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September 25, 2006 - 10:15am

UK operator Club328 has launched a block-charter program called SkyClub. The entry-level package gives customers 10 hours in six-seat Raytheon Premier Is for £30,000 ($52,500).

In December, Club328 bought four low-time pre-owned Premier Is from Raytheon Aircraft. The first two had entered service by the middle of last month and the other two were due to join the Southampton-based operation by the end of this month.

September 19, 2006 - 8:06am

UK operator Club328 has devised a new way to market charter flights through its new SkyBond program. Customers hand over £1 million ($1.75 million) to be put in an escrow-protected bank account in Club328’s name for six years. Club328 gets the interest earned over this time and the customer gets 25 flight hours each year (150 hours total) in one of the company’s Raytheon Premier Is.

September 14, 2006 - 7:15am

The NTSB’s preliminary report of the June 3 accident involving a Dornier 328Jet, N328PD, that overran the runway and ended up on a street after an aborted takeoff from Manassas Regional Airport, Va., said the flight crew reported an “airspeed miscompare.” Neither the two pilots nor six passengers were seriously injured. The airplane was “substantially damaged.”

September 12, 2006 - 8:30am

Corporate Jet Services, parent company of UK executive charter operator Club 328, is close to acquiring the Myrtle Beach, S.C. aircraft maintenance facilities of bankrupt Dornier 328 regional jet maker AvCraft Aerospace.

According to a spokesperson for the company, which last December acquired AvCraft’s European assets and several 328Jet airframes, the deal will likely be completed by next month.

September 11, 2006 - 6:27am

While the SJ30 light jet received FAA certification in late October last year, the production certificate has still eluded San Antonio-based Sino Swearingen. At press time, the company was furloughing 130 production workers–100 in San Antonio and 30 in Martinsburg, W.Va.–because of ramp-up problems.