RAA 2016: New cabin design for CRJ900

As the result of a passenger survey carried out in 2015, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has launched a new cabin design for the CRJ900.

In the survey, passengers identified the cabin as the key area for improvement of the aircraft, asking for more flexible onboard storage and an overall enhanced experience, reported the company’s VP marketing, Patrick Baudis (right in photo alongside SVP commercial Colin Bole).

Bombardier has responded by introducing new overhead bins in the business cabin, providing approximately 50% more space and the ability to put roller bags into the bin wheels first. The economy class bins have also been enhance with new catches which enable better access which means slightly larger bags can be stored.

Baudis added that the sculpting of windows is being enhanced to give a lighter cabin environment. New mood lighting will also be used when a different feel is required. At the seat there are new passenger service units above and more in-seat power for the operation of mobile devices and laptop computers.

In the two-class layout Bombardier is introducing new class dividers, while for all passengers there will be a more spacious lavatory (57% greater space).

The entire suite of cabin improvements will be available in approximately 12 months’ time and it will be retrofittable for all in-service CRJ900s. Baudis emphasised that although the enhancements are being launched on the CRJ900, they can be applied to the other family members. He added that the RAA Convention marks the beginning of the marketing for the new cabin and that a launch customer is being sought.

Bernie Baldwin, editor, Low-Fare & Regional Airlines/laranews.net
Charlotte, NC, USA

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