Air Nostrum "very pleased" with new CRJ1000 NextGen

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Air Nostrum is praising the performance and economics of the brand new 100-seat Bombardier CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft, which entered revenue service for the carrier late last year.

The regional partner to Spain's Iberia has taken delivery of five of 35 on-order CRJ1000s, and tells ATI: "Air Nostrum management is very pleased with the performance to date, recognising the aircraft have accumulated very little hours yet. [The] same applies to the economics, so far so good. The reliability is very high and no relevant snags have been detected."

Delivery of the first CRJ1000 to Air Nostrum was delayed after a software glitch associated with a new rudder control-by-wire system grounded flight testing last year. "The delay had an impact but we have managed to minimise it together with Bombardier," says the Air Nostrum spokesman.

Air Nostrum, whose fleet includes 35 CRJ200s, is replacing its 50 seaters with the CRJ1000, "as it has much better cost per seat, so we can better compete in our low yield environment", says the spokesman. "The routes flown are a mix of both domestic and international ones."

So far, passengers are pleased with the CRJ1000, which boasts the NextGen design's signature larger windows and LED lighting as well as B/E Aerospace seats. "Customer response has been very positive. The new windows and lights makes the interior look more roomy and comfortable," says the spokesman.

Air Nostrum will accept delivery of three more CRJ1000s before the end of the year.