Bombardier launches triple-class, 50-seat CRJ550

The first triple-class 50-seat aircraft in the world has been launched by Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. Named the CRJ550, the aircraft is a new CRJ Series model, with a type certificate based on the CRJ700. Even more exciting, the CRJ550 already has a launch customer, in the form of United Airlines, which Fred Cromer, president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft stated is, “a very important endorsement from United in regards to the CRJ platform.”
“The new CRJ550 model is the only solution in North America that can replace the existing fleet of ageing 50-seaters, a market of over 700 aircraft, added Cromer. “It offers an improved passenger experience with ample on-board storage for carry-on bags and more passenger living space.”

Initial details from Bombardier reveal that United’s CRJ550 cabin will feature ‘more overall legroom per seat than any other 50-seat aircraft flown by any US carrier’.

This year United intends to introduce 50 Bombardier CRJ 550 aircraft into its regional fleet (subject to government certification), eventually replacing the airline’s existing single-cabin 50-seat aircraft. The 50-seat aircraft will be fitted with 10 United First seats, 20 United Economy Plus seats and 20 United Economy seats, enabling the airline to offer premium seats on more connecting flights from smaller cities to the overall global network.

The cabins will also feature LED lighting, a self-serve beverage and snack station in the premium cabin, and inflight connectivity. In addition, the CRJ 550s will feature four storage closets, with enough room for customers to store their carry-on bags – indeed the airline claims this will make the CRJ 550 the only regional jet that will not require customers to routinely gate check their bags.


Bombardier says that with the CRJ550, the CRJ Series is the only family of regional aircraft that can offer three-class cabins across all-market segments, while meeting current operational requirements

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