initial customers are expected shortly to sign letters of intent to convert
Bombardier CRJ200 aircraft into VIP-configured regional jets, under a programme
developed by a company called Project Phoenix.
the plan, Project Phoenix will convert the 50-seat aircraft into the
‘CRJ-Phoenix’ seating 12-19 passengers. Options include long-range fuel tanks
and work will be completed in around eight months.
company claims it has 30 expressions of interest and hopes to seal two letters
of intent shortly.
Phoenix, which detailed its plans at the Dubai
air show, is aiming to capitalise on demand for long-range business jets for
which customers might otherwise have to wait years in order to obtain a
adds that the CRJ-Phoenix is intended to be a less-expensive alternative with
conversion costs in the region of $18 million.
company Aerospace Concepts, based in Montreal,
has been tasked with the sourcing, maintenance and completion of the aircraft
while marketing will be handled by Action Aviation. Bombardier’s former sales
Phoenix president Mike Cappuccitti says:
“The proven airframe, engines and multiple-redundancy systems of the CRJ200 –
as well as its generous cabin size – make it an ideal candidate for a
are given maintenance upgrade and, if necessary, an engine-shop visit, before a
new interior is fitted including in-flight entertainment systems. With
additional fuel tanks the range can be extended to 3,000nm (5,560km).
Phoenix is aiming to secure custom from the
Middle East, Asian and European markets before switching attention to the USA.
The programme is being assisted by former Bombardier business aircraft sales chief John Lawson.