11 FEBRUARY 2019
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Hailed as the world’s first triple-class 50-seat aircraft, the CRJ550, a new CRJ Series model with a new type certificate based on the CRJ700, was launched officially by Bombardier Commercial Aircraft last week.
United Airlines is launch customer and also announced last week plans to make the CRJ550 an integral part of its programme to introduce more premium seats, both Business Class and First Class, to its overall fleet (See also New aircraft and seats upgrade for United in this issue).
Bombardier president Fred Cromer said: “The new CRJ550 model is the only solution in North America that can replace the existing fleet of ageing 50-seaters, a market of more than 700 aircraft.
“It offers improved passenger experience with ample on-board storage for carry-on bags and more passenger living space and is one more example of how we are focusing on creating value for our customers.”
Bombardier said 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 to offer a three-class cabin across all-market segments while meeting current operational requirements.
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