British Aerospace Jetstream

The British Aerospace Jetstream is a small twin turboprop airliner, with a pressurised fuselage, developed as the Jetstream 31 from the earlier Handley Page Jetstream. A larger version of the Jetstream was also manufactured, the British Aerospace Jetstream 41.

Role Regional airliner
National origin United Kingdom
Manufacturer British Aerospace
First flight 28 March 1980
Introduction 29 June 1982
Status Active service
Primary users Pascan Aviation
AIS Airlines
Produced 1980-1993
Number built 386
Developed from Handley Page Jetstream
Variants British Aerospace Jetstream 41
C-GEOC at Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

Development edit

Scottish Aviation had taken over production of the original Jetstream design from Handley Page, and when it was nationalised along with other British companies into British Aerospace (later BAE Systems) in 1978, British Aerospace decided the design was worth further development, and started work on a "Mark 3" Jetstream. As with the earlier 3M version for the USAF, the new version was re-engined with newer Garrett turboprops (now Honeywell TPE331) which offered more power (flat rated to 1,020 shp/760 kW with a thermodynamic limit of 1,100 shp/820 kW) and longer overhaul intervals over the original Turbomeca Astazou engines. This allowed the aircraft to be offered in an 18-seat option (six rows, 2+1), with an offset aisle, and with a water methanol option for the engine to allow the ability to operate at maximum load from a greater range of airfields, particularly in the continental United States and Australia.

The result was the Jetstream 31, which first flew on 28 March 1980,[1] being certificated in the UK on 29 June 1982. The new version proved to be as popular as Handley Page hoped the original model would be, and several hundred 31s were built during the 1980s. In 1985, a further engine upgrade was planned, which flew in 1988 as the Jetstream Super 31, also known as the Jetstream 32. Production continued until 1993, by which time 386 31/32s had been produced. Four Jetstream 31s were ordered for the Royal Navy in 1985 as radar observer trainers, the Jetstream T.3, but were later used for VIP transport.

In 1993, British Aerospace adopted the Jetstream name as its brand name for all twin turboprop aircraft. As well as the Jetstream 31 and Jetstream 32, it also built the related Jetstream 41 and the unrelated, but co-branded BAe ATP/Jetstream 61. The Jetstream 61 name was never used in service, and retained its "ATP" marketing name. The company also proposed but never built the Jetstream 51 and Jetstream 71.[2]

Variants edit

Cockpit of a Jetstream 31
  • Jetstream 31 Airliner: 18/19 passenger commuter airliner.
  • Jetstream 31 Corporate: 12-passenger executive transport aircraft.
  • Jetstream 31EP: Enhanced performance.
  • Jetstream 31EZ: EEZ or maritime patrol version.
  • Jetstream Executive Shuttle: 12-seat executive transport aircraft.
  • Jetstream 31 Special: Utility transport aircraft.
  • Jetstream 32EP: Enhanced performance, 19-passenger.
  • Jetstream QC (Quick Change)
  • Jetstream 41: a stretched version of the popular Jetstream 31

Operators edit

A Pascan Bae Jetstream 32 at Aéroport Montréal Saint-Hubert Longueuil
ProCharter Zambia 9J-PCU at Mfuwe Airport

In July 2019, 70 Jetstream 31s were in airline service: 49 in the Americas, 15 in Europe, 5 in Asia-Pacific and 1 in Africa. Airline operators with five or more aircraft were:[3]

Accidents and incidents edit

Specifications (Jetstream 31) edit

Data from Jane's All the World's Aircraft, 1988–1989[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Capacity: 19 passengers
  • Length: 47 ft 1.75 in (14.3701 m)
  • Wingspan: 52 ft 0 in (15.85 m)
  • Height: 17 ft 5.5 in (5.321 m)
  • Wing area: 271 sq ft (25.2 m2)
  • Airfoil: root: NACA 63A418; tip: NACA 63A412[19]
  • Empty weight: 9,613 lb (4,360 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 15,332 lb (6,954 kg)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Garrett TPE331-10UG turboprop engines, 940 shp (700 kW) each
  • Propellers: 4-bladed constant-speed propellers


  • Maximum speed: 263 kn (303 mph, 487 km/h)
  • Cruise speed: 230 kn (260 mph, 430 km/h)
  • Stall speed: 86 kn (99 mph, 159 km/h)
  • Range: 680 nmi (780 mi, 1,260 km)
  • Service ceiling: 25,000 ft (7,600 m)
  • Rate of climb: 2,080 ft/min (10.6 m/s)
  • Wing loading: 56.6 lb/sq ft (276 kg/m2)
  • Power/mass: 0.123 hp/lb (0.202 kW/kg)

See also edit

Related development

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration, and era

Related lists

References edit

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  2. ^ "Filling the gap". Flying. Vol. 120, no. 9. September 1993. p. 26. ISSN 0015-4806.
  3. ^ Thisdell and Seymour Flight International 30 July –5 August 2019, p. 35.
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  5. ^ "Crash blamed on pilot error". The Baton Rouge Advocate. 13 April 1988. pp. 16C.
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