Bombardier's new CRJ550Click image to enlarge

Bombardier has launched the new CRJ550, a 50-passenger addition to its regional jet series.

The new aircraft is based on Bombardier’s CRJ700 platform, part of the company’s highly successful CRJ family Bombardier says the CRJ550 is the first triple-class 50-seat aircraft in the world.

The CRJ550 will feature a self-serve beverage and snack station and more overall legroom per seat than any other 50-seat aircraft flown by any U.S. carrier, Bombardier says.

The CRJ550 makes Bombardier’s CRJ Series the only family of regional aircraft that can offer three class cabin across all market segments. “One of the key benefits for the US operators will be to leverage the cockpit commonality from the CRJ200 to the CRJ900,” Bombardier says. “The CRJ550 will also delight operators by delivering a 99.5 per cent proven dispatch reliability, the elimination of gate check bags, and providing connectivity.”

United Airlines is the launch customer for the new platform.

Photo courtesy Bombardier

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