German operator DC Aviation yesterday launched a frequent-flier program in part of an industry-wide scramble to offer better value for money in a still-weak executive charter sector. For an initial period running from June 1, 2009 to May 31, 2010, the new DC Aviation Loyalty Club will give customers a range of benefits, including flight prices on a sliding scale and guaranteed availability in the midsize jet segment.
Action Aviation, which markets the former Sino Swearingen SJ30 and Bombardier CRJ200 business jets, has signed an agreement with 328 Support Services of Germany to distribute the Dornier 328Jet. The two companies are jointly exhibiting here on the EBACE static display.
The near catastrophic collapse of leading Icelandic banks has forced Reykjavik-based executive charter operator Icejet to take refuge further south by basing four of its five Dornier 328Jets overseas. Two of the aircraft now reside at Oxford Airport in the UK–a 14-seat VIP Envoy model and a 19-seat corporate shuttle version. Another Envoy is based at Paris Le Bourget Airport and a third aircraft operates out of the Latvian capital Riga.
On June 6, AvCraft Aviation of Tyler, Texas, received the first STC cabin interior approval for the Fairchild Dornier 328JET, and the aircraft–known as the Envoy 3 in its business aircraft guise–is now in service with an Akron, Ohio advertising and public relations firm, and doing business as Ultimate Air Charters.
Leesburg, Va.-based AvCraft last month signed a contract to buy the Fairchild Dornier 328 program and its associated support businesses. The deal, at press time still subject to government approvals, would include the rights to the Fairchild name, the plant and equipment for the manufacture of 328s and 18 fully built 328JETs in storage at the bankrupt company’s Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany manufacturing complex.
Based on the facts that no company has yet emerged with Fairchild Dornier’s 728JET program more than one year after the beleaguered German-American OEM declared insolvency and that the other parts of the company have now found homes with three other firms (see pages R14 and R16 in this month’s RAA Supplement), we removed the Envoy 7, the corporate version of the 728JET, from our “In The Works” chart last month.