Bombardier CRJ200

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CRJ100 / CRJ200
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J-Air CRJ200
Role Regional jet/Business jet
National origin Canada
Manufacturer Bombardier Aerospace
First flight 10 May 1991
Introduction 1992 (Lufthansa)
Status Out of production, active service
Primary users SkyWest Airlines
Endeavor Air
Air Wisconsin
Produced 1991–2006
Number built 1021[1]
Unit cost
US$24–39.7 million (2006)
Developed from Bombardier Challenger 600
Variants CRJ700/900/1000

The Bombardier CRJ100 and CRJ200 are a family of regional airliners manufactured by Bombardier, and based on the Canadair Challenger business jet. These regional jet models were formerly known as the Canadair CRJ100 and CRJ200.


CRJ cockpit

The aircraft was based on the design of the earlier Canadair Challenger airliner, which had been purchased by Canadair from American aircraft designer Bill Lear in 1976. The wide fuselage of the Challenger which seats 2 passengers on each side of the aisle suggested early on to Canadair officials that it would be straightforward to stretch the aircraft to accommodate more seats; accordingly, there was a publicly-mooted plan for an improved model, designated as the Challenger 610E, which would have had seating for an additional 24 passengers.[2] That lengthening did not occur, the effort being canceled during 1981; however, neither the concept or interest in developing an enlarged derivative did not disappear.

During 1987, studies commenced on the topic of a substantially more ambitious stretched configuration. These investigations directly led to the formal launch of the Canadair Regional Jet program during the spring of 1989. The "Canadair" name was retained despite the fact that Bombardier had already bought out the company by this time. The first of three development machines for the initial CRJ100 performed its first flight from Montréal–Mirabel International Airport on 10 May 1991, though the first prototype (C-FCRJ) was lost in a spin mishap on July 26, 1993 near the Bombardier test center in Wichita, Kansas.[3][4] During late 1992, the type obtained airworthiness certification while initial deliveries to customers occurred later on that year.

During the airliner's first 100 days of operational service, it performed a total of 1,237 flights, during which it achieved a 99 per cent dispatch reliability while its fuel economy was reportedly 8 per cent superior to what had been originally forecast.[5]


A Lufthansa CRJ100 landing

The CL-600 design was stretched 5.92 metres (19 feet 5 inches) to create the CRJ100. The stretch was achieved using fuselage plugs fore and aft of the wing while two additional emergency exit doors and the adoption of a reinforced and modified wing. In a typical seating configuration, the CRJ100 could accommodate 50 passengers while in a maximum configuration 52 passengers could be accommodated. The CRJ100 featured a Collins ProLine 4 avionics suite, Collins weather radar, GE CF34-3A1 turbofan engines, capable of generating up to 41.0 kN (4,180 kgp / 9,220 lbf) of thrust, along with new wings with extended span, an expanded fuel capacity and improved landing gear to handle the higher weights.

The initial model was followed by the CRJ100 ER subvariant, featuring 20 per cent greater range, and the CRJ100 LR subvariant, which possessed 40 per cent more range than the standard CRJ100. The CRJ 100 SE sub-variant was produced to more closely conform with the requirements of both corporate and executive operators. A cargo door retrofit has been developed for the installation of former passenger-configured aircraft to extend the useful life of early-built CRJ100s.[5]


The CRJ200 is identical to the 100 model except for more efficient engines.

Two SkyWest Airlines (d/b/a United Express) Bombardier CRJ 200s taxiing at Denver International Airport.

Pinnacle Airlines had operated some with 44 seats, designated as CRJ440, with closets in the forward areas of the passenger cabin though these were converted to 50 seat airplanes. These modifications were designed to allow operations under their major airline contract "scope clause" which restricted major airlines' connection carriers from operating equipment carrying 50 or more passengers to guard against usurpation of Air Line Pilots Association and Allied Pilots Association pilots' union contract; these scope clauses have been since relaxed when union contracts were re-written between unions and the three remaining U.S. legacy carriers. Similarly, Comair's fleet of 40-seat CRJ200s were sold at a discounted price to discourage Comair from purchasing the less expensive and smaller Embraer 135.

There is also a CRJ200 freighter version which is designated CRJ200 PF (Package Freighter) which was developed in cooperation with Cascade Aerospace on the request of West Air Sweden.[6][7]


CRJ-100SE corporate aircraft at Kenosha, Wisconsin in 1997
Canadair CL-600-2B19 Regional Jet CRJ-200LR of Austrian Arrows (with superseded "Tyrolean" colour scheme) on the way to its parking spot at Linz Hörsching.

Several models of the CRJ have been produced, ranging in capacity from 40 to 50 passengers. The Regional Jet designations are marketing names and the official designation is CL-600-2B19.

The CRJ100 is the original 50-seat version. It is equipped with General Electric CF34-3A1 engines. Operators include Air Georgian and RwandAir, among others.
Passenger-to-freighter conversion of CRJ100.
The CRJ200 is identical to the CRJ100 except for its engines, which were upgraded to the CF34-3B1 model, offering improved efficiency.
Package freighter version of CRJ200.
Passenger-to-freighter conversion of CRJ200.
Certified up to 44-seat, this version was designed with fewer seats in order to meet the needs of some major United States airlines.
Challenger 800/850 
A business jet variant of the CRJ200
Proposed 50-seat version with wing and cabin improvements based on the CRJ700/900. Cancelled in 2001.

Improvements and production[edit]

Since the project was terminated and production stopped, no new CRJ-200/100s have been produced, but over the years maintenance and newer technologies have been added to the planes. Some of the larger versions such as the CRJ700 have begun the processes of adding Wi-Fi access on board the aircraft, but no project has begun for the CRJ200/100 to implement Wi-Fi compatibility.[8]

Retirement trend[edit]

U.S. airlines are accelerating retirement of these 50-seat regional jets because of the number of flight cycles they go through and because rising fuel prices were making them uneconomical to operate. The retirements are also reducing the value of their parts.[9] Airlines are slowly replacing the jet with more modern aircraft like the Embraer E-175 and the Bombardier CRJ-700/900.


Air Canada Jazz CRJ200 being fueled at LaGuardia Airport

1021 CRJ100/200 have been ordered and delivered : 226 CRJ100s, 709 CRJ200s and 86 CRJ440s.[1] In July 2016, 563 CRJ100/200 were in airline service : 442 in America, 66 in Europe, 30 in Africa and 22 in Asia Pacific & Middle East. Operators with 10 or more are:[10]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 16 December 1997, Air Canada Flight 646, a Bombardier CRJ-100, crashed on a go-around at Greater Fredericton Airport in Fredericton, New Brunswick. No fatalities were reported.
  • On 22 June 2003, Brit Air Flight 5672 with registration F-GRJS from Nantes to Brest, France, crashed 2.3 miles short and 0.3 miles to the left of the runway when attempting a landing at Brest's airport. The aircraft's captain was the sole fatality.
  • On 14 October 2004, Pinnacle Airlines Flight 3701, a Bombardier CRJ-200, crashed on a non revenue, repositioning flight from Little Rock, Arkansas to Minneapolis. The pilots attempted to climb the aircraft to its published service ceiling of 41,000 feet, exceeding the aircraft's capabilities for the existing conditions. This resulted in the flame out and possible core lock of both engines. The aircraft crashed about fifteen minutes later, in sight of the diversion airport, killing both pilots.
  • On 21 November 2004, China Eastern Airlines Flight 5210, a Bombardier CRJ-200LR, crashed shortly after takeoff, killing all 53 on board as well as two on the ground.
  • On 27 August 2006, Comair Flight 5191, marketed as Delta Connection Flight 5191, a Bombardier CRJ-100ER, crashed during takeoff from the wrong runway at Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, Kentucky. There were 49 fatalities, with only the severely injured first officer surviving.
  • On 20 May 2007, an Air Canada Jazz Bombardier CRJ-100 which originated in Moncton, New Brunswick, was substantially damaged when its landing gear collapsed after landing at Toronto-Pearson International Airport, ON (YYZ). There were no injuries to any crew or passengers. Flight AC8911 departed Moncton (YQM) on a domestic flight to Toronto. The aircraft landed on runway 6 right with a 90 degree crosswind from the left, gusting from 13 to 23 knots. The aircraft first contacted the runway in a left-wing-down sideslip. The left main landing gear struck the runway first and the aircraft sustained a sharp lateral side load before bouncing. Once airborne again, the flight and ground spoilers deployed and the aircraft landed hard. Both main landing gear trunnion fittings failed and the landing gear collapsed. The aircraft remained upright, supported by the landing gear struts and wheels. The aircraft slid down the runway and exited via the Delta 3 taxiway, where the passengers deplaned. There was no fire. There were no injuries to the crew; some passengers reported minor injuries as a result of the hard landing.[11]
  • On 16 December 2007, Air Wisconsin flight 758A, a Bombardier CRJ-200LR, overran the runway during landing at T. F. Green Airport in Providence, Rhode Island. No injuries or fatalities were reported.[12]
  • On 13 February 2008, Belavia Flight 1834, a Bombardier CRJ-100LR, crashed and flipped-over during takeoff at Zvartnots International Airport in Yerevan, Armenia. Most passengers suffered some burns, and four were taken to the hospital. No fatalities were reported.
  • On 12 November 2009, RwandAir Flight 205, a Bombardier CRJ-100, crashed into a VIP terminal shortly after an emergency landing at Kigali International Airport, Rwanda; out of the ten passengers and five crew members, one passenger died.
  • On 19 January 2010, PSA Airlines Canadair CRJ-200 N246PS overran the runway at Yeager Airport, Charleston, West Virginia following an aborted take-off. The aircraft was stopped by the EMAS at the end of the runway, sustaining minor damage to its undercarriage.[13] The information in the referenced article regarding "substantial" damage was premature and inaccurate. The aircraft was flown away within days of the incident after removal of a damaged landing gear cover.
  • On 17 March 2011, Jetlink Express Bombardier CRJ 100, flight JO 752 from Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport veered off the runway at Kisumu Airport while attempting to land in light rain and misty weather. The aircraft stopped safely a few metres from the shores of Lake Victoria. There were no fatalities.
  • On 4 April 2011, a Georgian Airways Canadair CRJ-100ER 4L-GAE operating under an UN mission as flight 834 from Bangoka International Airport, Kisangani, Democratic Republic of the Congo to N'djili Airport missed the runway on landing at Kinshasa. The aircraft subsequently broke into pieces and caught fire. Only one survivor is reported out of 29 passengers and 4 crew. The airport was experiencing torrential rain, thunderstorms and low visibility at the time.[14]
  • On 6 June 2011, a SkyWest Airlines Canadair CRJ-200, flight OO 4443 (code share DL 443) from Cincinnati to Milwaukee couldn't extend right main landing gear; however, left main landing gear was extended and locked. After several failed attempts to extend the right main landing and running low on reserved fuel, airplane landed with right main gear up on runway 19R. Emergency service was on scene and no fire broke out. No injuries occurred. Runway was closed for two hours as the result.[15]
  • On 2 September 2011, Atlantic Southeast Airlines Flight 5058, operated by Canadair CRJ-200 N875AS landed at Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport with the left main undercarriage retracted. There were no injuries amongst the 50 passengers and three crew on board.[16]
  • On 5 May 2012 an Akbars Aero CRJ-200, flying from St. Petersburg to Astrakhan, Russia, made a forced landing at Voronezh airport, due to cracking of the pilot's windshield.[17]
  • On 17 July 2012, a suspended SkyWest employee attempted to steal a CRJ-200 from a Utah airport. Although his security access cards had been de-activated, the employee was able to enter the jet, start it, and attempt to taxi it toward a runway. The jet hit a jetway and a building, plowed into a parking lot and came to rest when its nose gear collapsed. After crashing the plane in the parking lot, the employee shot himself in the head and died at the scene.[18]
  • On 29 January 2013, SCAT Airlines Flight 760 crashed 5 km short of Almaty International airport in Kazakhstan near the village of Kyzyltu while attempting to land in bad weather conditions. 16 passengers and 5 crew died.[19]
  • On 8 January 2016, West Air Sweden Flight 294 between Oslo (Gardermoen) and Tromsø (Langenes) crashed, after incorrect attitude information was displayed to one pilot,[20] in northern Sweden near Ritsem, Padjelanta National Park.[21] The plane was carrying 4.5 tonnes of mail on behalf of Norway Post. The two crew members died.[22]


CRJ Specifications[23]
Variant CRJ-100 CRJ-200
Crew 3–4 : 2 Flight Crew + 1–2 cabin crew
Seating capacity 50
Cabin height 6 ft 1 in / 1.85 m
Cabin width 8 ft 3 in / 2.53 m
Length 87 ft 10 in / 26.77 m
Wing span 69 ft 7 in / 21.21 m
Height 20 ft 5 in / 6.22 m
Wing area 520.4 ft² / 48.35 m²[24]
Fuselage diameter 8 ft 10 in / 2.69 m
Operating empty 30,500 lb / 13,835 kg
Max payload 13,500 lb / 6,124 kg
Max fuel 2,135 US Gal / 8,081 L
14,305 lb (6,489 kg)
Max Take Off ER : 51,000 lb / 23,133 kg
LR : 53,000 lb / 24,041 kg
Engines (2x) GE CF34-3A1 GE CF34-3B1
Takeoff thrust (2x) 8,729 lbf / 38.84 kN[24]
50 pax range ER : 1,305 nm / 2,417 km
LR : 1,650 nm / 3,056 km[25]
ER : 1,345 nm / 2,491 km
LR: 1,700 nm /3,148 km[24]
Normal cruise M0.74 : 785 km/h (424 kn)[25]
Hi speed cruise M0.81 : 860 km/h (460 kn)[25]
Flight ceiling 41,000 ft / 12,496 m[24]
Takeoff (SL, ISA, MTOW) ER : 5,800 ft / 1,770 m
LR: 6,290 ft / 1,920 m[25][24]
Landing (SL, MLW) 4,850 ft / 1,480 m[25][24]

See also[edit]

Related development
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
Related lists


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The initial version of this article was based on a public domain article from Greg Goebel's Vectorsite.


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