More competition in the regional jet market


Bombardier Aerospace announced at the Farnborough Air Show that it was considering developing a new, 90-seat regional jet to complement its existing 50-seat CRJ and forthcoming 70-seat CRJ-700. The new aircraft, code-named BRJ-X, would feature a wider fuselage than the CRJ, with 5-abreast seating and underwing engines. The estimated development cost is US$1.5 billion. Bombardier will examine the idea for a year before deciding whether to proceed. If the aircraft is launched, deliveries could begin in 2003.

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