The Bombardier CRJ900 is designed to hold 86-90 passengers in a 4-abreast configuration with two lavatories and a galley as standard equipment. It can also be configured with optional 3-abreast business-class seating. Bombardier developed a new larger winglet and improved aerodynamics for the CRJ900 that give it excellent takeoff, climb, cruise and landing performance as well as reducing the fuel burn.
Bombardier Aerospace offers 3 versions of the CRJ900: the standard CRJ900, the CRJ900 ER and CRJ900 LR. The standard version has a maximum takeoff weight of 80,500 pounds (36,504 kg) and a range of 1,350 nm (1,554 sm / 2,500 km). The Extended Range (ER) variant has a maximum take-off weight of 82,500 pounds (37,421 kg) and range of 1,593 nm (1,833 sm / 2,950 km). The Long Range (LR) model has a maximum take-off weight of 84,500 pounds (38,330 kg) and a range of 1,828 nm (2,104 sm / 3,385 km). The CRJ900 has outstanding performance, capable of max cruise speeds of Mach 0.83 (475 kts / 547 mph / 881 kph), and cruise altitudes up to 41,000 feet.
The Bombardier CRJ900 is powered by two General Electric CF34-8C5 turbofan engines that produce 14,510 pounds (63.2 kN) of take-off thrust. These same engines also power the CRJ700 and CRJ705, allowing for greater commonality between family members. 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. In addition to having improved fuel and cooling efficiencies, the Bombardier CRJ900 Series' powerplant delivers a performance envelope comparable to that of a mainline jet.
The CRJ900 is 118 feet, 8 inches (36.2 m) long with a wing span of 81 feet 6 inches (24.9 m).
The Bombardier CRJ900, as all other CRJ Series aircraft, uses Advanced Collins ProLine 4 all glass integrated cockpit avionics. This allows the CRJ to offer the highest common crew qualification between models, the "Same Type Rating", to be given to pilots. 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 CRJ900 is powered by General Electric CF34-8C5 turbofan engines producing 14,510 pounds (63.2 kN) of thrust, giving the aircraft excellent airfield and climb capability. The engine is also extremely quiet, fuel efficient and has low emissions.
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