Bombardier Aerospace today introduced next generation versions of its CRJ700, CRJ900 and CRJ1000 regional jets. These new CRJ NextGen aircraft will feature significant operating cost improvements, an all-new cabin and the increased use of composite materials. “The CRJ NextGen family is the next step in the continuing evolution of the CRJ Series,” said Steven Ridolfi, President, Bombardier Regional Aircraft. “The new interior will enhance passenger experience and we have lowered the operating costs to airlines. We believe this will be a winning combination as we move further into the 21st century.”
“The NextGen program gives the CRJ Series family an even greater economic edge,” added Mr. Ridolfi. “The NextGen aircraft will offer advantages in operating costs versus their nearest competitors which will have up to 15 per cent higher trip cash operating costs. These cost benefits and new cabin standards are compelling reasons for airlines to strongly consider the CRJ NextGen aircraft for their requirements.”
The first next generation airliner will be a Northwest Airlines CRJ900 NextGen regional jet and will enter service in the second quarter of 2007.
CRJ NextGen aircraft will achieve even better economics compared to the existing standard of CRJ Series aircraft. These improvements, under certain operating conditions, will come from fuel burn savings of up to four per cent and direct maintenance cost reductions achieved through lower airframe maintenance requirements. Maintenance schedule intervals are being increased, and tasks are being harmonized to reduce aircraft down time and labour over the life of the aircraft.
With their reduced fuel burn, the CRJ NextGen aircraft will respond to today’s environmental challenges by offering further reduction in green house gas emissions compared to their nearest competitors.
CRJ NextGen aircraft interiors will include improvements designed with the overall passenger experience in mind. The passenger windows have been enlarged and have an increase of 24 per cent in the overall viewing area. The overhead bins have been modified to accommodate a larger roller bag as well as optimized to store up to 27 per cent more bags. The addition of LED lighting brightens the cabin environment while highlighting the improved aesthetics achieved with the new sidewall and ceiling panel design and dished window reveal.