Bombardier Marks 1,000th CRJ Regional Jet (Jan. 20)
TORONTO --- Bombardier Aerospace has celebrated the 1,000th regional jet manufactured in the CRJ200 program which includes the CRJ100, CRJ200 and CRJ440. The aircraft, a 50-seat CRJ200, was handed over to Air Canada Jazz in a ceremony at Bombardier's facility in Dorval, Québec.
The Bombardier CRJ program, the most successful regional aircraft program in history, has grown to include the 70-seat Bombardier CRJ700, 86-seat CRJ900 and 75-seat CRJ700 Series 705.
As of December 31, 2004, firm orders for Bombardier CRJ aircraft stood at 1,424 with 1,191 delivered to customers. Conditional orders and options could raise the program total to 2,484 aircraft. Only the Boeing and Airbus jet families have been ordered in such numbers.
“The Bombardier CRJ changed the way the world flies and remains a vital tool for many airlines,” said Steven Ridolfi, President, Bombardier Regional Aircraft. “It has allowed airlines to structure their operations for lower cost, more efficient and profitable jet services. The revolution begun by the CRJ in 1992 is continuing.”
“It is great to share this important milestone with our friends at Bombardier Regional Aircraft and I congratulate them on this accomplishment, “ said Joseph Randell, President and Chief Executive Officer, Air Canada Jazz. “As Canada's second largest airline, we are proud to fly a Canadian-made product. Later in May we will introduce 15 new Bombardier CRJ700 Series 705 aircraft into our fleet and will grow our fleet of CRJs to a minimum of 65 jet aircraft by the year 2006. Jazz remains one of the world's largest operators of Dash 8 aircraft and will operate Canadian-built aircraft exclusively.”
A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from regional aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2004 were $15.5 billion US.