Regional Pioneer

Bombardier’s CRJ celebrates the 25th anniversary of its entry into service this year. Bernie Baldwin looks at the life of the ground-breaking aircraft programme and at the latest developments designed to maintain its role as a leading contender in the current market.

Bombardier’s CRJ family is celebrating 25 years in service. The aircraft is the third most delivered type after the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 Family.

It may seem a back-to-front way of doing things, but let’s start with the conclusion to this tale – when the 50-seat Canadair Regional Jet entered service on November 1, 1992, it changed regional aviation forever. The story of one of the bestselling airliner programmes of all time begins in business aviation.

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