Bombardier Regional Jet CRJ-900LR, SAS, EI-FPF
The Bombardier CRJ900 regional jet, a stretched derivative of the CRJ700 was announced in 1999. Assembly of the first production aircraft began in 2001.
The aircraft completed its first flight on 21 February 2001 at Montreal’s Mirabel International Airport. In February 2003, the first aircraft was delivered to launch customer, Mesa Airlines, which has placed firm orders for 25 aircraft. Total orders for the CRJ900 regional jet are 343 aircraft of which, 287 have been delivered by March 2014.
The 86-seat CRJ900 is a stretched variant of the 70-seat CRJ700 with two fuselage plugs, one forward and one aft of the centre section.
Compared with the CRJ700, the CRJ900 has 5% higher thrust engines, strengthened main landing gear, upgraded wheels and brakes, a strengthened wing, increased volume in the forward underfloor baggage hold, an additional underfloor baggage door and two additional overwing exits.
For fast airport turnaround, an additional service door has been placed at the aft starboard side of the fuselage providing access for aircraft cleaning and galley replenishment crew, while passengers disembark through the forward passenger door.
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