The newest and largest member of Bombardier’s ubiquitous regional jet line, the 100-seat CRJ1000, has won certification from Transport Canada and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the Canadian manufacturer announced on November 10. Bombardier expects to start deliveries to the type’s first operator, Spain’s Air Nostrum, by year-end. The company holds firm orders for 35 of the airplanes from Air Nostrum and another 19 from Brit Air of France.
Officially launched on Feb. 19, 2007, the CRJ1000 program met with its share of obstacles during its nearly four years of development, most notably a software glitch in the command-by-wire rudder control system that grounded the two flight-test aircraft for several months. Flown for the first time on Sept. 3, 2008, the first prototype, S/N 19991, accumulated 1,400 flight hours during 470 test missions.
Measuring 9 feet 8 inches longer than the CRJ900, the CRJ1000 uses a 2- to 5-percent more powerful version of the GE CF34-8C5s that power the smaller jet, allowing it to fly as far as 1,691 nm under optimal conditions. Other changes include a 7.5-percent wing area increase using trailing-edge and wingtip extensions, stronger main landing gear and carbon, instead of steel, brakes.