Brit Air to deploy its first CRJ1000 on Lyon-Rome

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Air France's domestic airline subsidiary Brit Air expects to shortly launch its first Bombardier CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft into revenue service.

The carrier will deploy the 100-seat regional jet "on the Lyon-Rome sector during the upcoming holiday season", says Bombardier, which showcased the aircraft alongside another CRJ1000 destined for Spain's Air Nostrum at a special event this week in Mirabel.

The "cost of operation, reliability, wide passenger acceptance and ability to offer seamless connection to Air France/KLM mainline flights are all major pluses", added Brit Air chairman and CEO Marc Lamidey.

Brit Air plans to phase out its Fokker 100 fleet as it takes delivery of CRJ1000s; the carrier ordered a total 14 CRJ1000s from the manufacturer.

Also at this week's ceremony was Air Nostrum's delivery team, led by general manager Miguel Angel Falcon.

"We are very excited about putting the CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft into revenue service, and we believe our passengers will fully enjoy this aircraft," says Falcon.