Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has launched a new triple-class 50-seat regional aircraft, the CRJ550, with United Airlines to be the launch customer.

The CRJ550 is a new model in the CRJ Series family of aircraft and has a new type certificate based on the CRJ700.

Fred Cromer, president, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, argued: “The new CRJ550 model is the only solution in North America that can replace the existing fleet of ageing 50-seaters, a market of over 700 aircraft.”

The company say the model will offer more overall legroom per seat than other 50-seat aircraft flown by US carriers and will also feature a self-serve beverage and snack station. With the new aircraft, Bombardier says the CRJ Series is the only family of regional aircraft offering three-class cabins across all market segments, while meeting the current operational requirements.

Bombardier have also highlighted the cockpit commonality from the CRJ200 to the CRJ900. The aircraft is also expected to deliver a 99.5% proven dispatch reliability, the elimination of gate check bags and will offer connectivity.

Cromer added: “It offers improved passenger experience with ample on-board storage for carry-on bags and more passenger living space. This is one more example of how we are focusing on creating value for our customers and a very important endorsement from United in regards to the CRJ platform.”

United Airlines’ new CRJ550 will be flown by regional carrier GoJet. The pair have executed a letter of agreement to operate the aircraft for 10 years, subject to agreement on final terms and conditions.

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