Bombardier adds CRJ700 Long Range Model

Bombardier adds value to its CRJ family of aircraft.

Bombardier Aerospace today announced a new Long Range (LR) model of the 70- to 78-seat Bombardier CRJ700 airliner.

The CRJ700 LR aircraft will have a range of 2,516 miles (4,048 km), an increase of about 276 miles (444 km) over the CRJ700 ER (extended range) model.

The extended range is made possible by increasing the aircraft's maximum take-off weight, allowing it to carry more fuel. In addition to the increase in the maximum take-off weight, the LR model will also provide an increase in the maximum payload and maximum landing weights. These weight increases will allow the airlines greater flexibility in the operation of the CRJ700 LR jetliner.

"The CRJ700 LR aircraft will allow operators to carry greater payloads over greater distances and increase their ability to generate more revenue," said Rod Williams, vice-president, Aircraft Programs, Bombardier Regional Aircraft.

The Bombardier CRJ700 LR aircraft, which will be available in the first quarter of 2006, will be powered by General Electric CF34-8C5B1 engines. Existing CRJ700 aircraft can readily be retrofitted to the new CRJ700 LR aircraft standards.

"The CRJ700 LR jetliner together with the recently announced engine upgrade for the CRJ700 aircraft, the upgraded performance CRJ900 aircraft and the new CRJ900 LR airliner show that the Bombardier CRJ Series is constantly evolving to meet customer expectations," said Mr. Williams. "We are expanding operating and revenue-generating capability and lowering operating costs."

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For information:
Bert Cruickshank
Bombardier Aerospace
(416) 375-3030