Bombardier CRJ Improvements Approved by Canadian, U.S. Regulatory Authorities Ahead of Schedule

Bombardier Aerospace announced today that Transport Canada (TC) and the U. S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have approved four Bombardier CRJ Series enhancement programs ahead of schedule. European approval is expected in the near future.

The regulatory agencies granted approvals for the:

* Bombardier CRJ900 Enhanced Performance Package (EPP)
* Bombardier CRJ900 Long Range (LR) variant
* Bombardier CRJ700 Series 705
* Bombardier CRJ700 upgraded engine

The new Bombardier CRJ900 Enhanced Performance Package (EPP) provides improved take-off and landing distances by combining the optimization of wing leading-edge devices and a redesigned winglet that results in an improved lift/drag ratio and reduced approach speeds. The winglet contributes to lower fuel consumption.

The CRJ900 LR variant provides an increased payload and range over the extended range (ER) model and can carry a full passenger load more than 2,270 miles (3,660 km).

The Bombardier CRJ700 Series 705, the first of which will be delivered to Air Canada Jazz in late May 2005 has a maximum capacity of 75 passenger seats and is powered by two General Electric CF34-8C5 engines. The CRJ700 Series 705 also incorporates the Enhanced Performance Package (EPP).

The Bombardier CRJ700 engine program upgrades the current General Electric CF34-8C1 engine to a derated variant of the CF34-8C5 engine used on the CRJ900, and is designated the CF34-8C5B1. The CF34-8C5B1 provides CRJ700 operators with up to 20 per cent reduction in maintenance costs over a 15-year period. In addition, this upgrade allows operators to carry a single spare engine type to support a mixed CRJ700/CRJ900 fleet, simplifying fleet management and significantly reducing spares investment.

Transport Canada also formally acknowledged that the Bombardier CRJ700 Series 705, the CRJ900 with the EPP and the CRJ900 LR will be added to the same pilot type rating that is already shared by the existing Bombardier CRJ100/200, CRJ700, and CRJ900.

"These approvals extend the capabilities of the Bombardier CRJ family of aircraft, providing even more operational flexibility to operators," said Rod Williams, Vice-president, Aircraft Programs, Bombardier Regional Aircraft. "In addition, we have expanded revenue-generating capability while lowering operating costs."

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