Spanish regional carrier Air Nostrum has taken delivery of the airline’s 75th Bombardier commercial aircraft at Bombardier’s Mirabel facility in Québec, where CRJ-family regional jets are manufactured.
The aircraft, a Bombardier CRJ1000 NextGen regional jet, was accepted on February 2, 2012 by Miguel Ángel Falcón, general manager of Air Nostrum.
The 75th aircraft follows nine other CRJ1000 NextGen regional jets, 11 CRJ900s, 35 CRJ200s and 19 Bombardier Q300 turboprops previously delivered to Air Nostrum. The airline has nine additional Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen aircraft and 25 more CRJ1000s yet to be delivered.
“Bombardier’s CRJ and Q-Series aircraft have served Air Nostrum’s operations exceedingly well and I’m delighted to be here today to accept our latest CRJ1000 NextGen regional jet for our fleet,” said Falcón.
“Since their entry into service in 2010, we have deployed our CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft on high-frequency routes to feed the hubs of our oneworld alliance partner, Iberia,” added Falcón. “The CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft are performing beyond our expectations, delivering reduced costs per seat, increasing efficiencies, reducing environmental emissions and providing an enhanced passenger experience.”
“As a launch customer for the CRJ1000 NextGen regional jet, Air Nostrum has been a steadfast champion in the aircraft’s entry into service, and we are delighted to hand over the airline’s 10th model of the type,” said Sylvain Leclerc, vice president & general manager, CRJ programs for Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, during the delivery event. “We wish Air Nostrum much continued success as one of Europe’s leading regional airlines.”
Air Nostrum, whose full name is Air Nostrum, Líneas Aéreas del Mediterráneo, S.A., is also known as Iberia Regional. It is one of the largest regional airlines in Europe and an associate member of the oneworld airline alliance.
With some 2,000 employees, the airline operates more than 150,000 annual flights on more than 120 routes, and carries over 5 million passengers per year.
Air Nostrum is the only regional airline in Europe that has been chosen as “Airline of the Year” (Golden Category), by the European Regions Airline Association (ERA) on five occasions. The carrier now operates just three of the 19 Q300 turboprops of which it took delivery, but continues to operate five ATR 72-500 turboprops and has 10 ATR 72-600s on order.
In total, Bombardier has recorded firm orders for 1,709 CRJ Series regional jets and 1,084 Q-Series turboprops.
The CRJ1000 NextGen was designed specifically to meet the needs of airlines in high-frequency regional markets. Bombardier says the aircraft is achieving the lowest cash operating cost per mile and per seat for operators in its market segment, while delivering extra range, exceptional reliability and a greener footprint.
According to Bombardier, the CRJ1000 NextGen has been achieving a mission fuel-consumption rate that is 4 per cent better than estimated at program launch. The improved fuel burn directly results in a 4 per cent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, equivalent to an average reduction of nearly 700 tons of greenhouse gases per aircraft, each year.
The manufacturer says the CRJ1000 NextGen is also achieving 6 per cent greater range than previously advertised, providing additional operational flexibility. Bombardier claims the CRJ1000’s nearest competitor (the high-selling Embraer 190) is more than 9,700kg (21,385 lb) or 22 per cent heavier than the CRJ1000 NextGen for comparable passenger flights or same-distance missions.
The CRJ1000 NextGen’s lower operating weight empty (OWE), General Electric CF34-8C5A1 engines and its high-efficiency wing design are key factors contributing to the airliner’s lower fuel burn, according to Bombardier.
CRJ NextGen aircraft feature a new interior (compared with earlier-model CRJs) that offers larger overhead luggage bins, larger windows, improved cabin lighting, and redesigned ceiling panels and sidewalls.