Posted on: 10 November 2010 by Ross McSweeny
Transport Canada and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) have awarded Aircraft Type Certificates to the 100-seat Bombardier CRJ1000.
The largest member of the CRJ family, the CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft was officially launched on 19 February 2007 to meet the requirements of regional airlines for increased capacity and lower seat-mile costs in the face of sustained higher fuel prices.
The CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft’s flight test programme was conducted from the Bombardier Flight Test Centre in Wichita, Kansas, and the flight test aircraft accumulated approximately 1,400 flight hours in 470 test missions. The prototype CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft, serial number 19991, successfully made its inaugural flight from Bombardier’s Mirabel, Quebec site on 3 September 2008.
"I do not think anyone 20 years ago would have envisaged how the regional jet would transform the airline industry all over the world," remarked Gary Scott, president, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. "We are proud to have introduced the regional jet and we are proud of our ability to read the market and have larger and more cost-effective regional jets as the market required them. This ability has culminated in the production of the magnificent CRJ1000 NextGen regional jet."
Bombardier has booked firm orders for 49 CRJ1000s including 35 from Air Nostrum of Spain and 14 from Brit Air of France.