Bombardier delivered the last CR900-840 aircraft, registered NXNUMXSK.
On Sunday, the last Bombardier CRJ aircraft left the assembly line of Canada's Mirabel plant, marking the end of the plane's 30-year history and the closure of facilities. The CR900-840, registered N1.945SK, was the XNUMXth aircraft produced and will be delivered to Delta Air Lines and operated by SkyWest Airlines.
SkyWest is one of the main operators of this model, with 371 aircraft in the fleet. The regional carrier is flying Bombardier CRJ aircraft on behalf of the company Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and United Airlines as Delta Connection, American Eagle and United Express, respectively.
While this is the end of CRJ production, Mitsubishi Aircraft has purchased the program from Bombardier in 2020 and intends to provide maintenance and spare parts for CRJ aircraft currently flying around the world.
However, it seems that the manufacture of CRJ aircraft will be completely abandoned and, in return, your SpaceJet model will be improved. It was built as a competitor of CRJ Bombardier and ERJ Embraer.
The CRJ aircraft has been a success in the regional aircraft market since its first flight in 1991.
The CRJ program has been a success in the regional aircraft market since the first flight in 1991. It gained popularity among major carriers who wanted to connect smaller markets with major hubs.
However, the industry has changed. Low-cost airlines such as Southwest Airlines and Allegiant Air have abandoned the model in favor of medium-sized aircraft such as the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320. As a result, larger, more comfortable and more efficient aircraft, such as the Embraer E170 and E190, have become more sought after.
In response, Bombardier tried to create the C-Series jet to oppose the Embraer E-Jet, but it proved too expensive. As a result, Bombardier sold the project to Airbus, which renamed it the A220. Since the sale of the CRJ program to Mitshubishi, Bombardier has said it will focus on the series of buiness aircraft and will no longer produce commercial aircraft.
Bombardier sold the CRJ program for $ 550 million in cash and $ 200 million in debt after failing to build an aircraft to compete with Airbus, Boeing and Embraer.
Bombardier sold the CRJ program for $ 550 million after failing to build an aircraft to compete with Airbus, Boeing and Embraer.
Due to changes in business strategy and the impact of the pandemic, the withdrawal of older regional aircraft is likely to accelerate in the next few years and will require a larger and more efficient replacement. Mitsubishi hopes that the acquisition of the CRJ program will push the SpaceJet program, especially since it can retain Bombardier's customer base.
However, the future of SpaceJet is uncertain. In October 2020, the company discontinued the program due to the pandemic and has since reduced the number of employees and the SpaceJet budget.
While Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways kept orders for the aircraft, the American leasing company Aerolease canceled the order for ten aircraft. Moreover, the Swedish company Rockton told Smart Aviation APAC that it does not intend to purchase the plane, although it has already signed a letter of intent for ten aircraft.
Only 167 orders remained, most of which were purchased by SkyWest and Mesa Airlines. Delivery of the first aircraft to All Nippon Airways was originally scheduled for 2022, but it is likely to be postponed. Since the program was launched in 2007, only eight test aircraft have been produced and none have been delivered.