Bombardier Introduces CRJ550
Bombardier has officially launched its new 50-seat CRJ550 passenger jet. United Airlines is the launch customer for the new model, with 50 aircraft on order. As per a recently executed a letter of agreement, the new CRJs will be operated by United regional partner GoJet for at least 10 years. According to GoJet, deliveries are expected to begin later this year with the first 25 CRJ550s in service by the end of 2019 and the remaining 25 aircraft joining its fleet by the summer of 2020.
“The new CRJ550 model is the only solution in North America that can replace the existing fleet of aging 50-seaters, a market of over 700 aircraft,” said Bombardier Commercial Aircraft President Fred Cromer. “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.”
According to Bombardier, the CRJ550 will offer more overall legroom per seat than other 50-seat aircraft flown by U.S. carriers, three cabin classes and increased onboard storage space. The aircraft is based on the Canadian manufacturer’s CRJ700 platform.