Bombardier confirms that the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China (CAAC) has advised operators to resume Bombardier CRJ200 scheduled passenger service in China.
Currently, three civilian airlines operate the 50-passenger Bombardier CRJ200 in China – China Eastern Airlines, Shandong Airlines and Shanghai Airlines. The aircraft were suspended from operations by the CAAC on November 23, 2004 as a precautionary measure following the accident on November 21, 2004 involving a China Eastern CRJ200 in Baotou, Inner Mongolia.
This follows an earlier announcement by the CAAC on November 24, 2004 advising Shandong Airlines could resume scheduled flight operations with their two Bombardier CRJ700 70-passenger aircraft.
The CAAC has conducted thorough maintenance and safety checks of the CRJ200 fleet in China and their decision to reinstate scheduled service clearly demonstrates their confidence in the Bombardier CRJ200’s safety and performance capabilities. The Bombardier CRJ has one of the best safety records of any commercial aircraft since entering revenue service in 1992. There are over 1,100 Bombardier CRJ aircraft operating with 39 operators worldwide and these aircraft have continued in airline service during this period without disruption.
Bombardier technical personnel continue to assist the CAAC, the Transport Safety Board of Canada, Transport Canada, the NTSB and the FAA in the investigation to determine the cause of the accident in Baotou.
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