Air Nostrum completes technical acceptance of first CRJ1000

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Spanish regional carrier Air Nostrum will shortly depart Canada with its first 100-seat Bombardier CRJ1000, after completing technical acceptance of the aircraft.

Earlier this week management for Air Nostrum joined Brit Air executives at Bombardier's Mirabel production site to celebrate the delivery of a CRJ1000 to each operator, representing first delivery of the type.

"Both Brit Air and Air Nostrum have had acceptance teams on site in Mirabel since last week and had been working to complete their respective deliveries at the time of the celebration. We can confirm that both Brit Air and Air Nostrum have completed the technical acceptance of their aircraft," says a Bombardier spokeswoman.

She adds: "Air Nostrum will depart with its CRJ1000 aircraft over the next few days. Brit Air has already departed."

Launched in early 2007, the stretched CRJ had originally been due for delivery before the end of 2009. But software glitches associated with the rudder control-by-wire system pushed back delivery by one year.

Air Nostrum, whose fleet includes CRJ200s and CRJ900s, holds an order for 35 CRJ1000s.