Delta Air Lines subsidiary Comair took delivery of the 1,000th production regional jet built by Bombardier Aerospace during a December 9 ceremony at the company’s plant in Dorval, Quebec. During the proceedings, Comair president Randy Rademacher and Delta Connection president Fred Buttrell took possession of the airplane, a 70-seat CRJ700, from Bombardier executive chairman Laurent Beaudoin, Bombardier Aerospace president and COO Pierre Beaudoin and Bombardier Regional Aircraft president Steve Ridolfi.
Introduced to the U.S. market by Comair a little more than a decade ago, the CRJ series has now drawn firm orders from 37 customers in more than 20 countries. Launched on March 31, 1989, on the strength of firm orders for 56 airplanes, the CRJ flew its first test mission on May 10, 1991, and won Transport Canada type approval on July 31, 1992, followed by U.S. and European approvals in early 1993. As of last month, firm orders for the CRJ family stood at 1,289.