Air Transport World

Getting the business.

Regional aircraft and avionics manufacturers find a new outlet in the corporate-aviation community at NBAA

LAS VEGAS--The NBAA's 51st annual meeting and exhibition proved to be fertile ground for regional-aircraft manufacturers looking for ways to expand their business.

Fairchild Aerospace used the meeting to launch the corporate version of its proposed 70-seat 728JET regional airliner. Called the Envoy 7, at $28.5 million fully outfitted, it becomes the latest commercial airliner to enter the extra-large business-jet market. "We call it the Gulfstream buster," said Fairchild Chairman Carl Albert, referring to the Gulfstream Aerospace IV and V longrange bizjets. Certification of the Envoy 7 is slated for the end of 2001, with deliveries beginning in second-quarter 2002. …

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