Bombardier Aerospace and Air Nostrum of Valencia, Spain yesterday celebrated the delivery of the airline’s 75th Bombardier commercial aircraft at Bombardier’s Mirabel facility in Québec, where the CRJ aircraft are manufactured. The aircraft, a CRJ1000 NextGen regional jet, was accepted by Miguel Ángel Falcón, General Manager, Air Nostrum.
The 75th aircraft follows nine CRJ1000 NextGen, 11 CRJ900, and 35 CRJ200 regional jets, as well as 19 Q300 turboprops that have previously been delivered to Air Nostrum.
“Bombardier’s CRJ and Q-Series aircraft have served Air Nostrum’s operations exceedingly well and I’m delighted to be here today to accept our latest CRJ1000 NextGen regional jet for our fleet,” said Mr. Falcón. “Since their entry-into-service in 2010, we have deployed our CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft on high-frequency routes to feed the hubs of our oneworld® alliance partner, Iberia. The CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft are performing beyond our expectations, delivering reduced costs per seat, increasing efficiencies, reducing environmental emissions and providing an enhanced passenger experience.”
“As a launch customer for the CRJ1000 NextGen regional jet, Air Nostrum has been a steadfast champion in the aircraft’s entry-into-service, and we are delighted to hand over the airline’s 10th model of the type,” said Sylvain Leclerc, Vice President & General manager, CRJ Programs, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, during the delivery event. “We wish Air Nostrum much continued success as one of Europe’s leading regional airlines,” added Mr Leclerc.
Air Nostrum is one of the largest regional airlines in Europe and a member of oneworld airline alliance. With some 2,000 employees, the airline operates more than 150,000 annual flights on more than 120 routes, and carries over 5 million passengers per year.
Air Nostrum is the only regional airline in Europe that has been chosen as "Airline of the Year" (Golden Category), by the European Regions Airline Association (ERA) on five occasions. The airline has also been awarded with the "Palme D’Or," by the same association. In 2011, Air Transport World named Air Nostrum as its “Regional Airline of the Year.”
In total, Bombardier has recorded firm orders for 1,709 CRJ Series regional jets and 1,084 Q-Series turboprops.
At entry-into-service in 2010, the CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft joined the most successful regional aircraft family in the world, building on a proven platform, with proven reliability and cost efficiency, while providing increased seating capacity and lower seat-mile costs.
Designed specifically to meet the needs of airlines in high-frequency regional markets, the CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft is now proving that it is a sound investment for its operators. The CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft is achieving the lowest cash operating cost per mile and per seat for operators in its market segment, while delivering extra range, exceptional reliability and a greener footprint.
The CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft has been achieving a mission fuel consumption rate that is four per cent better than estimated at launch. The improved fuel burn directly results in a four per cent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, equivalent to an average reduction of nearly 700 tons of greenhouse gases per aircraft, each year. The CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft is also achieving six per cent greater range than previously advertised, providing additional operational flexibility. The competitive aircraft is more than 9,700 kg (21,385 lbs) or 22 per cent heavier than the CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft for comparable passenger flights or same distance missions. The CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft’s lower operating weight empty (OWE), fuel-efficient General Electric engines and its high-efficiency wing design, are key factors contributing to the airliner’s lower fuel burn.
CRJ NextGen aircraft provide an outstanding passenger environment with a new interior that features larger overhead luggage bins, larger windows, improved cabin lighting, and redesigned ceiling panels and sidewalls.
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Notes to Editors
- Photo 1:Left to right: Mike Arcamone, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft; Sylvain Leclerc, Vice President, CRJ Programs, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft; and Miguel Ángel Falcón, General Manager, Air Nostrum show off hockey jersey commemorating the delivery of Air Nostrum's 75th Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.
- Photo 2:Left to right:Mike Arcamone, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft; Miguel Ángel Falcón, General Manager, Air Nostrum and Sylvain Leclerc, Vice President, CRJ Programs, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft with Air Nostrum's 75th Bombardier commercial aircraft in the background.
- Photo 3: Photo of Air Nostrum CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft.
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