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Monday, February 19, 2007

Bombardier Aerospace Launches 100-Seat CRJ1000 Regional Jet

With 38 firm orders, the CRJ900X has morphed into the CRJ1000 as Bombardier announced the next major step in the evolution of the CRJ Series regional aircraft family. It is designed specifically to meet the needs of regional airlines up to 100 seats, leaving room for the CSeries which addresses the 110- to 130-seat market, still awaiting a launch decision. The focus, said Bombardier in making today’s announcement is “extremely low operating costs” and cabin improvements. It said its closest competitor, the Embraer line, has 15 percent higher operating costs.
Scheduled for service in Q4 2009, the new jets has already booked orders from Brit Air with a firm order of eight, plus eight options and My Way, which is converting orders announced in September for 15 CRJ900s. In addition, an undisclosed customer has place a 15-aircraft firm order with a conditional order for an additional 15. The value of the orders is estimated to be over $2 billion if all options are confirmed.
First flight is scheduled for the summer of 2008. With a maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) of 91,800 pounds (41,632 kilograms), the CRJ1000 aircraft will offer a maximum range of 1,691 nautical miles (3,139 kilometres) with 100 passengers, under certain operating conditions. Compared to older generation aircraft of similar passenger capacity currently in operation, the CRJ1000 will also respond to today's environmental needs by providing substantially lower fuel consumption and achieving up to 30 per cent reduced carbon dioxide engine emissions, said Bombardier.

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