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Aerosoft’s short-haul jet is ready for take-off

The sporty lines of the CRJ700 are a common sight at airports around the world.

A brief history

Bombardier introduced the CRJ700 (Canadair Regional Jet) in the late 1990s to meet increased demand for an aircraft with greater seating capacity and range. Based on the earlier 50-seat CRJ200, the CRJ700 had a stretched fuselage increasing seating capacity to 70. It was fitted with more efficient wings, which incorporated leading edge slats and winglets. The engines were upgraded to FADEC-controlled GE CF34-8C5s producing 13,700Ib of thrust, while the cockpit was updated with EFIS (Electronic Flight Instrument System) displays. The CRJ700 made its maiden flight in 1999 and the first example entered service with French carrier, Brit Air in 2001. The larger CRJ900 was developed on the back of the CRJ700, featuring an extended fuselage to carry up to 90 passengers. It entered service with launch customer Northwest Airlink (now Mesaba Aviation). To date, 334 CRJ700s and 400 CRJ900s have rolled off the production line.

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