TEXAS-BASED regional carrier Lone Star Airlines has ordered four Dornier 328s and taken options on a further four of the 30-seat high-speed turboprops.

The first aircraft will enter service in January, replacing the 19-seat Fairchild Metros, used on routes from Dallas/Forth Worth, to Chihuahua and cities in Mexico.

The announcement follows the just-confirmed sale of 20 328s, with 20 on option, to USAir Express carrier Jetstream International, the first of which will enter service in February. Lone Star is Daimler Benz Aerospace (formerly DASA) subsidiary Dornier's third US regional-airline customer for the 328. Nine aircraft have been delivered so far to Horizon Air.

Daimler Benz says that it has 76 firm orders and 75 options for the 328 from 17 customers, including three US corporate operators.

Source: Flight International