Fairchild Dornier has begun assembly of the first three 728JET fuselages at its primary production plant in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany. The first wing for the 70-seat regional jet is being assembled by EADS-CASA in Spain, while the forward fuselage is under construction at SABCA's plant in Belgium. MAN Technologie in Munich has completed the first tail cone, which has been dispatched to Honeywell in the USA for compatibility testing with the RE 220 auxiliary power unit. The first 728JET is scheduled to fly early next year and enter service in mid-2003.
Source: Flight International