orders with another 88 options (55 of these options could be taken on either the 328JET or 428JET).[1] Companies ordering the airplane were Atlantic Coast Airlines (30), Skyway Airlines (5), and Air Alps Aviation (4), Air One CityLiner (2).[1]


Data from Flug Revue[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 3 (2 pilots, 1 flight attendant)
  • Capacity: 44
  • Length: 24.69 m (81 ft 0 in)
  • Wingspan: 21.78 m (71 ft 5 in)
  • Height: 7.09 m (23 ft 3 in)
  • Wing area: 47.8 m2 (515 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 11,645 kg (25,673 lb)
  • Gross weight: 19,950 kg (43,982 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 19,800 kg (43,652 lb)
  • Fuel capacity: 4640kg
  • Powerplant: 2 × Pratt & Whitney Canada PW308B Turbofan, 32.9 kN (7,400 lbf) thrust each


  • Cruise speed: 765 km/h (475 mph; 413 kn)
  • Range: 1,665 km (1,035 mi; 899 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 10,670 m (35,010 ft)

See also[edit]

Related development
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Flug Revue (August 2000). "Fairchild Aerospace 428JET". Archived from the original on 1 February 2010. Retrieved 12 May 2010. 
  2. ^ 428JET to be built in Israel, Flug Revue. Retrieved 2008-01-04.
  3. ^ AvStop Online Magazine (August 2000). "Fairchild Dornier Discontinues The 428 jet Program Due To Changing Market". Retrieved 12 May 2010.