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Eastern Airways BAe Jetstream 41

The Jetstream 41 is a turboprop-powered feederliner and regional airliner, originally designed by British Aerospace as a "stretched" version of the popular Handley Page Jetstream. Intended to compete directly with 30-seat aircraft like the Embraer Brasilia, Dornier 328 and Saab 340, the new design eventually accommodated 29 passengers in a two by one arrangement like the Jetstream 31's.

The stretch added 16 ft (4.88 m) to the fuselage, consisting of a 8 foot (2.5 m) plug forward of the wing and a 7 ft 9 in (2.36 m) plug to the rear. The additional weight demanded a wing with increased span, which also included reworked ailerons and flaps. The wing was also mounted lower on the fuselage so that it did not carry through the cabin aisle, which also led to larger wing root fairings that increased baggage capacity. The latest version of the Garrett engines, now owned by AlliedSignal, delivered 1,500 hp (1,120 kW) and were mounted in new nacelles with increased ground clearance. The flightdeck was improved with a modern EFIS setup, and a new windscreen arrangement.

The J41 flew for the first time on 25 September 1991, and was certified on 23 November 1992. BAe decided to "spin off" the Jetstream division in 1993, and "BAe" was dropped from the name of the aircraft. In January 1996 the J41 became part of the Aero International (Regional), a marketing consortium consisting of Aérospatiale (of France), Alenia (of Italy), and British Aerospace. Sales were fairly strong, but in May 1997 BAe announced that it was terminating J41 production, with 100 aircraft delivered.


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