Transport Canada and EASA have awarded aircraft type certification to Bombardier's 100-seat CRJ1000 NextGen regional jet.
The CRJ1000 programme was officially launched in February 2007. Flight testing was conducted from the Bombardier flight test centre in Wichita, Kansas. Bombardier says the flight test aircraft accumulated about 1,400 flight hours in 470 missions.
"The CRJ1000 NextGen airliner adds to the proud tradition of the original ground-breaking 50-passenger CRJ100/200, 70-passenger CRJ700, 75-passenger CRJ705 and 88-passenger CRJ900 regional jets," says Bombardier, noting that all models have the same type rating as well as common maintenance and training, spares and ground support equipment.
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft president Gary Scott adds that the Canadian airframer is "proud of our ability to read the market and have larger and most cost-effective regional jets as the market requires them".
To date, Bombardier has booked firm orders for 49 CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft, including 35 from Air Nostrum of Spain and 14 from Brit Air of France.