Bombardier, Comair Celebrate Launch Of North American CRJ Operations 15 Years Ago

It was on June 1, 1993 that Comair launched North American CRJ regional jet service with a flight from the airline’s base at Cincinnati to Toronto.

On June 26, 2008, the 15th anniversary was celebrated at Comair’s headquarters in a ceremony attended by John Selvaggio, President, Comair; Jim Dailly, Senior Vice-President, Sales, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft and other dignitaries from Bombardier and Comair. 

The pioneering aircraft was the first from a firm order for 20 aircraft, plus options for another 20, of the revolutionary 50-seat regional jet. Comair kept re-ordering the aircraft to raise its total CRJ Series orders to 130 regional jets. The airline currently operates 100 CRJ100/200, 15 CRJ700 and 13 CRJ900 jets. All Comair flights operate under the Delta Connection banner.

“Comair’s 15-year relationship with Bombardier has been marked with many milestones, with the most recent being the introduction of first-class service for our customers,” said Mr. Selvaggio. “We are honored to have played an integral role in Bombardier’s history, and we look forward to continuing our partnership in the years to come.”

“We are obviously very proud of the impact our CRJ aircraft have had on air transportation not only in the United States but around the world,” said Mr. Dailly. “The original 50-seater has evolved into regional jets with 70 and 90 seats and, with the advent of the CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft late in 2009, 100 seats.”

Firm orders for CRJ100/200/700/705/900/1000 aircraft now stand at 1,667 with 1,485 delivered as of April 30, 2008.

About Bombardier

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John Arnone
Bombardier Aerospace
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