Bombardier to end pre-NextGen CRJ models this month

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Bombardier says 2007 has been a satisfying year for its CRJ programme. The Canadian manufacturer has announced a total of 238 regional aircraft sales with turboprops accounting for 93 firm orders and regional jets for 145.

This past spring Bombardier launched the CRJ NextGen programme and Bombardier’s backlog for NextGen aircraft now comprises virtually its entire backlog for regional jets.

At this year’s Paris Air Show, Bombardier Regional Aircraft president Steven Ridolfi said the manufacturer had a total backlog of 90 NextGen CRJs. Every winning campaign since has been for the NextGen models.

Since its last order update on 31 October 2007, the manufacturer has announced 29 firm sales and 22 options all for the CRJ NextGen products. New customer Adria Airways ordered two CRJ900s and one CRJ1000 while GoJet Airlines signed a contract to acquire four CRJ-700s. SkyWest placed a firm order for 18 CRJ-700s and four CRJ-900s. The transaction also includes 22 options which SkyWest can apply to either aircraft.

“We have taken orders for 170 CRJ700, CRJ900 and CRJ1000 Next Generation models,” says Bert Cruickshank Director, Industry & Airline Communications Bombardier Aerospace Regional Aircraft.

As a result the manufacturer has gradually transitioned to a point where it will no longer produce current-model CRJ700s and CRJ900s. “All pre-NextGen models will be delivered in 2007,” says Trung Ngo,Vice President, Marketing & Communications Bombardier Aerospace, Regional Aircraft.

Asked if Bombardier was working on a NextGen retrofit kit for the current CRJ700s and CRJ900s models, Ngo said that Bombardier has no plan for a retrofit kit at this time.