The first Bombardier CRJ to enter service was the 50-seat CRJ100 with Lufthansa CityLine in November 1992. Officially launched in March 1989, and with more than 100 airlines contributing to its design, the Canadair RJ-100 (CRJ) was the world's first 50 seat regional jet airliner. Roll out occurred in May 1991. The jet was introduced into American service in May 1993, by Comair of Cincinnati, flying as a Delta express carrier.
The CRJ100 was superseded by the CRJ200 which utilizes the same airframe but offers an upgraded engine. A variant of this aircraft called the CRJ440, limited to 44 seats, was certified in October 2001 and entered service with Northwest in January 2002. The CRJ-200 was initially priced at US$18 and by 1997 was selling for approximately $20 million.
The Bombardier CRJ200 aircraft is designed to hold 50 passengers in a 4-abreast configuration with a lavatory and galley as standard equipment. There are two versions of the CRJ200: the CRJ200 ER and the CRJ200 LR. The Extended Range (ER) variant has a maximum take-off weight of 51,000 pounds (23,134 kg) and range of 1,345 nm (1,548 sm / 2,491 km). The Long Range (LR) model has a maximum take-off weight of 53,000 pounds (24,041 kg) and a range of 1,700 nm (1,956 sm / 3,148 km). The CRJ200 has outstanding performance, capable of max cruise speeds of Mach 0.81 (464 kts / 534 mph / 860 kph), and cruise altitudes up to 41,000 feet.
The Bombardier CRJ200 is powered by two General Electric CF34-3B1 turbofan engines that are flat rated to produce 9,220 pounds (41.01 kN) of take-off thrust. Originally developed for the United States Air Force, the CF34 family has over 20 million flight hours and is highly regarded as one of the most reliable and efficient powerplants built. The Bombardier CRJ200 Series' powerplant delivers a performance envelope comparable to that of a mainline jet. The aircraft is available with an engine option that provides exceptional high-altitude, hot-weather airfield performance for increased payload and profitability.
The CRJ200 is 87 feet, 10 inches (26.7 m) long with a wing span of 69 feet, 7 inches (21.2 m). The aircraft requires a radius of only 75 feet (22.86 m) to negotiate a 180-degree turn; a valuable asset at increasingly congested airports.
The Bombardier CRJ200, as all other CRJ Series aircraft, uses Advanced Collins ProLine 4 all glass integrated cockpit avionics. This allows the CRJ200 to offer the "Same Type Rating" with other CRJ family members. With this rating, airlines using a mixed fleet of CRJ aircraft can benefit with much lowered pilot training costs, giving substantial savings to the operator.
All CRJ Series aircraft utilize a triple redundant hydraulic flight control system that enables the aircraft to fly at speeds up to Mach 0.85 and altitudes up to 41,000 feet. Fly-by-wire is used for flight spoilers, spoilerons and ground spoilers.
The CRJ200 is powered by General Electric CF34-3B1 turbofan engines producing 9,220 pounds (41.0 kN) of thrust, giving the aircraft excellent airfield and climb capability. The engine is also extremely quiet, fuel efficient and has low emissions. As a matter of fact the Bombardier CRJ200 emits the lowest combined take-off, sideline and approach noise when compared to almost any other commercial jetliner. It also produces one of the lowest levels of engine emissions, well below recommended standards set by current regulations, making the Bombardier CRJ200 both an environmental and community-friendly jetliner.
The air quality inside the cabin is also the best in the industry. The Bombardier CRJ200 features 100% fresh air with no air being re-circulated back into the cabin.
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