07 February, 2019

Major developments for Bombardier as it launches a new innovative 50-seater aircraft

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft is launching a new 50 seat jet from its successful CRJ regional jet programme. The Canadian firm hopes to introduce the CRJ550, the first triple-class 50-seat aircraft in the world. 

The CRJ550 is based on the firms CRJ700 and United Airlines is the launch customer of this new model. 

The CRJ550 is a new aircraft type based on the CRJ700 platform.

This aircraft model is the first triple-class 50-seat aircraft
in the world

“The new CRJ550 model is the only solution in North America that can replace the existing fleet of ageing 50-seaters, a market of over 700 aircraft," said Fred Cromer, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. 

Bombardier says the new jet will offer ample onboard storage for carry-on bags and increased passenger living space.  The CRJ550 will feature a self-serve beverage and snack station and more overall legroom per seat than any other 50-seat aircraft flown by any US carrier,  in addition to all the benefits for which the CRJ Series aircraft are known.

With the CRJ550, the CRJ Series is the only family of regional aircraft that can offer 3-class cabin across all-market segments, while meeting the current operational requirements. One of the key benefits for the US operators will be to leverage the cockpit commonality from the CRJ200 to the CRJ900. The CRJ550 will also delight operators by delivering a 99.5 per cent proven dispatch reliability, the elimination of gate check bags, and providing connectivity.  

The firm also confirmed the completion of the acquisition of the Global 7500 wing programme from Triumph Group Inc. Pursuant to a lease agreement for Triumph’s Red Oak, Texas facility, Bombardier will continue to operate the production line with the employees currently supporting the programme.