Hi everyone, this is the completely redesigned AC8:
The CAV AC8 is a short- to medium-range twinjet narrow-body airliner. Originally developed as a shorter, lower-cost
twin-engined airliner derived from CAV's AC7. Originally envisioned in 1963, the initial AC8-100 made its first flight
in June 1966 and entered airline service in February 1967 with Mexicana. Next, the lengthened AC8-200 entered service in
CAV had been studying a short- to medium-range airliner to complement their higher capacity, long range AC7. Preliminary
design work began on July 11, 1963. Mexicana became the launch customer on February 19, 1964, with an order for 20 aircraft.
To expedite development, CAV used as much of the structure and systems of the existing AC7 as possible. This fuselage
permitted six-abreast seating compared to the rival BAC-111 and DC-9's five-abreast layout.
The AC8-200 is a AC8-100 with an extended fuselage and more powerful and efficient engines, launched by an order from Viasa
in 1965. The -200 was rolled out on July 20, 1967, and entered service with Aeropostal in January 1968. CAV also provided the
AC8-200CF (Convertible), which allowed for conversion between passenger and cargo use and the AC8-200QC (Quick Change),
which facilitated a rapid conversion between roles.